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Walwyn collected $276K 'lump sum' from HoA retirement package - Dr Wheatley

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Virgin Islands (VI) Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has joined in blasting the controversial National Democratic Party (NDP) Sixth District Candidate, Myron V. Walwyn along with Honourable Marlon A. Penn (R8) over their criticism of the HoA retirement package. Photo: Facebook/File
Officially called the Retiring Allowances Legislative Service Amendment Act 2021, the Premier speaking at the Eight District campaign launch at East End on Thursday, March 23, 2023, reminded Mr Walywn that it was Hon Penn who voted in favour of the bill while his colleague Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R2) who seconded the act. Photo: Facebook/File
Officially called the Retiring Allowances Legislative Service Amendment Act 2021, the Premier speaking at the Eight District campaign launch at East End on Thursday, March 23, 2023, reminded Mr Walywn that it was Hon Penn who voted in favour of the bill while his colleague Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R2) who seconded the act. Photo: Facebook/File
EAST END, Tortola, VI- Virgin Islands (VI) Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has joined in blasting the controversial National Democratic Party (NDP) Sixth District Candidate, Myron V. Walwyn along with Honourable Marlon A. Penn (R8) over their criticism of the HoA retirement package now being referred to as the 'Greedy Bill'.

Officially called the Retiring Allowances Legislative Service Amendment Act 2021, the Premier speaking at the Eight District campaign launch at East End on Thursday, March 23, 2023, reminded Mr Walywn that it was Hon Penn who voted in favour of the bill while his colleague Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R2) who seconded the act.

Retirement package is 'political wickedness' - Walwyn 

“Mr Myron Walwyn said the Retirement Allowances Act is political wickedness. I want Mr Myron Walwyn to tell me now, and tell the people of the Virgin Islands, that Honourable Marlon Penn is politically wicked”, Dr Wheatley said.

Dr Wheatley, in referring to Walwyn as a “glass house” continued to blast him over the comments while noting that Hon Vanterpool was also the one who seconded the Act.

“How many terms does Mark Vanterpool got? Mark Vanterpool has done about five terms. He’s going home with a good package and when it came time to have the third reading of the bill, who seconded it? Mark Vanterpool”, he said.

Dr Wheatley contended that in essence, Walwyn is saying that his colleague Mr Vanterpool is politically wicked while also detailing the amount of money Mr Walwyn reportedly collected as a result of the bill.

Walwyn already collected his 'lump sum' - Dr Wheatley 

“Mr Myron Walwyn took home two hundred and seventy-six thousand, two hundred and seventy-four dollars and fifty cents (276,274.50¢). That’s why he could tell you how much, because in one lump sum, he took that home.”

“And every month, on top of that… he’s paid five thousand, five hundred and twenty-five dollars and fifty cents. And he will be paid that for the rest of his life”, he noted.

Meanwhile, the premier also stated that ahead of the passage of the bill, Mr Walwyn was ringing down his phone and enquiring when the bill would go to Cabinet.

Dr Whatley continued, “If you live in a glass house, don’t throw stones. So if I were Mr Myron Walwyn I would’ve leave that alone”, Dr Wheatley said.

Penn & Vanterpool supported bill - Dr The Hon Whealtey 

He added that the only person who qualifies for pension for the rest of their life, is Honourable Alvera Maduro-Caines (R6) and those who stand to benefit more from it are Hon’s Vanterpool, Penn, Melvin M. Turnbull (R2), Julian Fraser RA (R3) and the former Premier Andrew A. Fahie.

In re-emphasizing that he sought to have aspects of the bill repealed, Dr Wheatley noted that it was only after Hon Penn realized that the move was not going to affect his allowance, he also supported the move to repeal aspects of the bills after reportedly seeking legal advice.

53 Responses to “Walwyn collected $276K 'lump sum' from HoA retirement package - Dr Wheatley”

  • D6 (25/03/2023, 12:22) Like (47) Dislike (32) Reply
    I applaud the Premier for bringing this to light. He Walwyn is such a disgrace and got the face to act as if he did not benefit from the bill, not forgetting you Marlon.
    • Linda (25/03/2023, 15:05) Like (16) Dislike (4) Reply
      Let the backbiting begin.
      • smh (25/03/2023, 18:19) Like (15) Dislike (8) Reply
        And how much will this accidental premier get when he is voted out?
        • @SMH (26/03/2023, 15:42) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
          Just over 500k and payment for the rest of his life.
          After 2 terms the man entitled to his pension. The adjustment made to salary plus allowances is not bad. However the other parts are ridiculous.
          1 (4yrs of doing nothing) term pensioner =25 years as a civil servant( government employee)
          Paying the salary of someone fired (voted out) by the people for 2 years and still paying the replacement.
          NHI is not good for HOA members but it is good for the civil servants.
          Imagine you getting paid for 2 years because you were fired ???? nice VIP nice let's do this for all civil service

          Slowande too scared to go back to his old job he. He may need that increment too, lol.
      • NezRez (25/03/2023, 21:55) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
        Walwyn's face looks like he wants to beat the Premier up!
    • @D6 (25/03/2023, 18:57) Like (10) Dislike (5) Reply
      Applaud who, as an educated man he is speaking nonsense. I want wo hear what can be done better for the Country, Youths and infrastructure. Bad roads, bad water supply, crime rise, bad sewage system, poor education system. I can go on... Not one of these idiots address important issues plaguing the country. Stop saying what he did. Tell me what are you going to do... Am not voting for none until i hear something of interest.
  • I Blame the Gov & Britain. (25/03/2023, 12:30) Like (50) Dislike (8) Reply
    The Governor and Britain know this greed, selfishness and self enrichment were taking place while the country issues are ignored...The Recommendation for constitution suspension for two yrs was the solution that is what should have been done...The Governor and Britain have failed us. These politicians will not stop, no matter who is in power.. I already made it clear im not voting for anyone that openly and publicly disrespect the Governor..Good and Proper leadership starts with respecting authority, or disagreeing respectfully.
    • 2023 (25/03/2023, 14:52) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
      @ i blame Britain: ask one of your friends how much the all what governors gets out the BVI Tax Payers Money:….during covid 19 challenging economic time the White House purchased a vehicle with a set of the BVI Tax Money

      The British do not pay any of the expenses for their reps
    • @I blame the Governor & Britain (26/03/2023, 11:57) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      We need to be blaming ourselves my dear. We sat back and allowed the government we voted in, to set themselves up to rushes while we the ordinary citizens are left to struggle. Leave the Governor and Britain out of our mess that we allowed to happen. Did you go out to demonstrate against the greedy bill? I didn’t and I wish I could go back and change time because you sure bet I would have been outside the house of assembly making noise until they changed what they have in the bill. Set of thieves!!
  • pat (25/03/2023, 12:30) Like (45) Dislike (17) Reply
    Come on Myron, if you so against it then return the money.
    • Quiet Warrior (25/03/2023, 12:57) Like (9) Dislike (13) Reply
      Look out your window to see if you see a green mule flying. You will quicker see a green mule flying than these frauds who take the money and now want to behave like Pilates with. Kean hands. They are Hippocrates and frauds. Did Hon Maduro-Caines vote for the greedy bill?
  • one eye (25/03/2023, 12:35) Like (23) Dislike (22) Reply
    Funny man is a fraud
  • Why can't (25/03/2023, 12:52) Like (53) Dislike (7) Reply
    People comprehend, this bill has been around since VIP AND NDP were in office in FACT Andrew and Fraser along with any politician who served more than two terms get that money that Myron got. The bill that the VIP passed in the second part, is worst than what you think. The bill will have these ministers collecting double the money for the rest of their lives, what NDP is saying that should not happen, you paying all that money to people who is not serving in an elected capacity for up to three years. People read the bill, and you will understand. VIP is trying to manipulate the system that HL Stoutt put in place.
  • Curious (25/03/2023, 13:01) Like (12) Dislike (22) Reply
    Funny manplease giveback the money. But then he would have not much to give his greedy supporters. Especially that humpty bum upfort hill. He cannot read not even his name
  • Myron pay it all back (25/03/2023, 13:14) Like (30) Dislike (32) Reply
    Thank God the Premier expose yoy Myron. You is one of them raping the Treasury while everyday people suffer. He need to pay that money back if he so against the Greedy Bill. No one in 6 district should vote for you until you publicly commit to returning that money. You are a crooked politician and the NDP corruption wall at the high school proves it. Good luck in court!
    • Shame. Shame. Shame (25/03/2023, 14:06) Like (20) Dislike (15) Reply
      Thanks Much for sharing that info Mr. Prwmier. It is surely a bad look for all involved..
    • Sound so chupid (26/03/2023, 08:46) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      It’s idiots like you who don’t read and don’t k ow the law this existed way before Myron he was only collecting what was due to him darn clown
  • man (25/03/2023, 13:29) Like (19) Dislike (20) Reply
    Alvera did not support that bill. She is not greedy thats is one why I will support her wholeheartedly
    • @man (25/03/2023, 15:25) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      We wouldn't

    • @man (25/03/2023, 15:25) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
      We wouldn't

    • Really (25/03/2023, 19:35) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      She was absent; she didn’t vote NO
    • @man (26/03/2023, 12:10) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Alvera played smart on the day they were going to agree. She didn’t say no, not one of them said no. Don’t be fooled. Money makes everyone lose their graces to greed. She’s just as guilty as the rest of them.
    • @man (26/03/2023, 15:43) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      Lol, she was out dealing with family stuff. Average does nothing
  • We are still voting for him in the 6th (25/03/2023, 13:41) Like (26) Dislike (8) Reply
    The short lady with the bag received a better package that Myron so what's the big deal?
  • vest (25/03/2023, 13:57) Like (11) Dislike (11) Reply
    Man u hard a good thing going u mes up i thing that the end of your political corea
  • dumb (25/03/2023, 14:07) Like (39) Dislike (9) Reply
    Thank God Myron exposed the Premier and the greedy bill. If not for him, SOWANDE would be laughing his greedy behind to the bank. Sowande really have the people for a fool and lying to them. The part that has been in place has been on place but the greedy part is what the majority house, being the VIP, put there. We will see which sites getting paid to be bias now.
  • musa (25/03/2023, 14:13) Like (13) Dislike (5) Reply
    Soon soon we having a new premier
  • 2023 (25/03/2023, 14:39) Like (24) Dislike (12) Reply
    and some of you want to bring back National Dose of Poison: these bright-boys doctors, lawyers and economist comes under the table and unless they antics are not exposed we the people will never know: the rep for the eight district failed to tell you the people about his political comrade and the money in question:

    talk to the people; is the retirement plan the motive why we have so much of them running in 2023

  • The TRUTH (25/03/2023, 14:40) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
    The following contribution is by Ayana Hull…

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    Why, in my opinion, the Greeedy Act needs to be revisited as a matter of national priority!

    The Greedy Act has issues. General and most obvious observations about its shortcomings:

    1. In essence, the last House of Assembly gave themselves a raise through the back door that they were unable to achieve through the front door.

    2. The approximately 40,000 in salary and $60,000 in allowances were combined as 100,000 in salaries.

    3. This was done by amending the definition of “maximum salary” in the Act, which excluded allowances, to include allowances as part of the maximum salary. This then caused the retirement amount to increase. The calculation is now on around $100,000 and not $40,000 as before with prior legislators.

    4. Then in addition to this increase in salary, they added additional salaries (by amending section 3 of the Act) to those amounts commensurate with length of time in service. These additional salaries are:

    * One full parliamentary term - 2 years salary
    * Two full consecutive parliamentary terms - 2 years’ salary
    * Three or four full consecutive parliamentary terms - 3 years’ salary
    * Five or more full consecutive parliamentary terms - 4 years’ salary.

    5. The result seems to be outrageous payment amounts, with a minimum of 300,000 and up to $600,000 in some cases, as I understand it.

    6. There is no age requirement for these salaries. They are collected at any time once out of office.

    7. At age 65, legislator can collect all salary as a lump sum.

    8. Please also understand that Legislators include:

    *All persons elected to the House of Assembly
    *The Speaker of the House
    *The Deputy Speaker of the House
    *All Ministers
    *Leader of the Opposition
    *Junior Ministers

    All of the above will benefit from the Greedy Act.

    9. These additional salary provisions in section 3 of the Act are only applicable to legislators serving in the Fourth House of Assembly from 12th March 2019 and subsequent Houses of Assembly.

    10. Legislators who received gratuity under the provisions visions of Cap 139 (the initial Act) are not entitled to additional gratuity payment.

    11. We also need to understand if allowances and emoluments include that moratorium which legislators receive for acting as ministers, Premier and Deputy Premier. It seems to me that a moratorium is an emolument.

    12. If I am correct, then with the way we have been giving everyone a chance to be Deputy Premier and Premier, the maximum salary of all legislators will be calculated at the Deputy Premier’s or Premier’s salary (a higher salary than their own), for the purposes of the retirement allowances.

    13. This was either not thought through properly or thought through very well. If the latter, I am disappointedly impressed!

    14. The politicians make no contribution to this scheme. In Barbados for example, they must contribute 5% of their salary to the pension scheme.

    15. There are no disqualifying provisions for bad actors. So good, bad or criminal, the benefits do not lapse by any provisions in the Act. Other countries (Barbados again), have disqualifying provisions.

    16. After receiving the pension payments upon ceasing to be a legislator (which can be as low as $300,000 and as much as $600,000 and with a monthly stipend of $5500 or more), if that legislator returns to office, only the monthly payment is suspended. The lump sum is the legislators for keeps.

    17. This means that a legislator is paid while in office, then paid while out of office for the four years and then can run again in four years and win to be paid more! With the way party politics operate in the BVI, where we change political parties every four years, almost, definitely every eight years, it’s almost certain that the politicians have already figured this out.

    18. If you are paid whether you are in office or out of office (and more handsomely now it seems when you are out of office), then what’s the real incentive to work for the people while in office, when we still pay you while you are out of office and awaiting your chance to return in the next four years?

    19. We need to investigate how other jurisdictions approach remuneration packages (compensation and retirement) for legislators and enact a piece of legislation that makes sense and is fair and equitable to the legislators and the tax payers footing the bill.

    20. We also need a women’s conference on the Greedy Act! I will come back to that separately shortly.
  • WTF (25/03/2023, 15:04) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    All those corrupt greedy bastards should return our money to the treasury. How they got so damn greedy and wicked? God will judge them.
    • The Old Greedy bill. (25/03/2023, 16:39) Like (36) Dislike (0) Reply
      Here is my Issue and opinion. Those that already collected their pension and is collecting monthly should not be allowed to run for office again.. They served, they got rewarded. They just need to move on to something else...
  • Greed and votes (25/03/2023, 15:46) Like (14) Dislike (14) Reply
    Then the lady in the 6th will live comfortably after the election.

    So she don’t qualify for the sympathy vote.

    Let’s go Myron.
  • hypocritical (25/03/2023, 16:35) Like (15) Dislike (6) Reply
    @ The Truth. Thank you Ayana for your expertise in analyzing and informing the public on the real truth of this greedy bill. The premier realizes that whatever he says ,the vip supporters takes it for granted and runs away with it as full truth when it is nothing less than blatant lies and half truths. Hope everyone take the time out to read the facts you presented and to read between the lines of deception versus the truth.
  • break it down (25/03/2023, 17:05) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Question, should the PUBLIC DEMAND,not only him, but the others that the Premier did not "NAMED" to pay back or just pay out the others on the waiting list, including the Premier.???
  • The wigged one (25/03/2023, 17:21) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
    has given his racism rethoric a little rest to flex off on the one-sided story by the slogman with his usual blogging under different names with his usual VINDICTIVENESS and envy for Myron / it aint his fault the slow man dropped kicked your rear end out the HO A
  • PAY-DAY (25/03/2023, 17:25) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Wow wow wow, so the past Speaker fall short by 10 Months, (DARN it )
  • WEW (25/03/2023, 17:27) Like (12) Dislike (9) Reply
    All that money. Doesn’t include all the kick backs he got from the WALL and all the other projects. DISCUSTING
  • Seasalt (25/03/2023, 18:16) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    What was the point again Premier by default? So you are saying that Walwyn was not supposed to get his retirement package like all other two term politicians. Was his package calculated under this greedy bill or the old laws? Stop trying to make we suns look like stars, it will hit you back in your face. Greedy Greedy Greedy, You and you embattled members. By April 24 we will know if the people of the BVI accept this status quo.
  • Dancing with the Stars (25/03/2023, 18:21) Like (9) Dislike (9) Reply
    Hon Myron Waelyn in very deceitful and try to score political points. The Premier was in order to expose him. Whatever is his political ambition, I will not vote for him. These are critical times and I prefer to vote for Dr Natalio Wheatley rather than Myron. He has betrayed the trust I had for him. I recalled when he used the voice clip of Ralph O'Neal note as being complementing him. Myron is not to be trusted.
  • herbs power (25/03/2023, 18:52) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let the debate begin between both of them.
    • Herb power (25/03/2023, 20:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      That will never happen not that. Not all kindergarten kids does talk back to the teacher. However most of them know where the teacher does keep the chalk
  • asking for a friend (25/03/2023, 19:37) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    Funny man is rich all that money plus what he made on the wall?
  • OB (25/03/2023, 20:04) Like (9) Dislike (9) Reply
    Ppl let
    Who in stay in to run the country! Give sowande a chance to prove his term he is the most educated and level headed one at this point!! Don’t let in ppl who don’t know anything about politics it’s not like running a business it’s a country!! Be careful who you putting in , look at those who back biting the premier just greedy for power
  • Disinterested (25/03/2023, 20:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Most of these greedy MSs voted for the damn bill and now pretending they want to repeal it. It is a make sham for they most of MSs are not going to repeal it. They are a bunch of greedy frauds and Hippocrits. Even some of the challengers are pretending they want to repeal the bill. Who are willing to sign a petition that if elected they will vote to repeal the bill. Can some advocacy start the petition and let’s see the leaders from the pretenders. Some of these frauds will say they didn’t read the bill . Anyone that does not repeal a bill and vote for should be in the HOA. Further, anyone that disrespect the HOA by being consistently fashionably late for meetings shoukd be in the HOA, for they disrespect the House and the people of the BVI who voted them in. They should be docked for being late. All who vote for this bill should not be elected, for they are some greedy, dishonest, frauds, hippocrits S..b.
  • holy ghost (26/03/2023, 01:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    At the May 20 press conference, the premier added that government plans to review compensation packages for public officers as well.

    “Your government has taken up the review of the compensation packages for all our public officers,” he said. “But that is not a legislative amendment. That requires more. So together with the Deputy Governor’s Office, your current government is addressing the remuneration for public officers by making sure that we do a job reclassification as well as salary revision.”

    Mr. Fahie said teachers, police officers, customs officers and others have been complaining that they’re not earning enough.

    He asked that they give his government more time to solve problems that have been in the making for years. Keep igniri g and u wonder why the public officers currupt. Tgis government dont even help school children. It needs to stop the grreed and the lies and cant pay increments for five years and cant pay the people who suppose to protect the country.
  • 1% health workers (26/03/2023, 07:46) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lucky for them in only 12 yrs or if said 3 terms you getting 100% of your pay and the BVIHSA workers who working 12hrs a day and some over 15-25 yrs going be going home with the crumbs off the table at 1% in lump some and less than half them salary per month that can't even pay some of our rent and utilities so if we looking for a better BVILOVE let the GREEDY BILL be to all Government workers big or small and we all be happy to vote for you
  • suggestion (26/03/2023, 11:46) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    This packages should only be for Chief Ministers/Premiers. A lot of countries doing this for the ex Prime Minister/Presidents I never hear if them include the Ministers in it.
  • Jack Husbands (26/03/2023, 13:19) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Gosh. I know 8 or so other nurses who worked for 30 years and haven't been granted a pension. Only because they were not belongers. All their belonger colleagues, even those with far less years, got or are entitled to pensions. And their pleas have fallen on death ears. No replies from the Dep Gov or even the AG. No assistance from their CEO. This is a gross injustice accompanied by a slap in the face.
    • RedStorm (28/03/2023, 15:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ Jack Husbands,
      Ask them to speak to their foreign minister of their country.
  • Hmm (27/03/2023, 18:10) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I working in the hot sun and cannot get to take him twenty-five hundred per month. Just wow. No wonder there isn't enough money to fix the roads

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