PLP Chairman blasts Baha Mar director over ‘inflammatory remarks against govt’

Bradley Roberts

Bradley Roberts


Tribune Staff Reporter


PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday accused Baha Mar Director and businessman Diosinio D’Aguilar of putting thousands of resort employees at risk due to his “inflammatory remarks”, “creating confusion, making inflammatory remarks against the government and placing thousands of jobs in jeopardy.”

Mr Roberts blasted the resort director over his recent comments, stating that Mr D’Aguilar should “do the Bahamian people a favour and keep his advice to himself” given his role in the current Baha Mar “mess”.

The PLP chairman sniped at Mr D’Aguilar, president of Superwash laundromat chain, adding that “when the public needs advice on washing clothes, we will turn to him. Until then, no thank you”.

His comments came one day after Mr D’Aguilar complained that “everything is being stacked against Baha Mar”, with the Government and its Chinese partners seemingly “working in tandem” to a “well mapped-out” strategy to remove the Izmirlian family from the project.

In a press statement, Mr Roberts said: “Mr D’Aguilar is clearly a part of the problem and should keep quiet in the best interest of all Bahamians and the project. Here is a man who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, never wanted for one day in his life, but is making one inflammatory remark after the other with the consequence of creating confusion, divisiveness on this issue and placing the jobs of thousands in further jeopardy.”

“He sat as a member of the Baha Mar board when without notice Baha Mar filed a bankruptcy application in Delaware, placing both crown land and the payment of over $100 million in monies owed to scores of Bahamian contractors and creditors in jeopardy.

He said: “As a board member, he helped to preside over the current impasse that the government was called in to resolve. He fully knew that filing for chapter 11 allowed the developer to walk away from the massive debt he owed to scores of Bahamian creditors, including the government. To date, D’Aguilar has refused to stand up for Bahamians and at least admit that fact.”

Mr Roberts also denied that the government has taken a “side” in the Baha Mar dispute and said the government is only concerned about the Bahamian people.

“To date, the only side the government of The Bahamas has taken is the side of the Bahamian people and the national sovereignty of The Bahamas. It was the Bahamian government that paid the salaries of the 2,500 Bahamian workers at Baha Mar while seeking a good faith negotiated settlement because their welfare was very important to the government. The government refused to allow anybody to use them as pawns,” he said.

“Any suggestion to the contrary is at variance with the truth. The PLP rejects same out of hand. In light of the role Mr. D’Aguilar played in the current mess, he should do the Bahamian people a favour and keep his advice to himself. When the public needs advice on washing clothes, we will turn to him. Until then, no thank you.

He added: “What D’Aguilar should be doing is spending his time convincing his personal friend to do the right thing for all parties involved instead of his harmful and unhelpful commentary.”


Regardless 8 years, 2 months ago

...guess if D'Aguilar was running a chain of liquor stores, then that would be a different story.


Sickened 8 years, 2 months ago

If he ran a chain of number houses then he could dictate what the government should do.


Honestman 8 years, 2 months ago

"When the public needs advice on washing clothes, we will turn to him. Until then, no thank you"

When the public needs advice on good governance and integrity then Bradley Roberts would be the last person it needs to hear from.


Craig 8 years, 2 months ago

Big Bad Brad strikes again. LMAO!! While watching him on Cable 12 news last night read the statement he seemed more angry than usual. And the whole washing clothes comment was hilarious. D’Aguilar must have struck a raw nerve with him, the PLP and the govement. Good job keep it up!!


TheMadHatter 8 years, 2 months ago

Apparently following his advice even before Roberts give it - cause he been chillin in Switzerland for days now. He say yinnah don't need to listen to no white man - das cool.



asiseeit 8 years, 2 months ago

Making "inflammatory " remarks is Stink mouth Brads job, if you can dish it out you better be able to take it. This man and his generation have done more harm to this country than Izzy could ever do, I can not wait for the kickbacks and corruption comes bubbling to the surface and exposes these scum!


newcitizen 8 years, 2 months ago

Is the Tribune so strapped for stories that they have to publish every comment that these idiots make? It's basically just a back and forth of poorly constructed insults from one person to another. 'What he said was unprofessional' - 'Well he should mind his own business' - 'He doesn't know what he's doing'. It's like a grade school playground fight.


realfreethinker 8 years, 2 months ago

Brad needs to clean that shit stain from under his chin. The shit has been oozing out of his mouth for quite a while now.


Cobalt 8 years, 2 months ago

That's what I'm sayin! An I could smell it from ova here!


TalRussell 8 years, 2 months ago

Comrade "Big Bad Brad" ask D’Aguilar a juicy question like, is Baha Mar's scrub boards also subject repossession? Could be some bad wash em, press em laundry days ahead for the 4100 Chinese Village inhabitants.

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Zags 8 years, 2 months ago

Sorry, Brad; I don't think that anyone believes [or pays attention to] anything that you have to say.


Wideawake 8 years, 2 months ago

Quite a stark contrast. Big Bad Brad: a rude, brash and biggety remnant of the "Post-independence" PLP Government and so typical of the old style Politicians we absolutely need to get rid of. As opposed to Dionisio, an educated, well mannered, extremely successful businessman who has continually articulated his thoughtful and highly sensible viewpoints on Bahamian current affairs. We have had more than enough of the old style Politicians; what we need is a House of Assembly filled with new style Statesmen, persons like Dionisio. Surely we can find 40 good men and women of his calibre here in The Bahamas??


Baha10 8 years, 2 months ago

2 Rich Kids spending ... and losing Daddy's money, no wonder they see eye to eye, however blind. Have either actually made a Dollar of their "own"?!? Indeed, even the D'Aguilar Family Art Collection will soon be lost to the Provisional Liquidator to pay off their debts. Truely tragic, Son!


sheeprunner12 8 years, 2 months ago

Can someone just sue Bradley Roberts & the PLP for his attacks against personal character and human decency ??????? This is not funny anymore ......... SMDH


ObserverOfChaos 8 years, 1 month ago

So is this a veiled threat to not pay employees? When did it become "illegal" to speak out against a government? Isn't this a free republic? Democracy? Or are we heading/already in a "dictatorship" type govt? These fools just can't take any heat for accountability that's all....All fools, crooks and stupid!


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