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Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, left, and his son, Minister of Finance, Camillo Gonsalves speaking at Saturday’s rally. (Photos: Lance Neverson/Facebook)

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In his latest defence of his son, Camillo Gonsalves, who is the focus of a sex scandal, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves on Saturday cited the silence of Jesus Christ during his trial before the high priests.

The younger Gonsalves is yet to break his silence amidst an allegation that surfaced on Jan. 6 that he had a years long extra marital relationship with Yugge Farrell, a 23-year-odl former model half his age.

The prime minister has advised his son, who is also Minister of Finance, to maintain “a dignified silence”, even as the older Gonsalves has repeatedly commented on the saga.

On Saturday, the prime minister said he was reading Matthew 27: 12-14 two weeks ago and when he was preparing for Parliament.

“When Christ was taken before the high priest and the elders and Pilate, the Roman governor was there. When they were preparing to take him for crucifixion, I want to read what was said and I want to make a point.

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“‘And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing. Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee? And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.’

“Well, Camillo ain’t Jesus. But, you have to follow wise teachings. You have to follow wise teaching. Now, if you had social media at the time, those who are associated with the high priest and the elders, they woulda gone on social media and say, ‘Look, hear wha’ they say about Christ and he wouldn’t answer. Mussy (must be) so?’

“And when I say to maintain a dignified silence, they want to cuss me. But, you know, 10 centuries before the birth of Christ, the wise man Solomon said a number of things. They weren’t recorded 10 centuries before. They were recorded sometime between the years 715 before Christ and 686 before Christ. And this is what was said: ‘The lip of truth shall be established for ever; but a lying tongue is but for a moment’,” Gonsalves said.

“‘The lip of truth shall be established for ever; but a lying tongue is but for a moment’,” Gonsalves said repeated, quoting Proverbs 12:19.

“And, I follow the wise advice in the book of Ecclesiastes. ‘To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: … a time to sow; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak’. Yo’ hear me? So who wah kick up, kick up.”

The saga with Farrell unfolded when she was taken before magistrate Bertie Pompey charged that on Jan. 4 in Kingstown, she used abusive language to Camillo’s wife, Karen Duncan-Gonsalves, calling her a “dirty bitch”.

Farrell was sent for two weeks of psychiatric evaluation, without the prosecution giving the court any reasons to support its application.

Three weeks after her arraignment, Farrell was granted EC$1,000 bail with one surety and is slated to return to court on Dec. 17.

16 replies on “In latest defence of his son, PM cites Christ’s silence”

  1. It is written, that a day will come when everything that is cover up will be exposed, and all that is in secret will be revealed to everyone. Luke 12. 2. Is not this wise teaching too?

  2. We agree that “Camillo ain’t Jesus”. Yet even with a dignified silence the Bible has a match for every weapon:
    Matthew 27-1 Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people made their plans how to have her executed. 2 So they bound her, led her away and handed her over to Pilate the governor. “Then we cried out to the LORD, the God of our ancestors, and the LORD heard our voice and saw our misery, toil and oppression”.
    Proverbs “But a man who commits adultery has no sense; whoever does so destroys himself.” “My son, keep your father’s command and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.” Our God is impartial:-
    “God extends the same invitation to all men. He wants all men to come to his Son. He is not willing that any man be lost; but that all should come to repentance and be saved. No one who responds will be rejected”

  3. What did Julian Francis say about someone who brings the Bible into politics, after Godwin Friday used a quote from the Bible?
    Now we have Ralph Gonsalves comparing his son (a politician, (along with what was comparable to a Jewish Finance Minister) like the one that had Jesus crucified) to Jesus.

    Jesus referred to these people as “Money Changers”, the politicians and their friends in finance. No wonder he threw them out of the Temple.
    What have we become when there are those who compare Jesus to the people Jesus disliked most!

  4. Lostpet isn’t it strange how dirty bitch behaviour is not just limited to women?

    What we must also remember is that the Gonsalves ancestry were Jewish so were non believers of Jesus Christ. So as they say history repeats itself, Camillo is now the state money changer, the minister of finance.

  5. Blasphemy, of the highest order.

    Exodus 20:7 reads: “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.”

  6. Blasphemy, of the highest order.

    In Matthew 22:21 Jesus said, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.”

    Among other meanings, this says that we should not curse and defame the name of God by mixing politics with religion to score a few cheap political points, as the Prime tried to do.

    1. True! I am sure there is a dignified silence and other types…

      A COWARDLY silence maybe?

      Ralph, the cheerleader for Camillo, wants his son to remain silent until something they can use in their favour comes along. In this case, Ralph is attempting the Jesus angle.

  7. You listened to this buffoon and you just shake your head. We the taxpayers pay your son and you your salaries and you saying he does not owed the nation an explanation. How much money does the taxpayers cost to put off this shenanigan?

  8. Ralph I believe speak as a father first and as a lawyer second. To make it simple what an accused say out of court can be used against you in court . He is telling his son essentially that the only time he must speak is in court to the judges to defend himself, and not in a public court of opinion where he will be chastised and judged.
    So this reaction obviously is the downside to that lol

  9. Ralph quoting the bible and his own interpretation is tantamount to being sacreleligious. Even lucifer knows the bible to the extent that he trembles when he hears the spoken words. Ralph behaves like that because he thinks that he is the most cunning politician that St Vincent ever produced. In the meantime he is teaching his craft to Camillo. Upon receipt of his credentials upon graduation he will be worse than dad. Mark my words you can never get rid of the dynasty. His first anniversary speech at Argyle he spoke of future plans the construction of a new port, the new city of Arnos Vale, tunnel under cane garden and later on he will add a tunnel under the sea to connect Bequia to the main land. The is really the making of a dynasty. It is also quite logical that Ralph holds mentoring session on the art of mind control and how to hold unto power. They study us feverently and knows how how to give trinkets in the form of bribery during election. St Vincent you have a real Mt Everest in the former of an entrenched dynasty.

  10. Remember the time when Ralph said like Jesus, people wanted to touch him and touch the cloth he was wearing, remember that?

    DREGs knows only too well blasphemy is the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for a religious deity or the irreverence towards religious or holy persons or things, or toward something considered sacred or inviolable. In this matter it is the action or offence of speaking sacrilegiously about God or sacred things; profane talk.

    Utterly disgraceful, it really is time to hear from the Church leaders, but you can be sure we will not. They have all sold out God for duty free imports and tax free income.

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