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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Interesting fact about election results in province Manabi, Ecuador. February 2017.

As you probably know, an earthquake occurred in Ecuador on April 16, 2016 with a moment magnitude of 7.8. Widespread damage was caused across Manabi province, with structures collapsing. Why these structures collapsed? Buildings (including hotels and hostals) had collapsed because of poor construction. First, concrete cement was mixed with sea (beach) sand, that sand is too salty and affected the concrete strength. Second, buildings simply fell over themselves or violently inclined because the foundation could not bear to the upper floors.
source: http://www.bbc.com/mundo/noticias/2016/04/160422_ecuador_terremoto_problemas_construcciones_arquitectura_ab
Portoviejo, the capital the Province of Manabí.
April 2016. Photo:El Comercio

Portoviejo, the capital the Province of Manabí.
April 2016. Photo:El Comercio
Manta, Province of Manabí. April 2016.


and Manabi is one of Ecuador’s main tourist destinations!

The whole world donated money to Ecuador to help people of Manabi who lost their houses and business (constructed with salty sea sand), to survive and rebuild. However majority of these who lost their houses, business, still live in now rotten tents. Where is the money?
Taxes were raised in Ecuador, IVA was 12%, now 14% to fund earthquake recovery.  IVA translates in English as value added tax (VAT). However majority of these who lost their houses, business,  still live in now rotten tents. Where is recovery?
source: 
http://www.elcomercio.com/actualidad/terremoto-asambleanacional-reconstruccion-economia-alianzapais.html
http://www.elcomercio.com/actualidad/damnificados-terremoto-refugios-albergues-manabi.html

Nevertheless 53,89% of people of Manabi voted for the current regime. 
https://resultados2017.cne.gob.ec/frmResultados.aspx

There is movement in Ecuador now, online, mostly Facebook and Twitter, slogan "Nunca más pisen Manabí!"  I let you do your own translation for this.

Election drama continues..