Rarely does political drama play out on an international stage, and it is usually relegated to small, local elections that only the residents of some small town or city would be interested in. Recently Las Vegas and one of it's residents has been thrust into the international spotlight through the internet and social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter and various blogs. Lord Neil B Gibson, the Las Vegas based businessman, developer and international finance figure has rocketed into the fiery discussions that are taking place in the country of Belize, specifically regarding an election for the position of Standard Bearer in the Cayo South Constituency Area. Social media, news outlets and radio have been awash with discussion regarding the election of businessman Ralph Huang to this position, and conspiracy theories abound as to the connection he has to Lord Neil B Gibson. Accusations of corruption have already been made only days after the election from the opposing party, and a large-scale smear campaign has begun to play out on the global stage with regards to Mr. Huang, Mr. Gibson and the future of Belizian governmental positions.
Interesting spins on the situation are being presented through such media outlets as Channel 5 Belize, 7 News Belize and the associated Youtube Channels of each station. Many local blogs have also taken to the internet in an attempt to drum up the suspects of corruption with regards to the relationships that Lord Neil B Gibson has with both Huang and other Belizian governmental officials. The majority of the coverage centers around the fact that Mr. Huang has admitted that Gibson both contributed to his campaign and also supported his election. The coverage being presented is amaturish at best in it's attempts to stir up controversy, as the press releases, posts and announcements that can be found both on the official business websites of Neil Gibson as well as his business websites and social media have never attempted to make even the slightest hiding of his contributions and support. Gibson went as far as to create professional videos distributed on Youtube endorsing Huang and touching on the reasons he believes Huang was right for the job. Gibson has also shown a long track record of complete transparency with regard to his interest in Belizian development projects, going as far as to publicly promote the ongoing developments attached to each potential project in Belize on his network or websites and press.
The levels of transparency with regard to Lord Neil B Gibson's interests in Belize are far beyond those typically put forth by any business entity. A quick perusal of the news sections of his websites show postings regarding Belizian development interests, with postings on the subject going back to October of 2013. Additionally, completely transparent postings on the subject of endorsements and campaign contributions go back to early January as seen here: http://www.lordneilgibson.com/lnbg-llc-endorses-huang/
All of the websites and Youtube videos across Gibson's network openly discuss the subject of his endorsement of Huang, and never is their relationship attempted to be covered up in any regard. So the question of corruption should be addressed, except possibly it should be directed at other entities aside from Lord Neil Gibson and Ralph Huang. Possibly we should be looking into why media outlets and bloggers in Belize are so aggressively attempting to make the relationship between two businessmen into an issue, when the entire situation played out on the world stage through the internet in a completely documented manner. If there were any issue that should be covered up involving Lord Neil Gibson and Belizian governmental officials, then why would they be posing for pictures together that are widely distributed on the internet? If there were cover-ups happening, then why is the credited sources of all of the photographs that are being distributed in association to the "scandal" stories of Gibson posing with Belizian politicians being taken directly from Gibson's websites? If there was a cover-up happening, wouldn't the transparency of the relationships actually be covered up by the parties involved?
Corruption happens in government all the time, and Belize is no stranger to it. Corruption is bad for all people who are touched by it, and should be exposed at all costs. However, the definition of corruption is not about a business man contributing to another business man's campaign to run for office, and the fact that one business man lives in Las Vegas and the other in Belize is also not part of the definition. Corruption is about a lack of transparency as to the source of money or influence with regards to projects. Perhaps we should consider the sources of the smear campaign against Gibson, and how they are attempting to twist facts to create doubts at to his motivations. Perhaps it is not Gibson and Huang who should be mentioned with regard to transparency as far as political funding sources....perhaps they should be used as a model for the necessary change.