Peter Bunting

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Peter Bunting outlined ( about Peace ) : "So there is a template that worked at a time when we had much fewer resources than this administration has. We introduced violence interrupters, [and] we supported the Peace Management Initiative to break the cycle of reprisal and counter-reprisal[s] that often results in many, many deaths after the first incident," "So the template is there. We begged the administration after the change of government [in 2016] not to abandon it, but for purely partisan political reasons, they did, and now the country is reaping the whirlwind from those poor decisions," External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, October 12, 2021 8:23:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “The casual and obviously unenthusiastic approach to this investigation is a serious indictment on the JCF's organizational credibility. Thousands of ordinary citizens have been arrested and fined up to $200,000 each for simple breaches like 'no mask wearing' or being out after curfew. The police should not allow the powerful to evade the law so easily, while arresting the powerless,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 6, 2021 3:23:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “What I think, if you do research, you would see that this has never been applied in our laws,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 29, 2021 12:06:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “I really believe that while the first two reasons are true, the strongest reason why we have had such disappointment is that we need to build our intelligence gathering, and our investigative capacities to penetrate the criminal organisations,” “We started MOCA, because we realised that the sort of personnel that was needed to put in charge of these cases was a very high level person,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 14, 2021 8:17:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “We know that the TRN is not a sound system in the sense that persons have more than one TRN number over the years. It seems to me, if we are going to adopt the number from a system that exists, they should do it from a system such as the EOJ's, which does cross matching of fingerprints, or PICA (Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency) which has facial recognition software that avoids duplication, or catches a duplication, rather than adopting a system which has only the benefit of not repeating a number,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 11, 2021 9:34:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting argued : “So it is not uncommon even in the particular case of this contractor, but generally in government contracting, to separate the design and preliminary work from the actual contract to construct the work,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, May 15, 2021 9:38:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “The decent thing to be done is for any legislator involved in such violent circumstances to resign. Where the individual fails to do the decent thing, the Government should,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, April 25, 2021 10:59:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “It is a slogan that we hear often, but it is not meaningful in our context,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, April 25, 2021 3:31:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting suggested : “It is an anachronism. It really is just empty rhetoric,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, April 25, 2021 3:31:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting contended : “If they have to employ a lawyer, a cyber forensic expert, it really might just put the hurdle too high, far too high, on top of everything else,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, April 23, 2021 9:45:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “Many Jamaicans had been hoping and praying that Khanice would have returned home safely, but the unfortunate reality is that our women remain vulnerable to predators and need special initiatives to help protect them,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 28, 2021 8:43:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “I’m more excited about them being able to return to some kind of normality,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 17, 2021 10:37:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “In 2019, notwithstanding the dramatic increase in the budgets of the Ministry of National Security and its agencies, there were around the same 11,800 JCF members. Based on the briefing I had with the commissioner a few weeks ago, it is considerably less now. We are talking about the burden of violent crime and investigating, gathering intelligence, and doing all the things that the JCF is required to do — but they need personnel to do that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 15, 2021 12:36:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “investment in the security forces is ongoing but there are challenges” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 15, 2021 12:36:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “It was out of that study that we recognised the need for an agency like MOCA,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 14, 2021 10:59:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “The Prime Minister came to office on a promise to fix the crime problem and must therefore be held to account for the non-performance of his administration in this area,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, February 1, 2021 6:16:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting told : “I had no formal education programme as such outside of the $4 million to $5 million per year that was allocated under the CDF,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, January 31, 2021 6:06:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “My office was also, for many years, a homework centre/computer lab, where students and others could have the use of computers to access the Internet, print and conduct research,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, January 31, 2021 6:06:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “In the US military, for example, it has been a growing issue. They have put in place measures to supposedly alleviate this issue but notwithstanding that, it's a growing problem for them. The last Pentagon study they did found that a culture of sexual assaults and sexual harassment persists despite the prevention efforts. They attribute that to the toxic and harassing command cultures that sets the stage for sexual violence. This is not unique to Jamaica or even to the US. It's part of military culture and if we're not very proactive we will allow an environment that is discriminatory to women to persist,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, January 24, 2021 1:15:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “Our very own constitution has adopted a charter of rights since 2011. All these thing must signal the need to modernise and update our approaches even within organisations like the JDF,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, January 24, 2021 1:15:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “The whole reason for bringing into being INDECOM was to have an independent investigatory body for any allegations of abuse of the rights of citizens by the State or agencies of the State, and in particular the security forces who have more than normal powers over the lives of citizens, and in this case female citizens who also happen to be members of the JDF,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 19, 2021 2:13:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “This is not something that has suddenly come upon them. This is something they must have been dealing with for weeks and months. I don't think it should take more than a few hours to run it up the chain of command, if necessary, and respond. With the Sunday Observer article coming out, by today (yesterday) they should have been in a position to correct whatever errors they made in their 'no comment' yesterday (Sunday),” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 19, 2021 2:13:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “At the very least I would expect the media relations officer to have said this is a serious allegation, we're going to issue a comprehensive statement on it tomorrow or Tuesday, for example, but the idea of just no comment and stonewalling the media is just completely unacceptable,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 19, 2021 2:13:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “It is something that should be of concern to all well-thinking persons in society. The militaries worldwide this is nothing unique to JDF tend to be male-dominated, and in many cases they're discriminatory against female members and make those members particularly vulnerable to abuse. Therefore, it is something we should be extra sensitive to and not [be] dismissive of in any way. I expect the leadership of the JDF to be much more forthcoming in addressing this,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 19, 2021 2:13:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting stated : “So, I am concerned, and this has really not so much to do with the US side but on the Jamaican side, given that the consulate had been alerted and they should have been monitoring the progress of this case, that weeks should pass and almost by accident our Ministry of Foreign Affairs learns of this,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, January 17, 2021 9:23:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting stated : “So, I am concerned, and this has really not so much to do with the US side but on the Jamaican side, given that the consulate had been alerted and they should have been monitoring the progress of this case, that weeks should pass and almost by accident our Ministry of Foreign Affairs learns of this,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 16, 2021 4:17:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting insisted : “My point is that it is not for the minister to offer legal advice, but given what we have seen there must be some concern on the part of the Government as to what will happen in cases where vessels are wrongfully destroyed,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, January 16, 2021 2:16:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “The Oath of Allegiance is to uphold and defend the Constitution, not the expedient goals of an executive,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 18, 2020 10:27:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “The last time the JLP got a fairly easy wicket to bat on, because the PNP Government of 2012 to 2016 had taken all the tough decisions and implemented all the tough measures to gain all sorts of accolades from the IMF [International Monetary Fund] and rating agencies for turning around the economy,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 8, 2020 8:21:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “This time with the challenges of COVID, it won't be as easy a batting wicket. Once the PNP becomes organised and attractive to the people of Jamaica, combined with a much harder wicket to bat on for the Government, I am confident that under the leadership of Mark Golding, we will see people calling for the PNP; the majority of people calling for the PNP within a couple years,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 8, 2020 8:21:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Mark Golding ) : “It was no secret that the party was at a financial low when I took over as general secretary. A year or two later Mark Golding came on board as treasurer and his fund-raising ability at that time was instrumental in turning around the fortunes of the party – getting us sufficient resources to win a landslide election at the end of 2011,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 8, 2020 8:21:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “Nevertheless, I have instructed my attorneys, Peter Champagnie and company, to vigorously pursue all available legal remedies to defend my reputation from these baseless attacks,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, November 7, 2020 12:21:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Mark Golding ) : “We have the same set of principles as far as it applies to political leadership and movement. I know he has tremendous intellect and capacity for work that he will apply to rebuilding the party,” “Whatever role that president Mark Golding asks me to serve in, I will do so. Right now, I am not looking beyond November 7. My focus is on getting Mark elected. Whatever role I have, if any, is secondary to that. I am 100 per cent focused on November 7” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 24, 2020 10:53:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting told : “I am taking a few days to reflect on last Thursday’s outcome before I make any public comment,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, September 6, 2020 10:23:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Don Anderson ) : “Recent polls that we did for Dayton, a Don Anderson poll, showed him comfortably ahead but you don’t take anything for granted,” “Obviously, the JLP has a lot more money than they’re throwing at him so we’re going to do our best to support him in whatever way we can. We may not be able to support him with equal amount of money, but at least we can put our voices to endorse him, and anybody that we can influence through that medium, hopefully, will help strengthen him” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 2, 2020 2:40:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “The party also provides support particularly for election day, and Dayton will get his proportionate share of that,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 2, 2020 2:40:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “This campaign is going to be one where candidates individual constituency candidates, have a much greater impact than we have seen in the past,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, August 31, 2020 12:32:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting asked ( about Commission ) : “Why haven’t they provided the funds to the National Water Commission?” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, August 24, 2020 9:55:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting told : “I am confident [of victory] because of the track record of myself, comrades, councillors and the team. Our constituency has really been outstanding in terms of the educational infrastructure we have put in during my terms,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, August 19, 2020 12:10:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “We see now with the continued enlightened political leadership, thousands of new housing solutions are opening up in Perth, Mount Nelson, private solutions at Bloomfield and so on. Central Manchester has indeed become a centre of excellence for the knowledge-based industries and people are now looking at it as a place of choice to live, work, raise families, do business and retire,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, August 19, 2020 12:10:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : "I have been recognised by independent third parties as being one of the most accountable MPs. I have the highest ranking by the Jamaica Accountability Meter Portal," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, August 18, 2020 11:41:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “This thing would work much better if we evolve the budgeting process to the school level. The school boards and principals would get their entire allocation, nothing would be centralised at the parent ministry or at the regional level, but the financial and human resources to an extent should be pushed down to the lowest level at which the task can be competently carried out,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, August 17, 2020 2:08:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “This campaign is going to be one where candidates, individual constituency candidates, have a much greater impact than we have seen in the past,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, August 14, 2020 1:35:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “In the past, I would say that elections have been very leader-centric and party-centric. But the polls that we are doing, and some of the results we're seeing, suggest that if you have strong candidates in your constituencies they will make the difference. And I believe we have an excellent team, an outstanding team of MPs (Members of Parliament) — those who are serving and being returned and new candidates with fresh faces and new ideas,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, August 14, 2020 1:35:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “But, of course, you run a campaign as a national campaign. So there is no seat that we've given up on. I never forget in 2011 we were focused primarily on 36 but we ended up with 42. So you never go for just the number that you need. You make sure you have a little cushion there,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, August 14, 2020 1:35:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “Realistically, I think we've started behind, but I believe we have the momentum now, and our job is to burst that bubble, that perception that the Government has maintained through their PR [public relations] machinery. [Our job] is to let people look at actual performance; look at objective measures of performance; look at the increased murder rate; look at the lower per capita income that people have now; look at how they've, although started reasonably well with the COVID-19 management, how they've messed up and allowed people through the airport without testing and now we're having a second wave or a spike in the amount of infections,” “We need to hammer these home; to bring the reality of the performance of this Government to bear, and let people understand that PR alone is not going to improve their lives,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, August 14, 2020 1:35:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting noted : “We never had a single state of emergency during our four years and we had a lower murder and violent crime rate every year of those four years than any year under the SOEs. In fact, if you look at the murder rate this year and projected through to the end of the year, we'll end up somewhere around 1,367 murders,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, August 13, 2020 8:55:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “So the Government has been a complete failure at controlling violent crime and murders in particular, even though they constantly trumpet their success,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, August 13, 2020 8:55:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : "It is unconscionable for students to be expected to cough up hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional expenses, just days ahead of the start of their respective programmes," External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 31, 2020 11:08:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “It speaks volumes to the inadequacy of investigative resources at the commission,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, July 23, 2020 9:16:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting suggested : “It’s such a red flag that I would suggest that special attention is given to publishing these and to draw the public’s attention (to them),” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 22, 2020 10:17:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “The longer you take to bring these matters to a conclusion, the less likely you are to mount a successful prosecution,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 22, 2020 9:10:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting contended : “I think it is really a stretch to be trying to use that to justify these parties for senior officials. I feel almost uncomfortable for the PS to be put in a position to be trying to defend the indefensible, because this really is,” “There is no circular that could support this type of splurging at taxpayers’ expense; these parties, yachts, and whatever ... it is just not provided for in any circular, clearly in breach of government policy, and an abuse of taxpayers’ funds,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 15, 2020 10:47:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “a multipurpose court, stands for spectators, two football fields and cricket facilities, are all in the development plans” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, July 5, 2020 9:30:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting argued : “I supported the legislation for the ZOSO because I thought that was what ZOSO was about social intervention,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 29, 2020 2:28:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “There is now a trend towards ‘game-ification’ of learning, where you use competitive scenarios and give points and reward systems to make learning fun. It does not feel burdensome to the child because they are playing a game, but they are actually learning and being engaged by these games,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 29, 2020 10:10:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting added : “All this needs to be wrapped into an integrated learning management system that gives students access to course material and other resources, but they themselves can also add resources. So when they are networking online, they can share information, work on group projects, and interact with instructors; and the education technology allows students to engage in an ongoing cycle of learning,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 29, 2020 10:10:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “Not every textbook has an e-book version, so just use the ones that have the e-book version. So instead of a student lugging along a pull-along bag because they have so many books, all they would need is a laptop and all the materials relevant for their age and the courses they are doing, which would be downloaded at the beginning of the term, and it would cost a lot less. One of those laptops would last you for three years and would cost less than three years’ worth of booklists,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 29, 2020 10:10:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting asked ( about Peter Phillips ) : “Are you now confident that Phillips will lead the PNP to victory?” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 28, 2020 2:59:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “Roughly three to four per cent of the education budget is spent on early childhood, and even if we adjust the amount for the size of the student cohort, you will probably have five times as much being spent per student, per year, in the primary and secondary schools. But that is actually a poor investment,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, June 27, 2020 9:47:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting added : “The researchers took a cohort of three-year-olds, divided them into two groups, and exposed one group to high-quality preschool education, while the other group did what they wanted, and they tracked them for 40 years. The biggest return was in keeping the students out of trouble with law enforcement and keeping them from becoming criminals,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, June 27, 2020 9:47:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “When we are talking about a primary-school child today, we are saying that you are training him for a particular job when more than half the jobs that will be around when he graduates will be pointless,” “So you are not to train him for something particular, but instead, you are going to train him broadly enough that he can do anything. During the course of his lifetime, the student will probably change careers many times” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, June 27, 2020 9:47:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting observed : “National security was 10 times the capital budget for education,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 24, 2020 10:55:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting told : “The unorthodox night watchman arrangement for the last year and a half was really quite unsatisfactory,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, June 18, 2020 11:15:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting observed : “It is quite curious that normally, these licences, you can buy them online directly from the companies, whether it be Microsoft or whoever the vendor is,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 17, 2020 10:34:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “How on earth can that be described as a success? [It] cannot be,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 17, 2020 10:34:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting told : “In fact, that policy has been a colossal failure. After three successive years of the extensive use of SOEs, and the consequent huge expenditure of resources, the annual number of murders has been much higher in each of these SOE years than in any single year between 2011 to 2015 when there were no SOEs. And this [is] despite having had a capital budget for the Ministry of National Security that was up to 10 times greater than it had been during the 2011 to 2015 period,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 15, 2020 11:23:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting argued : “However, in Jamaica, criminals have become so accustomed to curfews, cordons... and the general militarisation of policing that they have adapted and now operate virtually undeterred. Regrettably, the prime minister continues to believe that doubling down on a failed policy will yield better results. That is the definition of insanity,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 15, 2020 11:23:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting argued : “Since becoming [PNP] president, he has not implemented a single transformational initiative within the party and is just not seen as the right person for this time,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 14, 2020 8:26:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “To my certain knowledge, there was no rejection,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 8, 2020 11:00:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Peter Phillips ) : “It is Cde Peter Phillips's turn” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 7, 2020 3:17:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting stated : “Given that you're the one in front of us here, do you understand that you have the liability, the obligation, to have ensured that these payments were in order and that you are in fact in violation of your responsibility as an officer at CMU to just sign them off [because] the president says; you're at risk of being complicit in this whole exercise,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 3, 2020 11:06:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting declared : “But in almost every case, they have had to grudgingly adopt it after initially resisting it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 3, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “We have seen so many stops and starts, flips and flops, from the minister on policy and operational issues since the start of this COVID lockdown,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 3, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “But in almost every case, they have had to grudgingly adopt it after initially resisting it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 3, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “We have seen so many stops and starts, flips and flops from the minister on policy and operational issues since the start of this COVID lockdown,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 3, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “I would say that getting more resources and training for intelligence collection for investigations, and case preparation for adequate prosecutorial resources, including issuing more fiats to agencies like MOCA [Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency] so that they can speed up the prosecutions, and quicker trials and certainty in trial dates — these things will have a lot more impact than just more legislation,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 29, 2020 8:35:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “We must do our best to prepare our children to persevere through challenges, and to mitigate the impact of disasters. To allow CSEC students from other islands, and other nations generally, to move ahead along their productive journey, and disadvantage our own students is unforgivable. The repercussions of such a visionless approach would have a long term negative impact on this cohort’s career prospects,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, May 16, 2020 12:42:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting declared : “Two-plus years and we still have not got reports. They have not concluded critical investigations like the proper issuing of licences at the Firearm Licensing Authority,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 13, 2020 8:44:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “The Opposition acknowledges the unprecedented impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the education sector worldwide and accepts that our children must learn from home for the time being. Nevertheless, there are key lessons that have emerged from past forced school closures in response to disasters,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, April 27, 2020 1:57:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : "The proposed Task Force must seriously consider how to reconfigure the next academic year to help students catch up and mitigate the long-term impact emanating from the COVID-19 lockdown," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, April 26, 2020 8:11:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting told : “As elected individuals, we are required to touch base with our constituents, but we realised that we would need a bigger group to not just be able to run errands for particularly older persons who may not have their families around, but just to call and check on them,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 30, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “While we understand that the Ministry of Education is awaiting advice from the Ministry of Health to activate its protocols, we encourage them to be decisive when they arrive at those triggers,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 13, 2020 9:41:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “This is extraordinary. I have never seen such incompetence,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 26, 2020 9:35:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “This is a building which the ministry has rented for five years, and immediately upon renting proceeded to spend $80 million upgrading,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 26, 2020 9:35:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “It was tragedy and my sympathy goes out to the victims, to the Heavens and their staff. I know everybody must have been traumatised by this,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 22, 2020 9:32:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “If we expand the list of offences to include the scam artists, then we really run the risk of applying it too widely and clogging the courts,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, January 25, 2020 8:36:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting contended : “students are regretting going there. Many persons who have contributed to it are cut up and hurt because of what is happening at the institution” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 22, 2020 9:26:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “While the resignation of all board members is a given, the taxpayers of the country are entitled to a full accounting of the stewardship of the board. Silence on the part of resigned board members is not acceptable,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 21, 2020 4:59:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting stated ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “Jamaica needs rescuing now and it needs it from a 100 per cent PNP. We are here to demonstrate that there are bigger issues to deal with in the country – the chaos in the education sector, a potential fallout in our economy, important issues that the JLP is not dealing with. So we must move forward to address these challenges to educate the people,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 17, 2020 9:01:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting told ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “The purpose of this project is to improve the collection of evidence of criminal activity in an effort to prosecute and reduce such activity, improve the transparency of JCF (Jamaica Constabulary Force) activities when interacting with the public, to encourage JCF officers to act in accordance with the force's professional standards to include the appropriate use of force, and to create a record to protect JCF officers from unfair allegations of violations of JCF professional standards,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, January 12, 2020 9:00:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting told : “Whatever bruises were incurred in the campaign, I think they are healing,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 7, 2020 10:01:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “I can’t get into the detail of that, but I would not be surprised if, as the year went on, he took on greater responsibility,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 7, 2020 10:01:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “In all the circumstances, it must be concluded that the resolution of the UTech Academic Staff contract is being treated with low priority by the Ministries of Finance and Education” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 1, 2019 6:52:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “They [Ebenezer and Candle in the Dark] are demonstrating every day that persons with mental health illness can manage it and can be productive members of the society and I really hope that you will all give the necessary support to this initiative that we are launching here today,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, October 13, 2019 8:15:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “I am hoping now that the expectation is that after the arrests this morning that there will be charges. It will mark a definitive turn in this whole investigation and allow for some appointments of new leadership at the ministry and at the CMU,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, October 9, 2019 11:24:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting noted : “This is the ministry whose leaders are role models for our young men and women and it’s particularly regrettable that these persons, who thousands of not just children, but parents look to set an example, have so let us down,” “Obviously, they will have their day in court and I don’t want to take away the presumption of innocence, which our court system affords them, but I think enough has gone into the public domain that, regardless of the outcome of the trial, I think their judgment and their ability to lead has been called into question,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, October 9, 2019 11:24:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “Different people have different opinions, and I think that it is better that we wait until all are welcoming of the initiative rather than force it too quickly,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 23, 2019 10:47:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “In any campaign, there is going to be some bruised feelings and some hurt, and you just don’t ignore it and move on,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 23, 2019 10:47:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “I have no regrets about it. In fact, it was really one of the most profound experiences of my life. Certainly, it was a peak experience in terms of my political career. We really energised the party, and the opportunity now is how to channel that energy into a genuine, long-term renewal of the party,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 23, 2019 10:47:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Peter Phillips ) : “That is not on the table now at all, we have had the contest and the delegates have spoken. We accept that and now we move forward under the leadership of Dr Peter Phillips to the next general election,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 23, 2019 12:19:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Peter Phillips ) : “Obviously this is not the result that we had hoped for, but the fact that the winner won by 51 per cent shows that there was a legitimate need for a challenge. I want to start by congratulating Dr Phillips and his team on their victory, and all of us will respect the decision of the delegates,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, September 8, 2019 9:28:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “I want to now turn to my own team who ran an amazing campaign. Never in history has an incumbent with all the leadership behind them been successfully challenged and we came within probably a few dozen votes of that. I think we have nothing to be ashamed of. It is clear that our message resonated with almost 50 per cent of the delegates of the party. We intend to continue to advocate for what we believe is important, not just for the party but for the people of Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, September 8, 2019 9:28:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : "We have nothing to be ashamed of," "It is clear that our message resonated with roughly 50 per cent of the party" External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, September 8, 2019 4:17:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting added : “We sought to give the delegates a voice. We have listened to them and ordered our campaign in response to their needs and their opinions. That is why, for example, we are developing the endowment fund. We have sought to give them the movement they have ordered. We believe in them and as a result they believe in us. Our victory will be the people's victory,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, September 7, 2019 1:40:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting told : “We have walked the humble road. We have sought the support, first, of the delegates; we have engaged them in their communities, in their groups, and in classrooms. Their leaders have come along because of the overwhelming demands by their delegates that they support us,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, September 7, 2019 1:40:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting told : “Comrades, there are those who are saying that I am not following rules. Well, it may be true because rules were made to serve the party. The party wasn't made to serve rules. And if those rules are going to be used to suppress the democracy in this party, and to suppress freedom of speech and freedom of choice, then I will not be observing any of those rules,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, September 4, 2019 9:22:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting stated : “So, I can just declare here right now: We're not accepting anything that is going to suppress the rights of people to information; that is going to suppress the rights of delegates to choose; to suppress the rights of delegates to hear all views and ideas contending. It is guaranteed in our constitution, and we're going to ensure that we stand for that internally,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, September 4, 2019 9:22:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “Our ad campaign is a way of getting our campaign messages across to those delegates, which is our solemn democratic right,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, September 1, 2019 7:30:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “For more than two decades the erudite jurist A J Nicholson, QC, retired attorney general, has been legal advisor to the PNP. We welcome his endorsement of the Rise United movem,ent as indication that both experience and youth think that ours is an idea whose time has come. We intend to transform the party and transform the nation. A J's endorsement is a sign that we can win and we are winning,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, September 1, 2019 9:00:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting declared ( about Andrew Holness ) : “As the campaign comes into the final weeks, I want to say to Andrew Holness, the clock is ticking down on your time in office, because come September 8, the People's National Party will rise united, focussing on removing your corrupt Government from office,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, August 13, 2019 8:53:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting declared : “Under my leadership no more abuse of the states of emergency,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, August 13, 2019 8:53:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting added ( about Roger Clarke ) : “So if you think you get a little break fi the next few weeks, the only thing I have to say to you is that if (the late) Roger Clarke were here him would say, 'Fire deh a muss muss tail him think a cool breeze', and your time is coming,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, August 13, 2019 8:53:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting argued : “When we have gone out there in the past two months, and we have circled this country, every major town we have had whistle-stops there, I can tell you something, the Comrades nuh gone nuh where, them just looking for a little spark … to fire up that passion in them to once again retake the Government of this country,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, August 13, 2019 8:53:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting added : “In my four years as minister we had fewer murders than we are having now and we had no state of emergency,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, August 13, 2019 8:53:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting declared : “And if we want to talk truth in this country, anyhow them scrape up two dozen sons of those who live in (the upper St Andrew communities of) Jack's Hills or Cherry Gardens, and detain them for one night without bail, state of emergency done long time in this country,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, August 13, 2019 8:53:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting added : “But nothing nuh go so and the People's National Party is the party that has always stood for the average Jamaicans at times like these, and we will do it again,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, August 13, 2019 8:53:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “Anecdotally, over the last few days...I was at Denbigh (Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show), and on the north coast over the weekend, and you are just walking on the road and people are greeting you 'rise', you hear the shouts of rise from all about. It has now become a greeting amongst Comrades. It's the same thing when I walk into the lobby of a hotel and the front desk staff, the waiters are hailing me, 'rise, rise' is the term that they are using, so you know it has gained a lot of traction on the ground,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, August 11, 2019 8:23:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting stated ( about Julia Robinson ) : “Members of the secretariat should take no position. I am hopeful and I believe that Julian Robinson (general secretary) will do his best to be fair and impartial. We have some concerns about persons who, on the face of it, would not be difficult for the public to view them as being impartial, given their previous roles as campaign managers etc. But we are using the internal processes for that and I hope good sense will prevail and it won't have to spill over into the public domain,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, August 11, 2019 8:23:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting charged : “In a sense, he reminds me of the black Englishman of colonial times who aspired to be sort of black royalty,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, August 11, 2019 8:23:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting told : “Comrade Brown Burke is a seasoned campaigner of internal elections, having played an important role in Portia Simpson Miller’s successful campaigns,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, August 2, 2019 9:31:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “Angela’s experience and credibility will be invaluable to the Rise United campaign going forward,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, August 2, 2019 9:31:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Andrew Holness ) : “Suddenly, they want to start to dictate to me what it is I must bring to the table. When I was pulling 18-hour days, six and seven days a week, where were those people, to be now telling me what I must bring to the table?” “The truth of the matter is the Jamaican people nuh love bad mind. Bad mind never worked in 2016. It never worked in east Portland. Why do we believe it will work now? Andrew have him big house [and] we nuh grudge Andrew fi him big house,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, July 30, 2019 9:17:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “a life that they can live with respect and dignity” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, July 30, 2019 9:17:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting declared ( about Peter Phillips ) : “Dr Phillips has made an outstanding contribution to the party and the country in the various positions in which he has served over the past three decades. However, since becoming president, he has not implemented a single transformational initiative within the party and is just not seen as the right person for this time. There is also a growing acceptance/resignation in the general public and amongst various stakeholder groups, including party membership and supporters, civil society, and private sector leadership that the PNP under Dr Peter Phillips's leadership cannot defeat the JLP in a general election,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, July 30, 2019 9:17:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “With only a little over three years into a five-year term, everybody’s now saying, ‘But elections are about to be called’, ... but I don’t see any logic why an election is about to be called. And, you know, anything can happen, but I really don’t buy that at this time,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 30, 2019 8:48:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “I think we have had a very successful campaign so far — From our announcement, through whistle stops across Jamaica, through to a really professionally executed and well attended launch event in Mandeville,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, July 27, 2019 12:22:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting added : “I am really encouraged by everything that has happened so far. I really want to acknowledge my team, not just the team in the room here with me… but literally the hundreds and thousands of Comrades who have taken it on as their own, and sometimes I feel they are running ahead of us in terms of organising, in terms of their enthusiasm, their passion and their commitment,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, July 27, 2019 12:22:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Andrew South ) : “I think South West St Andrew is one of the strongest seats, both in terms of the PNP's margin and in terms of the group and delegates' strength. So obviously I really welcome that support,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, July 27, 2019 11:21:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “This is about replacing the leader and giving the PNP a strong chance to win the next election,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, July 27, 2019 11:21:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting told : “As we move into the delegate-engagement stage as we are now, we are now into sort of classroom-style, with delegates from dozens from constituencies across Jamaica. I am really encouraged by everything that has happened so far,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, July 27, 2019 9:26:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “I am comfortable that we can exceed the minimum number of candidates needed to win, but we are not going to get complacent. There are still quite a few weeks to get to September 7, and we will be working every day, diligently, to engage delegates to make the case to them and to ensure that, come the evening of September 7, I will have a happy birthday,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, July 27, 2019 9:26:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Peter Phillips ) : “Since becoming president, he [Dr Phillips], has not implemented a single transformational initiative within the party, and is just not seen as the right person for this time” External link

stabroeknews Friday, July 26, 2019 3:10:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Peter Phillips ) : “There is also a growing acceptance/resignation in the general public and amongst various stakeholder groups, including party membership and supporters, civil society, and private sector leadership that the PNP under Dr Peter Phillips’s leadership cannot defeat the JLP [Jamaica Labour Party] in a general election,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, July 26, 2019 3:10:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “How can you say that is, without question, a very effective tool when murders for the comparative period last year compared with this year are up 21.5 per cent?” External link

sunstkitts Thursday, July 18, 2019 1:42:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting argued : “A lot of that construction, the only benefit the local economy is getting is a few flagmen and truck drivers, because it is happening in a very closed, enclave-type environment, where all the engineers, all the equipment and things come from just a few people,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 16, 2019 9:50:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “We need to make it easy for people to join the People's National Party, not hard. We still using some 1938 approaches which say when you join, you pay money, and you must be on probation for seven months. I don't see that relevant today. As a man join the party you welcome him and you give him some work to do and you put him out there in the field and you say, 'Welcome to the family of the People's National Party',” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, July 10, 2019 8:57:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “That is what democracy is about and that is what we are promoting. But ultimately it is to make the party be an attractive government and be able to not only win an election, but win an election and bring policies to the fore and implement policies that are going to make a difference in the lives of the Jamaican people,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, July 10, 2019 8:57:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Peter Phillips ) : “Since becoming president, he [Dr Phillips], has not implemented a single transformational initiative within the party, and is just not seen as the right person for this time” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, July 7, 2019 9:05:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Michael Manley ) : “It's as if Michael is alive and sitting with us here today, noting our challenges. I thank all of you for listening to me. I hope you have been inspired as I have been for being reminded through Truth Be Told of the significant work and contributions of Michael Manley to Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, July 7, 2019 8:25:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “When it came to 1993, they said for the first time ever he (Michael Manley) actually came to Lionel Town and campaigned on a platform against Hugh Shearer because he said his time had come. I then was the youngest candidate at 32, he was the oldest in that batch at 67 and the rest is history,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, July 7, 2019 8:25:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting noted : “We won it in 1993 by almost 1,500 votes,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, July 7, 2019 8:25:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting told : “will inject a sense of purpose into the party and will energise the base and will make us more competitive electorally. That is my intention and I think we are moving in that direction,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, July 7, 2019 8:25:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “The response has been very positive, not just with delegates but with the voting public generally.We are very encouraged. We are taking nothing for granted. We are not being complacent. We are going out; we are meeting with delegates in as many communities across Jamaica. But we are not just meeting with delegates because we want to hear from the general public as well. And we are going to incorporate their input into our platform; we are having our launch on the 14th, and we are continuing the momentum from there,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, July 7, 2019 8:25:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting recalled : “People say to me, ‘let me carry you to visit an old lady or an old gentleman. Dem roof leaking.’ And this was a party stalwart, and you could help feel sad, embarrassed, or whatever, because this person was always, in their youth, running up and down with every PNP motorcade and working,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 5, 2019 8:34:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “It’s really digital media that we focus on, so, yes, Facebook; yes, Instagram; yes, Twitter, but we’re also making use of the other platforms,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, July 4, 2019 9:05:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Mark Golding ) : “Mark [Golding], as chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC), can catalogue a number of wrong decisions. A wall that the National Works Agency (NWA) would build for $29 million at Petrojam is just stopped, and a contract for more than three times the price was given by emergency procurement,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 3, 2019 10:19:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “Given all that has happened, one is forced to conclude that the real motivation was to loot the company, within or outside. I draw a line clearly that politicians must stay away from taxpayers’ funds ... ,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 3, 2019 10:19:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Mark Golding ) : “Mark [Golding], as chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC), can catalogue a number of wrong decisions. A wall that the National Works Agency (NWA) would build for $29 million at Petrojam is just stopped, and a contract for more than three times the price was given by emergency procurement,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 3, 2019 9:09:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “Given all that has happened, one is forced to conclude that the real motivation was to loot the company, within or outside. I draw a line clearly that politicians must stay away from taxpayers’ funds ... ,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 3, 2019 9:09:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “I was security minister at a time of extreme fiscal tightness. I never had more than $2 billion of a capital budget in any year. This year the capital budget is over $20 billion; 10 times what I had. Each year it has increased; last year it was $12 billion, for example,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 2, 2019 9:07:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “The difference is that they (the Government) have decided that the suppression-of-crime approach is what they are doing. They are suspending people’s rights; they are doubling the size of the army,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 2, 2019 9:07:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “If you look at history, it’s interesting; when the Old Harbour bypass, which is now part of the East/West Highway, was built, a lot of work was done in two constituencies – South West St Catherine and South East Clarendon. In the election after that, we lost both of those constituencies,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 2, 2019 9:07:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting argued : “A lot of that construction, the only benefit the local economy is getting is a few flagmen and truck drivers, because it is happening in a very closed, enclave-type environment where all the engineers, all the equipment and things come from just a few people,” “There are no linkages back into the local economy. In fact, it is hurting the local businesses,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 2, 2019 9:07:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “I think it is a misplaced priority. Maybe you could increase the size of the JDF by 25 per cent … it could have used beefing up. But, that’s a military force. They are not primarily designed or trained for policing. Yes, we have used them in support of policing, but that’s not their primary training,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 2, 2019 9:07:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Peter Phillips ) : “The word is love. We are on the same side. We are in a contest now and in that contest we are opponents, but in the bigger contest we are colleagues, and I only have the best regards towards Dr Phillips. There is absolutely going to be no disrespect and no personal attacks, or anything of the sort in our campaign,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, July 2, 2019 8:19:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting added : “Yes, we had to justify why the challenge had to be made because there is not a long tradition of challenges, so there must be a clear justification for the challenge,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, July 2, 2019 8:19:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting declared : “We can't allow this drift, this malaise in the party to continue, otherwise we are going to a certain defeat … and so we are now convinced that it was the correct thing to do. The people are responding on the ground (and) we are getting encouragement everywhere we go,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, July 2, 2019 8:19:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “It’s not for want of the opposition members in Parliament taking on the issue.In fact, I have commented a couple times in the PAC (Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee) that I know the public must have Petrojam fatigue, but there is just so many scandals. Every rock you look under, there’s another one,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 1, 2019 9:27:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “One Petrojam or one Ministry of Education, or a CMU (Caribbean Maritime University) could bring down a government, but the fact that it isn’t, I think we shouldn’t just blame the public and say, ‘How they allow this to happen?’” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 1, 2019 9:27:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “They say the PNP doesn’t have any coherent message, the PNP’s organisation is focused more on squabbling between councillors and MPs, there is a lack of trust in the leadership, the party is seen as arrogant and taking the electorate for granted. These were the four things that were identified in the appraisal report,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 1, 2019 9:27:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “If I was a member of the public, I can see probably just becoming frustrated, because the JLP administration has not by any means lived up to its promises. But on the other hand, when they look at the PNP, they perhaps don’t see any clear difference, they don’t see a lot of energy in the organisation. For whatever reason the leader is not appealing to them, so I can only conclude that those are the reasons,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 1, 2019 9:27:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting told : “I am not concerned about Central Manchester. I know that I have put in the work, I have established a solid track record delivering their jobs, quality high-school spaces, and I think when we did a poll after the 2011 election, something like 80 per cent of the constituents were satisfied with my performance as MP, so I’m not concerned on that side,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 1, 2019 9:27:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting argued : “The first seat I ran for in South East Clarendon had never been won by the PNP in history, and if I was concerned with safe seats, I wouldn’t have chosen that and I brought it home for the PNP for the first time and I retained it as campaign manager, even though I didn’t run the second time,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 1, 2019 9:27:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting added : “elections are won in the battleground seats and so I don’t shy away from that, and I think the fact that I had a battleground seat in 2011 made me a much more effective general secretary, because I understood what it would take to win the battleground seats and it was our most successful election in a long time where we got a landslide” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 1, 2019 9:27:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Danville Walker ) : “They threw everything, including the kitchen sink, at me with Danville Walker. We brought it home with a bigger margin in the last election where the swing was against the PNP again – more than doubled my margin,” “So, I believe that the example that I have set where, instead, if you coming with some established competencies from the private sector, it is not to go and look for a safe seat, because if everybody is running down the safe seats, then the party will be in Opposition for a very long time” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 1, 2019 9:27:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting told : “The last three years has been painful as far as I am concerned. In my statement when I announced my decision to challenge for the leadership, I said there has really not been a single transformational initiative for the party or even in terms of policy platform that we put to Parliament. This is not the PNP that I started in,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 30, 2019 9:14:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “You have a set of circumstances presented to you, and you go from day to day responding tactically. But that’s not the role of the PNP. The party has always been the architect of change in Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 30, 2019 9:14:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “The determination to transform the party into something that is fit for purpose for contemporary challenges, something that will be able to be the catalyst and demonstrate a government in waiting, form part of the reason for the challenge,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 30, 2019 9:14:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “Uncertainty can be debilitating for a political movement, and an undeclared campaign is already starting to develop in social media and amongst party members. For good order and transparency, it is best that this speculation be put to rest as soon as possible,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, June 18, 2019 8:16:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting argued ( about Peter Phillips ) : “There is also a growing acceptance/resignation in the general public and amongst various stakeholder groups, including party membership and supporters, civil society, and private sector leadership that the PNP, under Dr Peter Phillips's leadership, cannot defeat the JLP in a general election. This will have negative consequences for voter support, organisational energy, and party/campaign funding,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 17, 2019 9:48:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Peter Phillips ) : "There is also a growing acceptance/resignation in the general public and amongst various stakeholder groups including Party membership and supporters, civil society and private sector leadership, that the PNP under Dr. Peter Phillips’ leadership cannot defeat the JLP in a general election," External link

jamaica-star Monday, June 17, 2019 8:51:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “Since becoming president, he has not implemented a single transformational initiative within the party and is just not seen as the right person for this time,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, June 13, 2019 8:06:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Michael Manley ) : “The party, as Michael Manley would say, cannot become just a manager of a set of givens,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, June 11, 2019 9:23:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “This is the party that has to be the architect of change to 'jook' and prod... for poor people. It is not enough to say that employment is increasing. Being a windscreen wiper or part-time vendor may be better than nothing, but that is not providing a liveable wage for people,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, June 11, 2019 9:23:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “This was a seat that was represented by (the JLP's Sir Alexander Bustamante), [and] for 27 years by Hugh Shearer. Michael Manley knitted his brow and asked, why that seat?” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, June 11, 2019 9:23:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting told : “That is not what ambitious people do; they would go look for a safe seat,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, June 11, 2019 9:23:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting told : “I have, up to today, never contested for any position I have had in the People’s National Party. So who want to say it is ambition driving this Comrade can talk whatever they want, but there is no evidence to support that,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 10, 2019 9:04:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “Uncertainty can be debilitating for a political movement, and an undeclared campaign is already starting to develop in social media and amongst party members. For good order and transparency, it is best that this speculation be put to rest as soon as possible,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 10, 2019 8:56:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting argued : “However, since becoming [PNP] president, he has not implemented a single transformational initiative within the party and is just not seen as the right person for this time,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 9, 2019 9:19:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “Since our party's East Portland by-election loss, there has been increasing speculation about both the desirability and the likelihood of a leadership of the PNP,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 9, 2019 8:45:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “We know the prime minister had taken a trip to Israel two years ago with his national security adviser, and two years' time we still can't hear what that trip was about. But what we now hear is that Israeli firms are providing cyber security capability to the Government,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 2, 2019 8:47:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting told : “This is software that can... be used to infect the phone... read your WhatsApp messages, and reveal what is on your phone. So essentially, they use your phone to spy on you...,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 2, 2019 8:47:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting added : “What it shows, Mister Chairman, is that we can’t just take the figures on face value because, to be honest with you, [I was] impressed that Petrojam was able to keep the cost down to $4,800 a head … . [Approximately] $39,000 per head is a lot different from $4,800 per head, ” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 29, 2019 10:18:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “We have seen where the country is suffering from what I would call Petrojam fatigue. Too much of it,” “I almost feel apologetic to go back to Parliament, go back to the Public Accounts Committee, and keep hammering away, not at the same thing, but at more and more examples of corruption,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 27, 2019 9:13:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “That is our job, that is our responsibility. If we don't do it, we would be dropping our hands on the work, and we not doing that. (Those who are) tired of hearing about Petrojam, corruption every week, don't blame the Opposition, blame those who were tiefing. Blame those who were corrupt; blame those who were promoting their friend and company, that's who you must blame, not the Opposition...,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 27, 2019 9:13:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “I made my position clear (to the PNP executive), that for me it was a matter of conscience, because I sincerely believed that the way it (state of emergency) was being used was unconstitutional, and no one asked me to change my position. So it was not a surprise to anybody,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 23, 2019 9:13:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting argued : “Yet we had much better results than this JLP Administration is getting, (and) we had no states of emergency... I am not saying that we got (crime) to the level where it needed to be; I am saying we were getting much better results than we are seeing now,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 23, 2019 9:13:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “We pointed that out last year when they called a state of emergency. For the first few months it had an impact, but by month four or five it had started to taper off. And by the second half of the year, it was having no further impact at all,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 23, 2019 9:13:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Norman Manley ) : “The young people today don’t have much interest in us telling them what Norman Manley did, and what Michael did, and what P.J. did, and what Portia did,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 22, 2019 9:49:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “They seemed to have been able to get information that Petrojam’s team was unable to get,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 22, 2019 9:49:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “We know the prime minister had taken a trip to Israel two years ago with his national security adviser, and two years' time we still can't hear what that trip was about. But what we now hear is that Israeli firms are providing cybersecurity capability to the Government,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 21, 2019 9:03:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “This is software that can... be used to infect the phone... read yuh WhatsApp messages, and reveal what is on your phone. So essentially, they use your phone to spy on you...,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 21, 2019 9:03:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “I am telling you, if we couldn't trust them with Petrojam, if we couldn't trust them with NESOL, if we couldn't trust them at Ministry of Education... why do we feel we can trust them with the very privacy of what is on our cellphones? Not me, I not trusting them... I am giving notice now. We (political opposition) going to start asking some very hard questions about this Israeli spying capability that is being acquired... and to make sure it is not going to be used on the citizens of Jamaica in a way to violate our privacy, and in a way to frustrate the democracy which we have worked so hard for in this country...,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 21, 2019 9:03:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Norman Manley ) : “The young people today don’t have much interest in us telling them what Norman Manley did, and what Michael did, and what P.J. did, and what Portia did,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, May 13, 2019 10:02:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting stated : “A volunteer army will always be a mercenary army, because that is what the JLP has – an army of mercenaries,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, May 13, 2019 10:02:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting explained : “What this describes is an armed rebellion or a State under siege, or at least a defined group taking or planning some serious concerted action,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 13, 2019 9:29:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “If we redeploy that water infrastructure to supply these communities it would be transformational,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 13, 2019 9:29:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting insisted : “On the face of it, it appears fraudulent,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 9, 2019 9:34:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “When the original phase was opened or put on the market, the understanding given to the purchasers then was that I think it was within two years that (NWC) potable water would have been available in the scheme. We are six years down the road and still no water,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, April 14, 2019 9:26:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting argued : “This is where we get a collapse of the supposed separation between policy and operations. The minister is the policy leader of the ministry, but when his personal assistant is inserted into the operational agencies as a director and is passing things on, which are interpreted as an instruction, then this is where good governance breaks down. That's why we have a permanent secretary in the ministries, because they're the accounting officers in charge of the administrative side of the ministry,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 10, 2019 9:41:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “Their review of the Department of Cooperatives and Friendly Societies’ records, updated to October 2018, showed no evidence that either citizens’ association was registered,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 3, 2019 10:39:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting argued : “After one year, there were still no cases built against them that they could be charged. So I’m not sure that justification still stands up because you had a chance to prove it last year, and I’m not aware of any of these organised crime cases being put together during that opportunity,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 14, 2019 11:14:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting charged : “Me want unnu to look out for the big trousers man. Those who ate the US$1,000 topsy-turvy cake going to come here and offer East Portlanders the crumbs from the cake,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 4, 2019 11:32:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “It's been two years now I have been begging the NWA; I have been begging the Road Safety Unit to do something at these two points where our children are at risk and they have done nothing. I think the time for reasonableness has expired now. I think we will have to get much more militant, much more strident... My representation on behalf of these children is going to go to another level,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 25, 2019 9:32:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “I want the prime minister to explain whether there was such a valuation and to explain the destruction of value between 2017 and 2018 under their watch,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 20, 2019 8:36:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “These answers are just attempts at obfuscation and delay,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, February 5, 2019 9:49:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting contended : "This has been a flawed and corrupt exercise. More than 1,500 Jamaicans have been murdered so far this year and it may well be over 1,600 murders at year end," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 6, 2017 9:13:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : "I had really anticipated that the National Security Minister would have come here with a humble and contrite heart, instead he has come wrong and strong," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 6, 2017 4:36:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Centre ) : "Some of these patients, who really require therapeutic mental health treatment, have been languishing in Tower Street [Adult Correction Centre] for decades," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, November 1, 2017 8:47:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : "I must say that I am a little disappointed in the fact that none of the four units, specifically to ensure the separation of juveniles from adults in lock-ups, are operational, as they did not reach the required standards," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 20, 2017 10:07:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Force ) : "Bridgeport was actually handed over to the Jamaica Constabulary Force, but shortly thereafter, it had to be closed. This is very disappointing," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 20, 2017 10:07:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : "From an escalating violence and murder point of view, they feel that they have been improperly tainted and they were all quite clear on that," "They were all very certain that, from the original numbers that were announced, that that was vastly inaccurate ... it is unfair to them and I completely understand their views" External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 18, 2017 9:15:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : "I see a picture by ZOSO communications on Twitter of two board guns, them call it success - 'We have discovered two home-made weapons'. yet, when I look at the police statistic that they issue, they don't recognise them because is two fake guns. Is two piece of board paste up together and that is not a gun, so it don't even count on the police statistics as two guns recovered, but yet it is a big song and dance on Twitter feed," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 13, 2017 9:32:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting added : "Fairness and natural justice demand that past FLA members whose reputations are being tarnished be given access to the files in question to be able to first identify the case, as well as defend and justify their decisions" External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, August 22, 2017 11:35:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Association ) : "There were no new allegations contained in the episode of 'Probe', but merely a collection of concerns previously aired by either members of the Master Builders Association or indeed, Mr Clifton Yap, who is chairman of the Jamaican Institute of Architects' College of Fellows," "I hope this marks the beginning of a necessary public debate on the appropriate level of engagement by foreign governments (or their state-owned enterprises) around which a national consensus can be forged" External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, August 12, 2017 9:24:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : "Fifty-five years of our independence from Britain, many Jamaicans are concerned that we are once again undergoing a new form of colonialism - a form of economic colonialism by Chinese operating in Jamaica," External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, August 10, 2017 8:17:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : "There is no effective regulation of these Chinese companies. Their records. are kept in Mandarin, Tax Administration [of Jamaica], and the audit department has no effective way of telling what is used on one project versus another [and] if workers are moving between companies, etc," External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, August 10, 2017 8:17:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : "That was far from the truth," External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 31, 2017 5:27:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting argued : "MOCA cannot investigate. innuendos; it can only investigate allegations of criminal or corrupt conduct" External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, July 30, 2017 9:22:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting added : "The entire board needs to resign and the issuance of new licences suspended while this investigation is taking place" External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, July 30, 2017 9:22:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : "Just as how you have an epidemic of flu or an epidemic of Zika, public-health specialists treat violence as an epidemic, and the interesting thing is that just as with an epidemic of flu or cholera or any contagious disease, the greatest predictor of a case of violence is a previous case of violence," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 25, 2017 1:02:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting noted : "We recognised that violence was an outcome of the failure and weaknesses of many different levels of the society and that it would take a multidisciplinary or multisectoral approach to tackle it," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 25, 2017 1:02:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : "We introduced, when I was minister, a construction internship with the JDF Engineering Regiment, where we identified at-risk youth and got into a one-year programme where they would be learning construction skills. In fact, they would get hard certification at the end of it," "More than just the construction skills, they were being supervised by soldiers, picking up critical success factors of punctuality, discipline, self- and impulse control, which made them marketable" External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 1, 2017 8:42:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting told : "That has been tried over and over again from the '80s coming right up. I don't agree with that. I believe that you can be strong on crime and also strong on human rights," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, January 29, 2017 11:15:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting added : "There has been all these special police squads, the Suppression of Crimes Act ... and my view is that things like those just don't work," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, January 29, 2017 11:15:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : "What Mr Boyne said reflects a level of frustration, which I understand, but we've been there before," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, January 29, 2017 11:15:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : "Scoring a sound bite ends up being just a distraction because whether he was serious or not, it makes him look like he is not," External link

jamaica-star Tuesday, January 24, 2017 7:20:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : "I hope that he made that statement from a comedic value. He was trying to get a forward or a laugh from the audience. I really sincerely hope that he was not serious," External link

jamaica-star Tuesday, January 24, 2017 7:20:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : "The public looks for a minister of national security to be a fairly sober person. Not saying you have to be boring and you can't make a joke or something like that, but they expect that when you speak, it comes from a very considered position," "I don't think the current minister impresses the public with the likelihood of him speaking from informed position. It seems much more off the cuff and what will get a laugh or a forward from the particular audience" External link

jamaica-star Tuesday, January 24, 2017 7:20:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “I think we have lost some amount of focus from the policy level in the change of administration,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 24, 2017 11:54:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting added : “If we bought new vehicles, we could have had 80 to 100 already delivered with a ninemonth lead time. So there is really no excuse, to my mind, other than administrative bungling and a lack of focus,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 24, 2017 11:54:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : "Since the start of this year, by the official police statistics, murders are up over 50 per cent and shootings are up over 80 per cent," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 24, 2017 8:51:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : "We have not started the year well and I think the concern that many of us have is that 2016 was not an aberration but signalling a trend to a higher rate of murders," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 24, 2017 8:51:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting argued : "In an environment of scarce resources, a big part of the requirement of a policy leader is to stay focused and to always be spending time and using influence in areas where it will have the highest impact," "Frankly, in my opinion, he seems misplaced. I don't think his skill set is best suited for that position. I think he has a lot of talent as a politician, but there are horses for courses, and I don't think his skill set is best suited for the Ministry of National Security" External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 24, 2017 8:51:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting assuré : "Le vote de cette loi ne signifie pas la suppression de tout cadre en ce qui concerne la culture, le transport, la vente et l'export de ganja" External link

huffingtonpost-fr-fr Wednesday, February 25, 2015 9:28:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting disse : "É significativo porque começa a corrigir a criminalização ao longo de décadas de dezenas de milhares de jamaicanos, em sua maioria homens negros jovens, pela posse de um pequeno baseado" External link

afp-portugues Wednesday, February 25, 2015 8:14:00 PM EAT



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security minister15.71%EN08/18/201718/08/2017
minister7.85%EN08/18/201718/08/2017
member0.91%EN04/12/201712/04/2017
former security minister0.91%EN03/21/201721/03/2017
general secretary9.06%EN02/06/201706/02/2017
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vicepresidenta0.30%ES06/16/200816/06/2008
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Peter BuntingEN97.80%
Peter BuntingFR0.59%
Peter BuntingPT0.59%
Peter BuntingES0.44%
Peter BuntingSA0.29%
PETER BUNTINGEN0.15%
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Donovan Mitchell said ( about Peter Bunting ) : “I supported Peter Bunting and after everything was closed, I was asked to serve as campaign manager for the parish of Manchester. They could have found another person that supported Dr Phillips. I don't think there is any victimisation. The problem is that one must recognise that when you are elected to serve people, you must stay with the people, and do the work that the people have asked you to do with whatever limited resources you have. Once you stay with the people, you will always have the people with you,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, July 10, 2020 8:59:00 AM EAT

Peter Phillips said ( about Peter Bunting ) : “Comrade Peter Bunting led an intense and spirited challenge. I give him my respect and I salute him,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 23, 2019 4:45:00 AM EAT

Peter Phillips said ( about Peter Bunting ) : “Comrade Bunting and I held a first meeting yesterday [Tuesday] at which we discussed a number of issues and we reaffirmed our commitment to cooperate fully for the success of the People's National Party,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, September 12, 2019 9:07:00 AM EAT

Norman Hoare said ( about Peter Bunting ) : “Maybe if there was a vacancy, or if Bunting had challenged when there was a vacancy, it would have been different. But since there is not a vacancy, I don't support something like that, whether in the past or in the future. So it's not a personalised thing with Mr Bunting. It's just my own personal position. I think that if a president is not performing, then the party needs to get together and ask that person to improve or step down. But it has to be the party coming together, and the party can do it,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, September 1, 2019 9:00:00 AM EAT

Fenton Ferguson told ( about Peter Bunting ) : “I am confirming that I will support Comrade Peter Bunting in the election to determine who leads the People's National Party next month,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, August 11, 2019 8:23:00 AM EAT

Fenton Ferguson said ( about Peter Bunting ) : “Unquestionably, Phillips has performed solidly in his ministerial responsibilities, in particular his foundational role in setting the country on an irreversible path of macro-economic stability. That is laudable. At the same time it must be recognised, to the party's credit, that these are two excellent candidates for leadership at this time. On the one hand you have Phillips, a man who has excelled not only at the ministerial level, but importantly as a party functionary — critically in his role as general secretary. Bunting, too, was an exceptional general secretary and a path-breaking minister, but importantly, a Comrade who has risen from a working class background — farming – to be a definite leader in the financial sector,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, August 11, 2019 8:23:00 AM EAT

Fenton Ferguson said ( about Peter Bunting ) : “Having done the analysis, I am clear that I have made the correct decision that Peter Bunting is the right choice at this time for president of the People's National Party. So, we rise united,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, August 11, 2019 8:23:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Peter Bunting ) : “I believe the party must put itself in the best position to win. Under the leadership of Peter Bunting, a proven winner, the PNP will do just that,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, July 14, 2019 9:30:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Peter Bunting ) : "Under the leadership of Peter Bunting, a proven WINNER, the PNP will do just that," External link

jamaica-star Monday, June 17, 2019 8:51:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Peter Bunting ) : “I believe the party must put itself in the best position to win. Under the leadership of Peter Bunting, a proven winner, the PNP will do just that,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 10, 2019 9:04:00 AM EAT

Morais Guy said ( about Peter Bunting ) : "The fact is that the matter is something that Mr Bunting has clearly investigated and there are some issues and concerns ... but they are allegations - he has nothing to substantiate [them]," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, August 15, 2017 7:58:00 AM EAT

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Peter Bunting outlined ( about Peace ) : "So there is a template that worked at a time when we had much fewer resources than this administration has. We introduced violence interrupters, [and] we supported the Peace Management Initiative to break the cycle of reprisal and counter-reprisal[s] that often results in many, many deaths after the first incident," "So the template is there. We begged the administration after the change of government [in 2016] not to abandon it, but for purely partisan political reasons, they did, and now the country is reaping the whirlwind from those poor decisions," External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, October 12, 2021 8:23:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “The casual and obviously unenthusiastic approach to this investigation is a serious indictment on the JCF's organizational credibility. Thousands of ordinary citizens have been arrested and fined up to $200,000 each for simple breaches like 'no mask wearing' or being out after curfew. The police should not allow the powerful to evade the law so easily, while arresting the powerless,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 6, 2021 3:23:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “What I think, if you do research, you would see that this has never been applied in our laws,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 29, 2021 12:06:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “I really believe that while the first two reasons are true, the strongest reason why we have had such disappointment is that we need to build our intelligence gathering, and our investigative capacities to penetrate the criminal organisations,” “We started MOCA, because we realised that the sort of personnel that was needed to put in charge of these cases was a very high level person,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 14, 2021 8:17:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “We know that the TRN is not a sound system in the sense that persons have more than one TRN number over the years. It seems to me, if we are going to adopt the number from a system that exists, they should do it from a system such as the EOJ's, which does cross matching of fingerprints, or PICA (Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency) which has facial recognition software that avoids duplication, or catches a duplication, rather than adopting a system which has only the benefit of not repeating a number,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 11, 2021 9:34:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting argued : “So it is not uncommon even in the particular case of this contractor, but generally in government contracting, to separate the design and preliminary work from the actual contract to construct the work,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, May 15, 2021 9:38:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “The decent thing to be done is for any legislator involved in such violent circumstances to resign. Where the individual fails to do the decent thing, the Government should,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, April 25, 2021 10:59:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “It is a slogan that we hear often, but it is not meaningful in our context,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, April 25, 2021 3:31:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting suggested : “It is an anachronism. It really is just empty rhetoric,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, April 25, 2021 3:31:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting contended : “If they have to employ a lawyer, a cyber forensic expert, it really might just put the hurdle too high, far too high, on top of everything else,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, April 23, 2021 9:45:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “Many Jamaicans had been hoping and praying that Khanice would have returned home safely, but the unfortunate reality is that our women remain vulnerable to predators and need special initiatives to help protect them,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 28, 2021 8:43:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “I’m more excited about them being able to return to some kind of normality,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 17, 2021 10:37:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “In 2019, notwithstanding the dramatic increase in the budgets of the Ministry of National Security and its agencies, there were around the same 11,800 JCF members. Based on the briefing I had with the commissioner a few weeks ago, it is considerably less now. We are talking about the burden of violent crime and investigating, gathering intelligence, and doing all the things that the JCF is required to do — but they need personnel to do that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 15, 2021 12:36:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “investment in the security forces is ongoing but there are challenges” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 15, 2021 12:36:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “It was out of that study that we recognised the need for an agency like MOCA,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 14, 2021 10:59:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “The Prime Minister came to office on a promise to fix the crime problem and must therefore be held to account for the non-performance of his administration in this area,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, February 1, 2021 6:16:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting told : “I had no formal education programme as such outside of the $4 million to $5 million per year that was allocated under the CDF,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, January 31, 2021 6:06:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “My office was also, for many years, a homework centre/computer lab, where students and others could have the use of computers to access the Internet, print and conduct research,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, January 31, 2021 6:06:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “In the US military, for example, it has been a growing issue. They have put in place measures to supposedly alleviate this issue but notwithstanding that, it's a growing problem for them. The last Pentagon study they did found that a culture of sexual assaults and sexual harassment persists despite the prevention efforts. They attribute that to the toxic and harassing command cultures that sets the stage for sexual violence. This is not unique to Jamaica or even to the US. It's part of military culture and if we're not very proactive we will allow an environment that is discriminatory to women to persist,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, January 24, 2021 1:15:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “Our very own constitution has adopted a charter of rights since 2011. All these thing must signal the need to modernise and update our approaches even within organisations like the JDF,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, January 24, 2021 1:15:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “The whole reason for bringing into being INDECOM was to have an independent investigatory body for any allegations of abuse of the rights of citizens by the State or agencies of the State, and in particular the security forces who have more than normal powers over the lives of citizens, and in this case female citizens who also happen to be members of the JDF,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 19, 2021 2:13:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “This is not something that has suddenly come upon them. This is something they must have been dealing with for weeks and months. I don't think it should take more than a few hours to run it up the chain of command, if necessary, and respond. With the Sunday Observer article coming out, by today (yesterday) they should have been in a position to correct whatever errors they made in their 'no comment' yesterday (Sunday),” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 19, 2021 2:13:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “At the very least I would expect the media relations officer to have said this is a serious allegation, we're going to issue a comprehensive statement on it tomorrow or Tuesday, for example, but the idea of just no comment and stonewalling the media is just completely unacceptable,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 19, 2021 2:13:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “It is something that should be of concern to all well-thinking persons in society. The militaries worldwide this is nothing unique to JDF tend to be male-dominated, and in many cases they're discriminatory against female members and make those members particularly vulnerable to abuse. Therefore, it is something we should be extra sensitive to and not [be] dismissive of in any way. I expect the leadership of the JDF to be much more forthcoming in addressing this,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 19, 2021 2:13:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting stated : “So, I am concerned, and this has really not so much to do with the US side but on the Jamaican side, given that the consulate had been alerted and they should have been monitoring the progress of this case, that weeks should pass and almost by accident our Ministry of Foreign Affairs learns of this,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, January 17, 2021 9:23:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting stated : “So, I am concerned, and this has really not so much to do with the US side but on the Jamaican side, given that the consulate had been alerted and they should have been monitoring the progress of this case, that weeks should pass and almost by accident our Ministry of Foreign Affairs learns of this,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 16, 2021 4:17:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting insisted : “My point is that it is not for the minister to offer legal advice, but given what we have seen there must be some concern on the part of the Government as to what will happen in cases where vessels are wrongfully destroyed,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, January 16, 2021 2:16:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “The Oath of Allegiance is to uphold and defend the Constitution, not the expedient goals of an executive,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 18, 2020 10:27:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “The last time the JLP got a fairly easy wicket to bat on, because the PNP Government of 2012 to 2016 had taken all the tough decisions and implemented all the tough measures to gain all sorts of accolades from the IMF [International Monetary Fund] and rating agencies for turning around the economy,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 8, 2020 8:21:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “This time with the challenges of COVID, it won't be as easy a batting wicket. Once the PNP becomes organised and attractive to the people of Jamaica, combined with a much harder wicket to bat on for the Government, I am confident that under the leadership of Mark Golding, we will see people calling for the PNP; the majority of people calling for the PNP within a couple years,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 8, 2020 8:21:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Mark Golding ) : “It was no secret that the party was at a financial low when I took over as general secretary. A year or two later Mark Golding came on board as treasurer and his fund-raising ability at that time was instrumental in turning around the fortunes of the party – getting us sufficient resources to win a landslide election at the end of 2011,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 8, 2020 8:21:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “Nevertheless, I have instructed my attorneys, Peter Champagnie and company, to vigorously pursue all available legal remedies to defend my reputation from these baseless attacks,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, November 7, 2020 12:21:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Mark Golding ) : “We have the same set of principles as far as it applies to political leadership and movement. I know he has tremendous intellect and capacity for work that he will apply to rebuilding the party,” “Whatever role that president Mark Golding asks me to serve in, I will do so. Right now, I am not looking beyond November 7. My focus is on getting Mark elected. Whatever role I have, if any, is secondary to that. I am 100 per cent focused on November 7” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 24, 2020 10:53:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting told : “I am taking a few days to reflect on last Thursday’s outcome before I make any public comment,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, September 6, 2020 10:23:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Don Anderson ) : “Recent polls that we did for Dayton, a Don Anderson poll, showed him comfortably ahead but you don’t take anything for granted,” “Obviously, the JLP has a lot more money than they’re throwing at him so we’re going to do our best to support him in whatever way we can. We may not be able to support him with equal amount of money, but at least we can put our voices to endorse him, and anybody that we can influence through that medium, hopefully, will help strengthen him” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 2, 2020 2:40:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “The party also provides support particularly for election day, and Dayton will get his proportionate share of that,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 2, 2020 2:40:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “This campaign is going to be one where candidates individual constituency candidates, have a much greater impact than we have seen in the past,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, August 31, 2020 12:32:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting asked ( about Commission ) : “Why haven’t they provided the funds to the National Water Commission?” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, August 24, 2020 9:55:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting told : “I am confident [of victory] because of the track record of myself, comrades, councillors and the team. Our constituency has really been outstanding in terms of the educational infrastructure we have put in during my terms,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, August 19, 2020 12:10:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “We see now with the continued enlightened political leadership, thousands of new housing solutions are opening up in Perth, Mount Nelson, private solutions at Bloomfield and so on. Central Manchester has indeed become a centre of excellence for the knowledge-based industries and people are now looking at it as a place of choice to live, work, raise families, do business and retire,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, August 19, 2020 12:10:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : "I have been recognised by independent third parties as being one of the most accountable MPs. I have the highest ranking by the Jamaica Accountability Meter Portal," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, August 18, 2020 11:41:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “This thing would work much better if we evolve the budgeting process to the school level. The school boards and principals would get their entire allocation, nothing would be centralised at the parent ministry or at the regional level, but the financial and human resources to an extent should be pushed down to the lowest level at which the task can be competently carried out,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, August 17, 2020 2:08:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “This campaign is going to be one where candidates, individual constituency candidates, have a much greater impact than we have seen in the past,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, August 14, 2020 1:35:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “In the past, I would say that elections have been very leader-centric and party-centric. But the polls that we are doing, and some of the results we're seeing, suggest that if you have strong candidates in your constituencies they will make the difference. And I believe we have an excellent team, an outstanding team of MPs (Members of Parliament) — those who are serving and being returned and new candidates with fresh faces and new ideas,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, August 14, 2020 1:35:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “But, of course, you run a campaign as a national campaign. So there is no seat that we've given up on. I never forget in 2011 we were focused primarily on 36 but we ended up with 42. So you never go for just the number that you need. You make sure you have a little cushion there,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, August 14, 2020 1:35:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “Realistically, I think we've started behind, but I believe we have the momentum now, and our job is to burst that bubble, that perception that the Government has maintained through their PR [public relations] machinery. [Our job] is to let people look at actual performance; look at objective measures of performance; look at the increased murder rate; look at the lower per capita income that people have now; look at how they've, although started reasonably well with the COVID-19 management, how they've messed up and allowed people through the airport without testing and now we're having a second wave or a spike in the amount of infections,” “We need to hammer these home; to bring the reality of the performance of this Government to bear, and let people understand that PR alone is not going to improve their lives,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, August 14, 2020 1:35:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting noted : “We never had a single state of emergency during our four years and we had a lower murder and violent crime rate every year of those four years than any year under the SOEs. In fact, if you look at the murder rate this year and projected through to the end of the year, we'll end up somewhere around 1,367 murders,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, August 13, 2020 8:55:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “So the Government has been a complete failure at controlling violent crime and murders in particular, even though they constantly trumpet their success,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, August 13, 2020 8:55:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : "It is unconscionable for students to be expected to cough up hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional expenses, just days ahead of the start of their respective programmes," External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 31, 2020 11:08:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “It speaks volumes to the inadequacy of investigative resources at the commission,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, July 23, 2020 9:16:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting suggested : “It’s such a red flag that I would suggest that special attention is given to publishing these and to draw the public’s attention (to them),” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 22, 2020 10:17:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “The longer you take to bring these matters to a conclusion, the less likely you are to mount a successful prosecution,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 22, 2020 9:10:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting contended : “I think it is really a stretch to be trying to use that to justify these parties for senior officials. I feel almost uncomfortable for the PS to be put in a position to be trying to defend the indefensible, because this really is,” “There is no circular that could support this type of splurging at taxpayers’ expense; these parties, yachts, and whatever ... it is just not provided for in any circular, clearly in breach of government policy, and an abuse of taxpayers’ funds,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 15, 2020 10:47:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “a multipurpose court, stands for spectators, two football fields and cricket facilities, are all in the development plans” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, July 5, 2020 9:30:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting argued : “I supported the legislation for the ZOSO because I thought that was what ZOSO was about social intervention,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 29, 2020 2:28:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “There is now a trend towards ‘game-ification’ of learning, where you use competitive scenarios and give points and reward systems to make learning fun. It does not feel burdensome to the child because they are playing a game, but they are actually learning and being engaged by these games,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 29, 2020 10:10:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting added : “All this needs to be wrapped into an integrated learning management system that gives students access to course material and other resources, but they themselves can also add resources. So when they are networking online, they can share information, work on group projects, and interact with instructors; and the education technology allows students to engage in an ongoing cycle of learning,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 29, 2020 10:10:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “Not every textbook has an e-book version, so just use the ones that have the e-book version. So instead of a student lugging along a pull-along bag because they have so many books, all they would need is a laptop and all the materials relevant for their age and the courses they are doing, which would be downloaded at the beginning of the term, and it would cost a lot less. One of those laptops would last you for three years and would cost less than three years’ worth of booklists,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 29, 2020 10:10:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting asked ( about Peter Phillips ) : “Are you now confident that Phillips will lead the PNP to victory?” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 28, 2020 2:59:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “Roughly three to four per cent of the education budget is spent on early childhood, and even if we adjust the amount for the size of the student cohort, you will probably have five times as much being spent per student, per year, in the primary and secondary schools. But that is actually a poor investment,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, June 27, 2020 9:47:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting added : “The researchers took a cohort of three-year-olds, divided them into two groups, and exposed one group to high-quality preschool education, while the other group did what they wanted, and they tracked them for 40 years. The biggest return was in keeping the students out of trouble with law enforcement and keeping them from becoming criminals,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, June 27, 2020 9:47:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “When we are talking about a primary-school child today, we are saying that you are training him for a particular job when more than half the jobs that will be around when he graduates will be pointless,” “So you are not to train him for something particular, but instead, you are going to train him broadly enough that he can do anything. During the course of his lifetime, the student will probably change careers many times” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, June 27, 2020 9:47:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting observed : “National security was 10 times the capital budget for education,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 24, 2020 10:55:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting told : “The unorthodox night watchman arrangement for the last year and a half was really quite unsatisfactory,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, June 18, 2020 11:15:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting observed : “It is quite curious that normally, these licences, you can buy them online directly from the companies, whether it be Microsoft or whoever the vendor is,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 17, 2020 10:34:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “How on earth can that be described as a success? [It] cannot be,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 17, 2020 10:34:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting told : “In fact, that policy has been a colossal failure. After three successive years of the extensive use of SOEs, and the consequent huge expenditure of resources, the annual number of murders has been much higher in each of these SOE years than in any single year between 2011 to 2015 when there were no SOEs. And this [is] despite having had a capital budget for the Ministry of National Security that was up to 10 times greater than it had been during the 2011 to 2015 period,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 15, 2020 11:23:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting argued : “However, in Jamaica, criminals have become so accustomed to curfews, cordons... and the general militarisation of policing that they have adapted and now operate virtually undeterred. Regrettably, the prime minister continues to believe that doubling down on a failed policy will yield better results. That is the definition of insanity,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 15, 2020 11:23:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting argued : “Since becoming [PNP] president, he has not implemented a single transformational initiative within the party and is just not seen as the right person for this time,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 14, 2020 8:26:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “To my certain knowledge, there was no rejection,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 8, 2020 11:00:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Peter Phillips ) : “It is Cde Peter Phillips's turn” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 7, 2020 3:17:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting stated : “Given that you're the one in front of us here, do you understand that you have the liability, the obligation, to have ensured that these payments were in order and that you are in fact in violation of your responsibility as an officer at CMU to just sign them off [because] the president says; you're at risk of being complicit in this whole exercise,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 3, 2020 11:06:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting declared : “But in almost every case, they have had to grudgingly adopt it after initially resisting it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 3, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “We have seen so many stops and starts, flips and flops, from the minister on policy and operational issues since the start of this COVID lockdown,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 3, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “But in almost every case, they have had to grudgingly adopt it after initially resisting it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 3, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “We have seen so many stops and starts, flips and flops from the minister on policy and operational issues since the start of this COVID lockdown,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 3, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “I would say that getting more resources and training for intelligence collection for investigations, and case preparation for adequate prosecutorial resources, including issuing more fiats to agencies like MOCA [Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency] so that they can speed up the prosecutions, and quicker trials and certainty in trial dates — these things will have a lot more impact than just more legislation,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 29, 2020 8:35:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “We must do our best to prepare our children to persevere through challenges, and to mitigate the impact of disasters. To allow CSEC students from other islands, and other nations generally, to move ahead along their productive journey, and disadvantage our own students is unforgivable. The repercussions of such a visionless approach would have a long term negative impact on this cohort’s career prospects,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, May 16, 2020 12:42:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting declared : “Two-plus years and we still have not got reports. They have not concluded critical investigations like the proper issuing of licences at the Firearm Licensing Authority,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 13, 2020 8:44:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “The Opposition acknowledges the unprecedented impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the education sector worldwide and accepts that our children must learn from home for the time being. Nevertheless, there are key lessons that have emerged from past forced school closures in response to disasters,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, April 27, 2020 1:57:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : "The proposed Task Force must seriously consider how to reconfigure the next academic year to help students catch up and mitigate the long-term impact emanating from the COVID-19 lockdown," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, April 26, 2020 8:11:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting told : “As elected individuals, we are required to touch base with our constituents, but we realised that we would need a bigger group to not just be able to run errands for particularly older persons who may not have their families around, but just to call and check on them,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 30, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “While we understand that the Ministry of Education is awaiting advice from the Ministry of Health to activate its protocols, we encourage them to be decisive when they arrive at those triggers,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 13, 2020 9:41:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “This is extraordinary. I have never seen such incompetence,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 26, 2020 9:35:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “This is a building which the ministry has rented for five years, and immediately upon renting proceeded to spend $80 million upgrading,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 26, 2020 9:35:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “It was tragedy and my sympathy goes out to the victims, to the Heavens and their staff. I know everybody must have been traumatised by this,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 22, 2020 9:32:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “If we expand the list of offences to include the scam artists, then we really run the risk of applying it too widely and clogging the courts,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, January 25, 2020 8:36:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting contended : “students are regretting going there. Many persons who have contributed to it are cut up and hurt because of what is happening at the institution” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 22, 2020 9:26:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “While the resignation of all board members is a given, the taxpayers of the country are entitled to a full accounting of the stewardship of the board. Silence on the part of resigned board members is not acceptable,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 21, 2020 4:59:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting stated ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “Jamaica needs rescuing now and it needs it from a 100 per cent PNP. We are here to demonstrate that there are bigger issues to deal with in the country – the chaos in the education sector, a potential fallout in our economy, important issues that the JLP is not dealing with. So we must move forward to address these challenges to educate the people,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 17, 2020 9:01:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting told ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “The purpose of this project is to improve the collection of evidence of criminal activity in an effort to prosecute and reduce such activity, improve the transparency of JCF (Jamaica Constabulary Force) activities when interacting with the public, to encourage JCF officers to act in accordance with the force's professional standards to include the appropriate use of force, and to create a record to protect JCF officers from unfair allegations of violations of JCF professional standards,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, January 12, 2020 9:00:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting told : “Whatever bruises were incurred in the campaign, I think they are healing,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 7, 2020 10:01:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “I can’t get into the detail of that, but I would not be surprised if, as the year went on, he took on greater responsibility,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 7, 2020 10:01:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “In all the circumstances, it must be concluded that the resolution of the UTech Academic Staff contract is being treated with low priority by the Ministries of Finance and Education” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 1, 2019 6:52:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “They [Ebenezer and Candle in the Dark] are demonstrating every day that persons with mental health illness can manage it and can be productive members of the society and I really hope that you will all give the necessary support to this initiative that we are launching here today,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, October 13, 2019 8:15:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “I am hoping now that the expectation is that after the arrests this morning that there will be charges. It will mark a definitive turn in this whole investigation and allow for some appointments of new leadership at the ministry and at the CMU,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, October 9, 2019 11:24:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting noted : “This is the ministry whose leaders are role models for our young men and women and it’s particularly regrettable that these persons, who thousands of not just children, but parents look to set an example, have so let us down,” “Obviously, they will have their day in court and I don’t want to take away the presumption of innocence, which our court system affords them, but I think enough has gone into the public domain that, regardless of the outcome of the trial, I think their judgment and their ability to lead has been called into question,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, October 9, 2019 11:24:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “Different people have different opinions, and I think that it is better that we wait until all are welcoming of the initiative rather than force it too quickly,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 23, 2019 10:47:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “In any campaign, there is going to be some bruised feelings and some hurt, and you just don’t ignore it and move on,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 23, 2019 10:47:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “I have no regrets about it. In fact, it was really one of the most profound experiences of my life. Certainly, it was a peak experience in terms of my political career. We really energised the party, and the opportunity now is how to channel that energy into a genuine, long-term renewal of the party,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 23, 2019 10:47:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Peter Phillips ) : “That is not on the table now at all, we have had the contest and the delegates have spoken. We accept that and now we move forward under the leadership of Dr Peter Phillips to the next general election,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 23, 2019 12:19:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Peter Phillips ) : “Obviously this is not the result that we had hoped for, but the fact that the winner won by 51 per cent shows that there was a legitimate need for a challenge. I want to start by congratulating Dr Phillips and his team on their victory, and all of us will respect the decision of the delegates,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, September 8, 2019 9:28:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “I want to now turn to my own team who ran an amazing campaign. Never in history has an incumbent with all the leadership behind them been successfully challenged and we came within probably a few dozen votes of that. I think we have nothing to be ashamed of. It is clear that our message resonated with almost 50 per cent of the delegates of the party. We intend to continue to advocate for what we believe is important, not just for the party but for the people of Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, September 8, 2019 9:28:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : "We have nothing to be ashamed of," "It is clear that our message resonated with roughly 50 per cent of the party" External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, September 8, 2019 4:17:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting added : “We sought to give the delegates a voice. We have listened to them and ordered our campaign in response to their needs and their opinions. That is why, for example, we are developing the endowment fund. We have sought to give them the movement they have ordered. We believe in them and as a result they believe in us. Our victory will be the people's victory,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, September 7, 2019 1:40:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting told : “We have walked the humble road. We have sought the support, first, of the delegates; we have engaged them in their communities, in their groups, and in classrooms. Their leaders have come along because of the overwhelming demands by their delegates that they support us,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, September 7, 2019 1:40:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting told : “Comrades, there are those who are saying that I am not following rules. Well, it may be true because rules were made to serve the party. The party wasn't made to serve rules. And if those rules are going to be used to suppress the democracy in this party, and to suppress freedom of speech and freedom of choice, then I will not be observing any of those rules,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, September 4, 2019 9:22:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting stated : “So, I can just declare here right now: We're not accepting anything that is going to suppress the rights of people to information; that is going to suppress the rights of delegates to choose; to suppress the rights of delegates to hear all views and ideas contending. It is guaranteed in our constitution, and we're going to ensure that we stand for that internally,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, September 4, 2019 9:22:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “Our ad campaign is a way of getting our campaign messages across to those delegates, which is our solemn democratic right,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, September 1, 2019 7:30:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “For more than two decades the erudite jurist A J Nicholson, QC, retired attorney general, has been legal advisor to the PNP. We welcome his endorsement of the Rise United movem,ent as indication that both experience and youth think that ours is an idea whose time has come. We intend to transform the party and transform the nation. A J's endorsement is a sign that we can win and we are winning,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, September 1, 2019 9:00:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting declared ( about Andrew Holness ) : “As the campaign comes into the final weeks, I want to say to Andrew Holness, the clock is ticking down on your time in office, because come September 8, the People's National Party will rise united, focussing on removing your corrupt Government from office,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, August 13, 2019 8:53:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting declared : “Under my leadership no more abuse of the states of emergency,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, August 13, 2019 8:53:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting added ( about Roger Clarke ) : “So if you think you get a little break fi the next few weeks, the only thing I have to say to you is that if (the late) Roger Clarke were here him would say, 'Fire deh a muss muss tail him think a cool breeze', and your time is coming,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, August 13, 2019 8:53:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting argued : “When we have gone out there in the past two months, and we have circled this country, every major town we have had whistle-stops there, I can tell you something, the Comrades nuh gone nuh where, them just looking for a little spark … to fire up that passion in them to once again retake the Government of this country,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, August 13, 2019 8:53:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting added : “In my four years as minister we had fewer murders than we are having now and we had no state of emergency,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, August 13, 2019 8:53:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting declared : “And if we want to talk truth in this country, anyhow them scrape up two dozen sons of those who live in (the upper St Andrew communities of) Jack's Hills or Cherry Gardens, and detain them for one night without bail, state of emergency done long time in this country,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, August 13, 2019 8:53:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting added : “But nothing nuh go so and the People's National Party is the party that has always stood for the average Jamaicans at times like these, and we will do it again,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, August 13, 2019 8:53:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “Anecdotally, over the last few days...I was at Denbigh (Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show), and on the north coast over the weekend, and you are just walking on the road and people are greeting you 'rise', you hear the shouts of rise from all about. It has now become a greeting amongst Comrades. It's the same thing when I walk into the lobby of a hotel and the front desk staff, the waiters are hailing me, 'rise, rise' is the term that they are using, so you know it has gained a lot of traction on the ground,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, August 11, 2019 8:23:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting stated ( about Julia Robinson ) : “Members of the secretariat should take no position. I am hopeful and I believe that Julian Robinson (general secretary) will do his best to be fair and impartial. We have some concerns about persons who, on the face of it, would not be difficult for the public to view them as being impartial, given their previous roles as campaign managers etc. But we are using the internal processes for that and I hope good sense will prevail and it won't have to spill over into the public domain,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, August 11, 2019 8:23:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting charged : “In a sense, he reminds me of the black Englishman of colonial times who aspired to be sort of black royalty,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, August 11, 2019 8:23:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting told : “Comrade Brown Burke is a seasoned campaigner of internal elections, having played an important role in Portia Simpson Miller’s successful campaigns,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, August 2, 2019 9:31:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “Angela’s experience and credibility will be invaluable to the Rise United campaign going forward,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, August 2, 2019 9:31:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Andrew Holness ) : “Suddenly, they want to start to dictate to me what it is I must bring to the table. When I was pulling 18-hour days, six and seven days a week, where were those people, to be now telling me what I must bring to the table?” “The truth of the matter is the Jamaican people nuh love bad mind. Bad mind never worked in 2016. It never worked in east Portland. Why do we believe it will work now? Andrew have him big house [and] we nuh grudge Andrew fi him big house,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, July 30, 2019 9:17:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “a life that they can live with respect and dignity” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, July 30, 2019 9:17:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting declared ( about Peter Phillips ) : “Dr Phillips has made an outstanding contribution to the party and the country in the various positions in which he has served over the past three decades. However, since becoming president, he has not implemented a single transformational initiative within the party and is just not seen as the right person for this time. There is also a growing acceptance/resignation in the general public and amongst various stakeholder groups, including party membership and supporters, civil society, and private sector leadership that the PNP under Dr Peter Phillips's leadership cannot defeat the JLP in a general election,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, July 30, 2019 9:17:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “With only a little over three years into a five-year term, everybody’s now saying, ‘But elections are about to be called’, ... but I don’t see any logic why an election is about to be called. And, you know, anything can happen, but I really don’t buy that at this time,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 30, 2019 8:48:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “I think we have had a very successful campaign so far — From our announcement, through whistle stops across Jamaica, through to a really professionally executed and well attended launch event in Mandeville,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, July 27, 2019 12:22:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting added : “I am really encouraged by everything that has happened so far. I really want to acknowledge my team, not just the team in the room here with me… but literally the hundreds and thousands of Comrades who have taken it on as their own, and sometimes I feel they are running ahead of us in terms of organising, in terms of their enthusiasm, their passion and their commitment,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, July 27, 2019 12:22:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Andrew South ) : “I think South West St Andrew is one of the strongest seats, both in terms of the PNP's margin and in terms of the group and delegates' strength. So obviously I really welcome that support,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, July 27, 2019 11:21:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “This is about replacing the leader and giving the PNP a strong chance to win the next election,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, July 27, 2019 11:21:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting told : “As we move into the delegate-engagement stage as we are now, we are now into sort of classroom-style, with delegates from dozens from constituencies across Jamaica. I am really encouraged by everything that has happened so far,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, July 27, 2019 9:26:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “I am comfortable that we can exceed the minimum number of candidates needed to win, but we are not going to get complacent. There are still quite a few weeks to get to September 7, and we will be working every day, diligently, to engage delegates to make the case to them and to ensure that, come the evening of September 7, I will have a happy birthday,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, July 27, 2019 9:26:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Peter Phillips ) : “Since becoming president, he [Dr Phillips], has not implemented a single transformational initiative within the party, and is just not seen as the right person for this time” External link

stabroeknews Friday, July 26, 2019 3:10:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Peter Phillips ) : “There is also a growing acceptance/resignation in the general public and amongst various stakeholder groups, including party membership and supporters, civil society, and private sector leadership that the PNP under Dr Peter Phillips’s leadership cannot defeat the JLP [Jamaica Labour Party] in a general election,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, July 26, 2019 3:10:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “How can you say that is, without question, a very effective tool when murders for the comparative period last year compared with this year are up 21.5 per cent?” External link

sunstkitts Thursday, July 18, 2019 1:42:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting argued : “A lot of that construction, the only benefit the local economy is getting is a few flagmen and truck drivers, because it is happening in a very closed, enclave-type environment, where all the engineers, all the equipment and things come from just a few people,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 16, 2019 9:50:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “We need to make it easy for people to join the People's National Party, not hard. We still using some 1938 approaches which say when you join, you pay money, and you must be on probation for seven months. I don't see that relevant today. As a man join the party you welcome him and you give him some work to do and you put him out there in the field and you say, 'Welcome to the family of the People's National Party',” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, July 10, 2019 8:57:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “That is what democracy is about and that is what we are promoting. But ultimately it is to make the party be an attractive government and be able to not only win an election, but win an election and bring policies to the fore and implement policies that are going to make a difference in the lives of the Jamaican people,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, July 10, 2019 8:57:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Peter Phillips ) : “Since becoming president, he [Dr Phillips], has not implemented a single transformational initiative within the party, and is just not seen as the right person for this time” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, July 7, 2019 9:05:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Michael Manley ) : “It's as if Michael is alive and sitting with us here today, noting our challenges. I thank all of you for listening to me. I hope you have been inspired as I have been for being reminded through Truth Be Told of the significant work and contributions of Michael Manley to Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, July 7, 2019 8:25:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “When it came to 1993, they said for the first time ever he (Michael Manley) actually came to Lionel Town and campaigned on a platform against Hugh Shearer because he said his time had come. I then was the youngest candidate at 32, he was the oldest in that batch at 67 and the rest is history,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, July 7, 2019 8:25:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting noted : “We won it in 1993 by almost 1,500 votes,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, July 7, 2019 8:25:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting told : “will inject a sense of purpose into the party and will energise the base and will make us more competitive electorally. That is my intention and I think we are moving in that direction,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, July 7, 2019 8:25:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “The response has been very positive, not just with delegates but with the voting public generally.We are very encouraged. We are taking nothing for granted. We are not being complacent. We are going out; we are meeting with delegates in as many communities across Jamaica. But we are not just meeting with delegates because we want to hear from the general public as well. And we are going to incorporate their input into our platform; we are having our launch on the 14th, and we are continuing the momentum from there,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, July 7, 2019 8:25:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting recalled : “People say to me, ‘let me carry you to visit an old lady or an old gentleman. Dem roof leaking.’ And this was a party stalwart, and you could help feel sad, embarrassed, or whatever, because this person was always, in their youth, running up and down with every PNP motorcade and working,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 5, 2019 8:34:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “It’s really digital media that we focus on, so, yes, Facebook; yes, Instagram; yes, Twitter, but we’re also making use of the other platforms,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, July 4, 2019 9:05:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Mark Golding ) : “Mark [Golding], as chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC), can catalogue a number of wrong decisions. A wall that the National Works Agency (NWA) would build for $29 million at Petrojam is just stopped, and a contract for more than three times the price was given by emergency procurement,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 3, 2019 10:19:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “Given all that has happened, one is forced to conclude that the real motivation was to loot the company, within or outside. I draw a line clearly that politicians must stay away from taxpayers’ funds ... ,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 3, 2019 10:19:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Mark Golding ) : “Mark [Golding], as chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC), can catalogue a number of wrong decisions. A wall that the National Works Agency (NWA) would build for $29 million at Petrojam is just stopped, and a contract for more than three times the price was given by emergency procurement,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 3, 2019 9:09:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “Given all that has happened, one is forced to conclude that the real motivation was to loot the company, within or outside. I draw a line clearly that politicians must stay away from taxpayers’ funds ... ,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 3, 2019 9:09:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “I was security minister at a time of extreme fiscal tightness. I never had more than $2 billion of a capital budget in any year. This year the capital budget is over $20 billion; 10 times what I had. Each year it has increased; last year it was $12 billion, for example,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 2, 2019 9:07:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “The difference is that they (the Government) have decided that the suppression-of-crime approach is what they are doing. They are suspending people’s rights; they are doubling the size of the army,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 2, 2019 9:07:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “If you look at history, it’s interesting; when the Old Harbour bypass, which is now part of the East/West Highway, was built, a lot of work was done in two constituencies – South West St Catherine and South East Clarendon. In the election after that, we lost both of those constituencies,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 2, 2019 9:07:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting argued : “A lot of that construction, the only benefit the local economy is getting is a few flagmen and truck drivers, because it is happening in a very closed, enclave-type environment where all the engineers, all the equipment and things come from just a few people,” “There are no linkages back into the local economy. In fact, it is hurting the local businesses,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 2, 2019 9:07:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “I think it is a misplaced priority. Maybe you could increase the size of the JDF by 25 per cent … it could have used beefing up. But, that’s a military force. They are not primarily designed or trained for policing. Yes, we have used them in support of policing, but that’s not their primary training,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 2, 2019 9:07:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Peter Phillips ) : “The word is love. We are on the same side. We are in a contest now and in that contest we are opponents, but in the bigger contest we are colleagues, and I only have the best regards towards Dr Phillips. There is absolutely going to be no disrespect and no personal attacks, or anything of the sort in our campaign,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, July 2, 2019 8:19:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting added : “Yes, we had to justify why the challenge had to be made because there is not a long tradition of challenges, so there must be a clear justification for the challenge,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, July 2, 2019 8:19:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting declared : “We can't allow this drift, this malaise in the party to continue, otherwise we are going to a certain defeat … and so we are now convinced that it was the correct thing to do. The people are responding on the ground (and) we are getting encouragement everywhere we go,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, July 2, 2019 8:19:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “It’s not for want of the opposition members in Parliament taking on the issue.In fact, I have commented a couple times in the PAC (Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee) that I know the public must have Petrojam fatigue, but there is just so many scandals. Every rock you look under, there’s another one,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 1, 2019 9:27:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “One Petrojam or one Ministry of Education, or a CMU (Caribbean Maritime University) could bring down a government, but the fact that it isn’t, I think we shouldn’t just blame the public and say, ‘How they allow this to happen?’” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 1, 2019 9:27:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “They say the PNP doesn’t have any coherent message, the PNP’s organisation is focused more on squabbling between councillors and MPs, there is a lack of trust in the leadership, the party is seen as arrogant and taking the electorate for granted. These were the four things that were identified in the appraisal report,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 1, 2019 9:27:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “If I was a member of the public, I can see probably just becoming frustrated, because the JLP administration has not by any means lived up to its promises. But on the other hand, when they look at the PNP, they perhaps don’t see any clear difference, they don’t see a lot of energy in the organisation. For whatever reason the leader is not appealing to them, so I can only conclude that those are the reasons,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 1, 2019 9:27:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting told : “I am not concerned about Central Manchester. I know that I have put in the work, I have established a solid track record delivering their jobs, quality high-school spaces, and I think when we did a poll after the 2011 election, something like 80 per cent of the constituents were satisfied with my performance as MP, so I’m not concerned on that side,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 1, 2019 9:27:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting argued : “The first seat I ran for in South East Clarendon had never been won by the PNP in history, and if I was concerned with safe seats, I wouldn’t have chosen that and I brought it home for the PNP for the first time and I retained it as campaign manager, even though I didn’t run the second time,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 1, 2019 9:27:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting added : “elections are won in the battleground seats and so I don’t shy away from that, and I think the fact that I had a battleground seat in 2011 made me a much more effective general secretary, because I understood what it would take to win the battleground seats and it was our most successful election in a long time where we got a landslide” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 1, 2019 9:27:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Danville Walker ) : “They threw everything, including the kitchen sink, at me with Danville Walker. We brought it home with a bigger margin in the last election where the swing was against the PNP again – more than doubled my margin,” “So, I believe that the example that I have set where, instead, if you coming with some established competencies from the private sector, it is not to go and look for a safe seat, because if everybody is running down the safe seats, then the party will be in Opposition for a very long time” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 1, 2019 9:27:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting told : “The last three years has been painful as far as I am concerned. In my statement when I announced my decision to challenge for the leadership, I said there has really not been a single transformational initiative for the party or even in terms of policy platform that we put to Parliament. This is not the PNP that I started in,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 30, 2019 9:14:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “You have a set of circumstances presented to you, and you go from day to day responding tactically. But that’s not the role of the PNP. The party has always been the architect of change in Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 30, 2019 9:14:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “The determination to transform the party into something that is fit for purpose for contemporary challenges, something that will be able to be the catalyst and demonstrate a government in waiting, form part of the reason for the challenge,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 30, 2019 9:14:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “Uncertainty can be debilitating for a political movement, and an undeclared campaign is already starting to develop in social media and amongst party members. For good order and transparency, it is best that this speculation be put to rest as soon as possible,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, June 18, 2019 8:16:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting argued ( about Peter Phillips ) : “There is also a growing acceptance/resignation in the general public and amongst various stakeholder groups, including party membership and supporters, civil society, and private sector leadership that the PNP, under Dr Peter Phillips's leadership, cannot defeat the JLP in a general election. This will have negative consequences for voter support, organisational energy, and party/campaign funding,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 17, 2019 9:48:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Peter Phillips ) : "There is also a growing acceptance/resignation in the general public and amongst various stakeholder groups including Party membership and supporters, civil society and private sector leadership, that the PNP under Dr. Peter Phillips’ leadership cannot defeat the JLP in a general election," External link

jamaica-star Monday, June 17, 2019 8:51:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “Since becoming president, he has not implemented a single transformational initiative within the party and is just not seen as the right person for this time,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, June 13, 2019 8:06:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Michael Manley ) : “The party, as Michael Manley would say, cannot become just a manager of a set of givens,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, June 11, 2019 9:23:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “This is the party that has to be the architect of change to 'jook' and prod... for poor people. It is not enough to say that employment is increasing. Being a windscreen wiper or part-time vendor may be better than nothing, but that is not providing a liveable wage for people,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, June 11, 2019 9:23:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “This was a seat that was represented by (the JLP's Sir Alexander Bustamante), [and] for 27 years by Hugh Shearer. Michael Manley knitted his brow and asked, why that seat?” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, June 11, 2019 9:23:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting told : “That is not what ambitious people do; they would go look for a safe seat,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, June 11, 2019 9:23:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting told : “I have, up to today, never contested for any position I have had in the People’s National Party. So who want to say it is ambition driving this Comrade can talk whatever they want, but there is no evidence to support that,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 10, 2019 9:04:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “Uncertainty can be debilitating for a political movement, and an undeclared campaign is already starting to develop in social media and amongst party members. For good order and transparency, it is best that this speculation be put to rest as soon as possible,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 10, 2019 8:56:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting argued : “However, since becoming [PNP] president, he has not implemented a single transformational initiative within the party and is just not seen as the right person for this time,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 9, 2019 9:19:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “Since our party's East Portland by-election loss, there has been increasing speculation about both the desirability and the likelihood of a leadership of the PNP,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 9, 2019 8:45:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “We know the prime minister had taken a trip to Israel two years ago with his national security adviser, and two years' time we still can't hear what that trip was about. But what we now hear is that Israeli firms are providing cyber security capability to the Government,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 2, 2019 8:47:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting told : “This is software that can... be used to infect the phone... read your WhatsApp messages, and reveal what is on your phone. So essentially, they use your phone to spy on you...,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 2, 2019 8:47:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting added : “What it shows, Mister Chairman, is that we can’t just take the figures on face value because, to be honest with you, [I was] impressed that Petrojam was able to keep the cost down to $4,800 a head … . [Approximately] $39,000 per head is a lot different from $4,800 per head, ” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 29, 2019 10:18:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “We have seen where the country is suffering from what I would call Petrojam fatigue. Too much of it,” “I almost feel apologetic to go back to Parliament, go back to the Public Accounts Committee, and keep hammering away, not at the same thing, but at more and more examples of corruption,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 27, 2019 9:13:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “That is our job, that is our responsibility. If we don't do it, we would be dropping our hands on the work, and we not doing that. (Those who are) tired of hearing about Petrojam, corruption every week, don't blame the Opposition, blame those who were tiefing. Blame those who were corrupt; blame those who were promoting their friend and company, that's who you must blame, not the Opposition...,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 27, 2019 9:13:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “I made my position clear (to the PNP executive), that for me it was a matter of conscience, because I sincerely believed that the way it (state of emergency) was being used was unconstitutional, and no one asked me to change my position. So it was not a surprise to anybody,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 23, 2019 9:13:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting argued : “Yet we had much better results than this JLP Administration is getting, (and) we had no states of emergency... I am not saying that we got (crime) to the level where it needed to be; I am saying we were getting much better results than we are seeing now,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 23, 2019 9:13:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “We pointed that out last year when they called a state of emergency. For the first few months it had an impact, but by month four or five it had started to taper off. And by the second half of the year, it was having no further impact at all,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 23, 2019 9:13:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Norman Manley ) : “The young people today don’t have much interest in us telling them what Norman Manley did, and what Michael did, and what P.J. did, and what Portia did,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 22, 2019 9:49:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “They seemed to have been able to get information that Petrojam’s team was unable to get,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 22, 2019 9:49:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “We know the prime minister had taken a trip to Israel two years ago with his national security adviser, and two years' time we still can't hear what that trip was about. But what we now hear is that Israeli firms are providing cybersecurity capability to the Government,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 21, 2019 9:03:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “This is software that can... be used to infect the phone... read yuh WhatsApp messages, and reveal what is on your phone. So essentially, they use your phone to spy on you...,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 21, 2019 9:03:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “I am telling you, if we couldn't trust them with Petrojam, if we couldn't trust them with NESOL, if we couldn't trust them at Ministry of Education... why do we feel we can trust them with the very privacy of what is on our cellphones? Not me, I not trusting them... I am giving notice now. We (political opposition) going to start asking some very hard questions about this Israeli spying capability that is being acquired... and to make sure it is not going to be used on the citizens of Jamaica in a way to violate our privacy, and in a way to frustrate the democracy which we have worked so hard for in this country...,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 21, 2019 9:03:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Norman Manley ) : “The young people today don’t have much interest in us telling them what Norman Manley did, and what Michael did, and what P.J. did, and what Portia did,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, May 13, 2019 10:02:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting stated : “A volunteer army will always be a mercenary army, because that is what the JLP has – an army of mercenaries,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, May 13, 2019 10:02:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting explained : “What this describes is an armed rebellion or a State under siege, or at least a defined group taking or planning some serious concerted action,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 13, 2019 9:29:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “If we redeploy that water infrastructure to supply these communities it would be transformational,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 13, 2019 9:29:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting insisted : “On the face of it, it appears fraudulent,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 9, 2019 9:34:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “When the original phase was opened or put on the market, the understanding given to the purchasers then was that I think it was within two years that (NWC) potable water would have been available in the scheme. We are six years down the road and still no water,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, April 14, 2019 9:26:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting argued : “This is where we get a collapse of the supposed separation between policy and operations. The minister is the policy leader of the ministry, but when his personal assistant is inserted into the operational agencies as a director and is passing things on, which are interpreted as an instruction, then this is where good governance breaks down. That's why we have a permanent secretary in the ministries, because they're the accounting officers in charge of the administrative side of the ministry,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 10, 2019 9:41:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “Their review of the Department of Cooperatives and Friendly Societies’ records, updated to October 2018, showed no evidence that either citizens’ association was registered,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 3, 2019 10:39:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting argued : “After one year, there were still no cases built against them that they could be charged. So I’m not sure that justification still stands up because you had a chance to prove it last year, and I’m not aware of any of these organised crime cases being put together during that opportunity,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 14, 2019 11:14:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting charged : “Me want unnu to look out for the big trousers man. Those who ate the US$1,000 topsy-turvy cake going to come here and offer East Portlanders the crumbs from the cake,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 4, 2019 11:32:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “It's been two years now I have been begging the NWA; I have been begging the Road Safety Unit to do something at these two points where our children are at risk and they have done nothing. I think the time for reasonableness has expired now. I think we will have to get much more militant, much more strident... My representation on behalf of these children is going to go to another level,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 25, 2019 9:32:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “I want the prime minister to explain whether there was such a valuation and to explain the destruction of value between 2017 and 2018 under their watch,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 20, 2019 8:36:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “These answers are just attempts at obfuscation and delay,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, February 5, 2019 9:49:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting contended : "This has been a flawed and corrupt exercise. More than 1,500 Jamaicans have been murdered so far this year and it may well be over 1,600 murders at year end," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 6, 2017 9:13:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : "I had really anticipated that the National Security Minister would have come here with a humble and contrite heart, instead he has come wrong and strong," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 6, 2017 4:36:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Centre ) : "Some of these patients, who really require therapeutic mental health treatment, have been languishing in Tower Street [Adult Correction Centre] for decades," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, November 1, 2017 8:47:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : "I must say that I am a little disappointed in the fact that none of the four units, specifically to ensure the separation of juveniles from adults in lock-ups, are operational, as they did not reach the required standards," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 20, 2017 10:07:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Force ) : "Bridgeport was actually handed over to the Jamaica Constabulary Force, but shortly thereafter, it had to be closed. This is very disappointing," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 20, 2017 10:07:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : "From an escalating violence and murder point of view, they feel that they have been improperly tainted and they were all quite clear on that," "They were all very certain that, from the original numbers that were announced, that that was vastly inaccurate ... it is unfair to them and I completely understand their views" External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 18, 2017 9:15:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : "I see a picture by ZOSO communications on Twitter of two board guns, them call it success - 'We have discovered two home-made weapons'. yet, when I look at the police statistic that they issue, they don't recognise them because is two fake guns. Is two piece of board paste up together and that is not a gun, so it don't even count on the police statistics as two guns recovered, but yet it is a big song and dance on Twitter feed," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 13, 2017 9:32:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting added : "Fairness and natural justice demand that past FLA members whose reputations are being tarnished be given access to the files in question to be able to first identify the case, as well as defend and justify their decisions" External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, August 22, 2017 11:35:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Association ) : "There were no new allegations contained in the episode of 'Probe', but merely a collection of concerns previously aired by either members of the Master Builders Association or indeed, Mr Clifton Yap, who is chairman of the Jamaican Institute of Architects' College of Fellows," "I hope this marks the beginning of a necessary public debate on the appropriate level of engagement by foreign governments (or their state-owned enterprises) around which a national consensus can be forged" External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, August 12, 2017 9:24:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : "Fifty-five years of our independence from Britain, many Jamaicans are concerned that we are once again undergoing a new form of colonialism - a form of economic colonialism by Chinese operating in Jamaica," External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, August 10, 2017 8:17:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : "There is no effective regulation of these Chinese companies. Their records. are kept in Mandarin, Tax Administration [of Jamaica], and the audit department has no effective way of telling what is used on one project versus another [and] if workers are moving between companies, etc," External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, August 10, 2017 8:17:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : "That was far from the truth," External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 31, 2017 5:27:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting argued : "MOCA cannot investigate. innuendos; it can only investigate allegations of criminal or corrupt conduct" External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, July 30, 2017 9:22:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting added : "The entire board needs to resign and the issuance of new licences suspended while this investigation is taking place" External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, July 30, 2017 9:22:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : "Just as how you have an epidemic of flu or an epidemic of Zika, public-health specialists treat violence as an epidemic, and the interesting thing is that just as with an epidemic of flu or cholera or any contagious disease, the greatest predictor of a case of violence is a previous case of violence," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 25, 2017 1:02:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting noted : "We recognised that violence was an outcome of the failure and weaknesses of many different levels of the society and that it would take a multidisciplinary or multisectoral approach to tackle it," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 25, 2017 1:02:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : "We introduced, when I was minister, a construction internship with the JDF Engineering Regiment, where we identified at-risk youth and got into a one-year programme where they would be learning construction skills. In fact, they would get hard certification at the end of it," "More than just the construction skills, they were being supervised by soldiers, picking up critical success factors of punctuality, discipline, self- and impulse control, which made them marketable" External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 1, 2017 8:42:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting told : "That has been tried over and over again from the '80s coming right up. I don't agree with that. I believe that you can be strong on crime and also strong on human rights," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, January 29, 2017 11:15:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting added : "There has been all these special police squads, the Suppression of Crimes Act ... and my view is that things like those just don't work," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, January 29, 2017 11:15:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : "What Mr Boyne said reflects a level of frustration, which I understand, but we've been there before," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, January 29, 2017 11:15:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : "Scoring a sound bite ends up being just a distraction because whether he was serious or not, it makes him look like he is not," External link

jamaica-star Tuesday, January 24, 2017 7:20:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : "I hope that he made that statement from a comedic value. He was trying to get a forward or a laugh from the audience. I really sincerely hope that he was not serious," External link

jamaica-star Tuesday, January 24, 2017 7:20:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : "The public looks for a minister of national security to be a fairly sober person. Not saying you have to be boring and you can't make a joke or something like that, but they expect that when you speak, it comes from a very considered position," "I don't think the current minister impresses the public with the likelihood of him speaking from informed position. It seems much more off the cuff and what will get a laugh or a forward from the particular audience" External link

jamaica-star Tuesday, January 24, 2017 7:20:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said : “I think we have lost some amount of focus from the policy level in the change of administration,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 24, 2017 11:54:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting added : “If we bought new vehicles, we could have had 80 to 100 already delivered with a ninemonth lead time. So there is really no excuse, to my mind, other than administrative bungling and a lack of focus,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 24, 2017 11:54:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : "Since the start of this year, by the official police statistics, murders are up over 50 per cent and shootings are up over 80 per cent," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 24, 2017 8:51:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said : "We have not started the year well and I think the concern that many of us have is that 2016 was not an aberration but signalling a trend to a higher rate of murders," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 24, 2017 8:51:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting argued : "In an environment of scarce resources, a big part of the requirement of a policy leader is to stay focused and to always be spending time and using influence in areas where it will have the highest impact," "Frankly, in my opinion, he seems misplaced. I don't think his skill set is best suited for that position. I think he has a lot of talent as a politician, but there are horses for courses, and I don't think his skill set is best suited for the Ministry of National Security" External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 24, 2017 8:51:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting assuré : "Le vote de cette loi ne signifie pas la suppression de tout cadre en ce qui concerne la culture, le transport, la vente et l'export de ganja" External link

huffingtonpost-fr-fr Wednesday, February 25, 2015 9:28:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting disse : "É significativo porque começa a corrigir a criminalização ao longo de décadas de dezenas de milhares de jamaicanos, em sua maioria homens negros jovens, pela posse de um pequeno baseado" External link

afp-portugues Wednesday, February 25, 2015 8:14:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
mp5.14%EN12/06/201706/12/2017
spokesman3.93%EN09/19/201719/09/2017
national security minister43.20%EN08/18/201718/08/2017
security minister15.71%EN08/18/201718/08/2017
minister7.85%EN08/18/201718/08/2017
member0.91%EN04/12/201712/04/2017
former security minister0.91%EN03/21/201721/03/2017
general secretary9.06%EN02/06/201706/02/2017
secretary6.04%EN02/06/201706/02/2017
rival0.60%EN02/06/201706/02/2017
aspirant0.30%EN12/14/201614/12/2016
challenger0.60%EN12/13/201613/12/2016
businessman0.60%EN12/06/201606/12/2016
colleague0.30%EN09/28/201628/09/2016
observer0.60%EN07/24/201624/07/2016
leader0.30%EN06/27/201627/06/2016
national security spokesperson0.30%EN06/27/201627/06/2016
spokesperson0.30%EN06/21/201621/06/2016
ministre0.91%FR02/27/201527/02/2015
national security minister0.91%SA09/09/201409/09/2014
commissioner of police0.91%EN03/11/201411/03/2014
responsable0.30%ES03/11/200911/03/2009
vicepresidenta0.30%ES06/16/200816/06/2008
Names Lang Count
Peter BuntingEN97.80%
Peter BuntingFR0.59%
Peter BuntingPT0.59%
Peter BuntingES0.44%
Peter BuntingSA0.29%
PETER BUNTINGEN0.15%
PETER BuntingEN0.15%


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Donovan Mitchell said ( about Peter Bunting ) : “I supported Peter Bunting and after everything was closed, I was asked to serve as campaign manager for the parish of Manchester. They could have found another person that supported Dr Phillips. I don't think there is any victimisation. The problem is that one must recognise that when you are elected to serve people, you must stay with the people, and do the work that the people have asked you to do with whatever limited resources you have. Once you stay with the people, you will always have the people with you,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, July 10, 2020 8:59:00 AM EAT

Peter Phillips said ( about Peter Bunting ) : “Comrade Peter Bunting led an intense and spirited challenge. I give him my respect and I salute him,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 23, 2019 4:45:00 AM EAT

Peter Phillips said ( about Peter Bunting ) : “Comrade Bunting and I held a first meeting yesterday [Tuesday] at which we discussed a number of issues and we reaffirmed our commitment to cooperate fully for the success of the People's National Party,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, September 12, 2019 9:07:00 AM EAT

Norman Hoare said ( about Peter Bunting ) : “Maybe if there was a vacancy, or if Bunting had challenged when there was a vacancy, it would have been different. But since there is not a vacancy, I don't support something like that, whether in the past or in the future. So it's not a personalised thing with Mr Bunting. It's just my own personal position. I think that if a president is not performing, then the party needs to get together and ask that person to improve or step down. But it has to be the party coming together, and the party can do it,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, September 1, 2019 9:00:00 AM EAT

Fenton Ferguson told ( about Peter Bunting ) : “I am confirming that I will support Comrade Peter Bunting in the election to determine who leads the People's National Party next month,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, August 11, 2019 8:23:00 AM EAT

Fenton Ferguson said ( about Peter Bunting ) : “Unquestionably, Phillips has performed solidly in his ministerial responsibilities, in particular his foundational role in setting the country on an irreversible path of macro-economic stability. That is laudable. At the same time it must be recognised, to the party's credit, that these are two excellent candidates for leadership at this time. On the one hand you have Phillips, a man who has excelled not only at the ministerial level, but importantly as a party functionary — critically in his role as general secretary. Bunting, too, was an exceptional general secretary and a path-breaking minister, but importantly, a Comrade who has risen from a working class background — farming – to be a definite leader in the financial sector,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, August 11, 2019 8:23:00 AM EAT

Fenton Ferguson said ( about Peter Bunting ) : “Having done the analysis, I am clear that I have made the correct decision that Peter Bunting is the right choice at this time for president of the People's National Party. So, we rise united,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, August 11, 2019 8:23:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Peter Bunting ) : “I believe the party must put itself in the best position to win. Under the leadership of Peter Bunting, a proven winner, the PNP will do just that,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, July 14, 2019 9:30:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Peter Bunting ) : "Under the leadership of Peter Bunting, a proven WINNER, the PNP will do just that," External link

jamaica-star Monday, June 17, 2019 8:51:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Peter Bunting ) : “I believe the party must put itself in the best position to win. Under the leadership of Peter Bunting, a proven winner, the PNP will do just that,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 10, 2019 9:04:00 AM EAT

Morais Guy said ( about Peter Bunting ) : "The fact is that the matter is something that Mr Bunting has clearly investigated and there are some issues and concerns ... but they are allegations - he has nothing to substantiate [them]," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, August 15, 2017 7:58:00 AM EAT