To add insult to injury, commissioner of Finance, Joselito Statia was absent during the Island Council meeting during which the amendment was treated. While Pieters stated he could understand that the commissioner was absent due to sickness, he could not understand that the commissioner’s replacement, Nina den Heyer, was also absent.
In a weird political twist, the budget amendment was not only voted for by parties supporting the MPB-Bernabela coalition, but also 2 of Pieters’ colleagues within the opposition party Partido Demcratico Bonaireano (PDB). Both Robby Beukenboom and Marugia Janga voted in favor of the amended budget. The move adds fuel to rumors of a deep divide in the red party.