Reacting to the declaration by PN leader Lawrence Gonzi that all PN candidates were screened before they were approved to contest the coming election on the PN ticket, Franco Debono asks: “Screened for what? – For drug trafficking? For unprofessional behaviour with patients? For treating patients while drunk? For the abusive issuing of medical certificates? For what? Can Gonzi tell us?”
Debono also asks: “Can Gonzi tell us how did Dolores Cristina lose the Family Ministry and what screening was carried out on Stephen Spiteri?
Spiteri has been approved as a PN candidate on the 2nd District. In 2011 Spiteri missed 81% of parliamentary sittings. For many years he did not bother to declare his assets. His links to Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi guaranteed him a seat in parliament when he contested for the first time in 2008. He was the last to be elected on his district.
He defended his poor attendance by saying: “I cannot afford to climb all those stairs (the Palace staircase leading to the House of Representatives) just for two minutes to say ‘hello’ and leave. During that time I can do more important things: be it politics, my medical profession or other things.”
He also said that he would be ready to sacrifice more of his time to his parliamentary duties if he gets a better pay as at the moment he has to work as a medical doctor to bring in the money. He defended the €500 weekly rise for ministers although he was not sure that the timing was right.
Dr Spiteri’s behaviour was also criticised last year by Government MP Jean Pierre Farrugia even though he did not mention him by name.
Dr Stephen Spiteri had also said that his conscience was telling him to vote ‘No’ to divorce even though he has no qualms when it comes to parliamentary duties and certain aspects of his lifestyle.