Blackmoore ignores call to resign; says he has done nothing wrong

National Security Minister Rayburn Blackmoore

Embattled Minister for Justice, Immigration and Labour, Rayburn Blackmoore, who is at the centre of accusations of alleged gross moral misconduct and abuse of his power as Minister for Justice, among others, has brushed aside calls for his resignation as a government minister.

At a media press conference held by his ministry, Blackmoore was asked to respond to those allegations which, after going viral, have become the topic of much discussion in Dominica.

“Whosoever diggeth a pit shall fall [and] bury in it…the fact that I am a public figure  and every public figure is exposed to public scrutiny, does not mean that one can trample on my good name and defame my character,” Blackmoore responded.

Blackmoore, in an earlier release, said he had filed “a criminal libel complaint to the police” to investigate the matter.

When asked by the press to give details of his complaint to the police, he had this to say: “I cannot direct the police as to what to do and their investigations. As a citizen, I have a right to protect my name and my family. A report has been made to the police about criminal libel.”

He continued, “It’s funny how people can be so simplistic as to how they appreciate and analyze issues. Jesus Christ was crucified and buried and rose again on the third day. Those who crucified him, he said, ‘come meet me; I’m your Saviour.”

He shrugged off calls for his resignation.  “You resign if you have done something wrong and have abused your authority. I am one person who has walked the straight track and the rule of law and will do so till I die. I can’t tell people what to do…If that causes the person to be happy, then one love,” he stated.

“I am a very focused individual and will not speak on gutter politics. There is a way to deal with people who falsify and fabricate people’s name and [I] won’t waste my energy on childish and devilish intentions,” the Justice minister declared.

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54 Comments

  1. JAH KAL
    January 8, 2019

    Dominicans why is not Blackmore arrested?

  2. d-a born
    January 8, 2019

    Blackmoore been going to the same barber since 2000…the man haircut never change :mrgreen:

    Just an observation, and it has nothing to do with the issue at hand lol

  3. Child of Itassi
    January 8, 2019

    “The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but, in the end, there it is.” Winston Churchill

  4. Truth
    January 8, 2019

    Where is the Dominica Christian Council? Where are the pastors and religious leaders? Where is the Women’s Bereau? Where are those who fighting for justice and standing up again violence? Any allegation of such magnitude should be taken seriously. Even the women in the Labour should ask for an investigation into the matter.. Because if such is not the truth well Mr Blackmore should take action. In the mean time please Mr Prime minister don’t u think enough is enough? To many allegations mon, you guys must alllll go away….

    • RandyX
      January 8, 2019

      They all stumm… They don’t want to upset their PM or any member of his regime. Dominica is a society of mainly spineless individuals!

  5. shrewd
    January 7, 2019

    Rayburn this distraction will go no till elections, if you really love the PM please submit your resignation and relieve him of asking you to resign. There is more to come in the story and it’s even more telling. You know in your heart it’s true. I remember Bill Clinton looking straight into a camera and saying ” i did not have sexual relations with that woman” and then the evidence was presented he admitted that he had lied. what you did is even more telling than Bill Clinton. please do not wait, resign now it will be more embarrassing later.

    • Gary
      January 8, 2019

      Do you know how silly you are with such a comment First of when you say quote “You know in your heart it’s true,” do you know how ludicrous that is, such a statement can only come from an irrational mind. Secondly, you cannot compare this with the Clinton saga. The incidents are not the same. Clinton case was based on morality and conduct, not a criminal act, in Blackmore case, a crime is alleged to have taken place. In Clinton case, you had a person admitting to the inappropriate behavior with Clinton. In Blackmoore case why hasn’t the victim come forward to make a public statement saying she was assaulted by Blackmoore. Is there any report made by the victim to the relevant authorities. Why didn’t the alleged victim go to the hospital after such a vicious crime, if she did there would be medical records proving such incident took place. Why should Blackmoore resign when he is not charged for anything. Where is the evidence to prove such an incident took place.

  6. Roseau
    January 7, 2019

    So Rayburn all of a suden you want to hide behind the coat-tails of your family ?? LOL ! So long we the memebrs of your extended family were telling you to curb your ways and come back to settle down with your real family but NO! you were too big to listen to us. So I find it very funny when I hear you crying out ” I have a family!” Is now you know that nor?
    You even find words in the Bible to repeat? Where were these words when we used to go to church and invite you? But No! You were too big to go to church with us. Now your tail is on fire you remember the Good Book! You always had to go to a meeting with your P.M . I hope he save you now! Anywyas all of all you covering for eachother so I don’t expect him to fire you.
    Your calling on the Bible reminds me of a guy we used to arrest for theft and he used to repeat again and again the Lord’s prayer everytime he was caught. Do the right thing and go quietly.
    I only mentioned your name because this Post is about you.

  7. Space
    January 7, 2019

    Before pointing fingers the opposition must first make sure their own hands are clean…calling for mister Blackmore’s resignation when there is a high ranking parliamentary opposition member who has been arrested and charged with a serious legal matter along the same lines as what mister Blackmore is being accused of…where are the calls for that opposition member to step down until he has been either acquitted or convicted?

    • Massacre
      January 7, 2019

      You must really be living in space! with your head so high above reality that you can’t comprehend the basic issues that are going on in Dominica.
      First of all Blackmore has not denied anything! Saying that he did not do anything wrong does not mean he acted correctly in an un-named allegation. I want him to tell us what matter did he not do any wrong in? He has never addressed the issues at hand! So we still do not know what it is he is denying!
      The Opposition is not the ones calling for him to resign. It is the people in his constituency. We want reputable representation .
      The opposition was not there or responsible for his alleged actions.
      All you too like to blame the opposition for DLP ministers malcasse’ ways.
      The opoosition did not buy tickets when some people went to Dubai and St. Lucia on vacation. So how can you guys even mention the opposition?
      It is time we hold our leaders to account for their actions.
      One of the Policemen who used to go to the house is my…

    • JBaptiste
      January 7, 2019

      Why do you people believe that when someone chastise or criticizes the government they are by default aligned to UWP? I say if Blackmoore is guilty, crucify him and likewise Joshua Francis. There must be an objective moral standard for all.

    • awah we
      January 8, 2019

      …sahkway cohshonee… if you walked straight… you think your name would be in this mess!!! Every wrong action in life has consequences, though matter how long it takes…consequences WILL come.

    • Chances
      January 8, 2019

      Helllo Space, this is not about politics and labour or uwp, this is an allegation of very very immoral and unlawful behaviour by a minister of government.. So you better keep your lil self quiet OK. Wrong is wrong no matter who does it.. And furthermore, to have the police service whose duty it is to protect n serve coil up in dat piece of nasty allegation is something for caricom, United Nations n other international groups who keeep an eye on good governance.. If that was in Trinidad, Jamaica, Barbados, you would hear the PM.. But as usual PM Skerritt must be calling on the goood lord.. Bring in international investigators because the local police name is around this serious allegation…….

  8. Justice for All
    January 7, 2019

    I feel for Honorable Blackmore. These allegations are wicked and frivolous
    How can someone hide under a blog name MITC and accuse Mr. Blackmore of serious hideous crimes . MITC needs to take out the mask and report these allegations to the Police. These allegations are just beff and RoRo until those accusing Mr. Blackmore can come forward and challenged him by reporting the matter to the police. MITC is a coward and is only out to cause harm to Mr. Blackmore
    This is unacceptable

    • viewsexpressed
      January 8, 2019

      Mr. Justice , know it all. So how do you feel of the child and the alleged crime and rape and abused? Is that what it is …? Then you must help to clean up this nonsense and get rid of your blind silly, stupid loyalty labour friends who has and continue to cripple and rape our island resources. That is your focus, go direct it where it belongs. . Go get rid of your failed and corrupt Skerrit and labour government. Wake and smell the coffee. Labour has put us Dominicans in a big mess. Skerrit and Labour must Go.

  9. Football coach or Minister?
    January 7, 2019

    Blackmore is a very good football player and the day he resigns or retires from politics I will hire him to coach my football team, so he could teach the young players how to kick the ball and score a goal. The man is so damn talented and has such a good left kick that he could play for Manchester United or any of the international football teams around the world. Blackmore is really wasting his time in politics because I can see how he could become either a superstar player or elite coach.

  10. Same old same old
    January 7, 2019

    Blackmore will not resign and Skerrit CANNOT fire him!

    • viewsexpressed
      January 8, 2019

      Same old….same old…….you are so right.

    • Watching
      January 8, 2019

      look comese in the cabal

  11. Man bites dogs
    January 7, 2019

    I always knew so-called lazy workers clowns were all two heads snakes, their man Joshua the powder spreader isn’t guilty to resign. But Mr Blackmoore is guilty and should resigh it doesn’t make sense to me but with those workers clowns what the hell do you espect!! Viewsexpressed here is a “jargon” for you. Apples never fall far from the tree, I notice from your writing you are a croupier.

    • viewsexpressed
      January 8, 2019

      Stop biting these innocent dogs, be humane in your talk and thinking. Go after Skerrit and his corru0t labour government. Go investigate the many bobol happening with the abuse of our states money. That is where your focus should be. e will Not be distracted by your on gong denials to protect a questionable PM and his failed corrupt Labour government. The Bin Bool, the Fertilizer bobol and the abuse of poor people with the Red Clinic Bobol. We will not be deterred by your hypocrisy and within the Civil service where I am it is called misadministration of stats funds and the taxes paid by all of us including us the civil servants. This man Skerrit is suited for this job, he has reduced to and our people to begging and desperate for his corrupted handouts. He mut go and if yo don’t get it, your too must go. Corrupt bandits out there, we must find them and clean them put of our government system. Put that in your early morning coffee and drink it. Skerrit must Go…Labour corrupt must…

    • Man bites dogs
      January 8, 2019

      Mr /Madam, Here we have below three of the most eccentric workers supporters dragons like belching out fire and a pack of lies like idiots thinking that we all have short memories of what that nasty and no good bunch of animals did to us never again we will not be fools to so-called Lennox workers party.

  12. Ibo France
    January 7, 2019

    The Skerrit-led regime is notorious for its banditry and corruption. Truth and honest is too bitter a poll to swallow for these ruling compulsive pack of liars. Liars cannot change, they just learn how to lie better. For Blackford to invoke the name of Jesus in his defence is tantamount to desecrating the Lord’s sacred name. The ruling outlaws are only obsessed with three (3) things, Money, Power and Sex. Everything else for them is inconsequential and disposable. This government will most definitely fall to pieces if the whole truth about their operations were to be exposed. That’s the reason the business of the government is shrouded in secrecy. Dominica needs a government that operates in sunlight. Sunlight is the best disinfection for corruption.

  13. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    January 7, 2019

    I am still unable to make any sense in the above statement.  It seem to me Blackmoore is indicating that he has instructed the police to investigate “him!”  

    If someone accuse me of something criminal; some crime I committed; if the allegations are not true; if I am innocent; I would have a clear case of libel. Hence that in a legal sense of the word is a civil mater; and if I wish to take action against the person who libel me; I could not go to the police and file a complaint.

    A civil matter is something which must be litigated in a civil court of law, therefore the police has nothing to do with civil matters. If someone bashed my head in which is a criminal offense, and someone beside me report the matter to the police; if I do not wish to take action against the perpetrator, the police can arrest the culprit, and and prosecute without my help!

    In a banana republic everything is different!

  14. JBaptiste
    January 7, 2019

    “Never believe anything,unless it has been publicly denied” anonymous quote.

  15. Legion
    January 7, 2019

    Blackmore talking about good name? Where? How? When? Lolololololololololol

  16. %
    January 7, 2019

    Preacher Blackmore!
    Pastor Blackmore!
    If night would turn to day a lot of corrupt DLP be politicians would run away ..
    Whosoever diggith a pit shall fall in it, bury in it ….Oh my! So many pits have been dug for opposition members by DLP. The opposition are evading the pits…See who f
    are falling in the pits!!!!
    Failure to resign,the electorate will resign you!

    • mine
      January 7, 2019

      what good for the goose is good for the gender Joshua should resign too.

    • U 2
      January 7, 2019

      % the two faced opposition leader, why were you arrested in Antigua.? Why did Counselor Astaphan had to represent You, I think the inmates are seeking the CXC exam and you should enroll. In the age of technology we cannot have a high school dropout as our PM

  17. Rawlston Pompey
    January 7, 2019

    IN HIS FAVOR

    Looked at with objectivity, likened to other persons accused of criminal wrongs, the National Security Minister has two things in his favor;

    (i) The prevailing constitutional ‘…presumption of innocence;’ and

    (ii) The maxim that states, ‘…He who asserts must prove.’

    Thus, no matter what the emotional public trials and verdicts may be, ‘…Blackmoore remains innocent until he is tried in a Court of law and, (a) …proved and found guilty or (b) … until he pleads guilty.’

  18. Anthony P. Ismael Minister of Free Pampers
    January 7, 2019

    Whosoever diggeth a pit shall bury in it.” You dug your pit and now you shall bury in it. Kinky Rabess “The Famous Red Man,” had a calypso with that title years ago. It’s amazing how time changes, yet it remains the same.

  19. truth2power
    January 7, 2019

    DNA,DNA,DNA,DNA

  20. viewsexpressed
    January 7, 2019

    Whosoever dig a pit shall fall bury in it…” You have been buried, your reputation questioned, and why, because as yo stated you are suppose to be this honourable political figure at the highest level, but it appear that it has been compromised. YO have to answer this sudden pointed fingers at you and people can ide but the truth cannot hide and will not hide. You have questions to answer, do the honourable thing , resign and apologise and ask for forgiveness. You so called Labour Ministers believed that you all and your actions and devious behaviour are excluded and protected form the law because you all are n government at the highest which has failed us the people of Domininca. Your leader Skerrit has failed us and kept us in poverty while high society government politicians appears to be extremely rich and with resources, financial and other wise to abuse and take advantage of poor struggling women and girls and families. This corrupt labour governed is stained and they must Go.

  21. Bob Denis
    January 7, 2019

    We might have more in the mottar than the pestle , crying out Jesus to defend their small-mindedness is what the mis-guided , mis-educated hold on too . Mr Blackmore comes across as very Brash with no Charisma , His hard core looks shows a man who will not be able to stand on his own , but prompted up , a liability i might say . After 18yrs as part of Governance , individuals like Mr Blackmore , takes for granted the things said and done . If what he is accuse of holds any water , the DLP should asked him to step down pronto . There might be well intended minds in Dominica , who are more adept in upholding and representing the LAW .

  22. Dog eat Dog
    January 7, 2019

    So you Jesus Christ now??…lol

    • Pipo
      January 7, 2019

      No,no. You want him to competennn with Skerrit then.

  23. Concerned Citizen
    January 7, 2019

    Come repair our roads in Canefield streets instead of talking nonsense about your family and defense. Need some donkeys to go up to Roger.

  24. %
    January 7, 2019

    Blackmore you sound like one groping in the dark .You should have run away from the press..
    I agree,whospever diggeth a pit shall fall in it,because DLP has dugged a myriad of pits, now they are falling in the very pits…
    S M
    S M G
    L S M G N

  25. carltymas
    January 7, 2019

    Oh my. This is not going to get any prettier. As the elections draw near, everyone, especially those of the current government is going to face the heat of some slander. Mr. Blackmoore, I urge you to take the necessary legal actions if this is not true because I do not see this going away any time soon or after the election is finalized.
    And I will repeat. Let us be careful in our haste not to expose any innocent people in such events such as alleged victims and their family and even the family of the person on which me make a claim. Let us take the proper steps in dealing with situations such as this that will not place innocent people at risk for public scrutiny and backlash. Let us be careful the road we tread in our political campaign and analyze how this may affect people, and Dominica.

  26. sure
    January 7, 2019

    And you may get away with it this time because there are no receipts. He said, She said. Police did not hear, did not see. What I know is, you won’t dare try that nonsense again because we’ll be watching.

  27. RandyX
    January 7, 2019

    Blackmoore, the honourable thing would be to resign but than again the word honourable is not included in the dictionary that the government of Dominica uses. In any case whether you resign or not doesn’t really matter, the electorate will show you the red card next election anyway. The last ounce of respect I had for the Skerrit regime is most certainly gone now. You guys are unbelievable!!!

  28. don2fresh
    January 7, 2019

    I remember the UWP saying innocent until proven guilty when it came to their own Mr. Francis. Up to a day like today, they claim his innocence, they even say negative things about the young victim, he is innocent in their eyes until he appears in a court of law and the court says that he is guilty. Well, let me say the same thing here for Mr. Blackmoore. File the suit, take the evidence and the victim to a lawyer to get charges filed. All I’m hearing is talk, let us present the facts to the court then. The last thing we want is to persecute an innocent man because of he say she say they claim, no?

    • Shipahoy
      January 7, 2019

      we all know the court is government so u know blackmore on top of things already. He innocent he inncent. And th crimes continues. Law makers law breakers. So sad. But God is above no one is above him. U will be above the law but not above God.

      • don2fresh
        January 9, 2019

        So in your own words, the law extended the same courtesies to Francis? You are also saying, the law; which is a lot of your uncles, aunties, nieces, nephews, daughters, sons, wives, husbands and friends, is unjust? Give me a break with that. It is unjust only when you all want to play the card. File the charge is what I say.

  29. Mahaut Constituency
    January 7, 2019

    I agree.

    Well said Mr. Blackmoore. – One Love –
    Dig your pit and may you fall in it.

    #BlackmooreforMahaut

  30. Neal
    January 7, 2019

    “that one can trample on my good name and defame my character,” Blackmoore what good name may I ask? If you are talking about you then it must be in your dreams. I for one, most and others cannot associate good name with Rayburn Blackmoore. You are not a nice person at all — we will leave it there………

  31. No name
    January 7, 2019

    There is no smoke without fire

    • National goal keeper
      January 7, 2019

      Blackmore should not resign until every member of the football team resigns. All of them are good ball players and therefore Blackmore alone should not be blamed for kicking the football straight to his goal keeper. Skerrit should promote Blackmore man

  32. LifeandDeath
    January 7, 2019

    Amen Blackmore. Innocent until proven guilty..but the allegations stand until you satisfy the public’s curiosity and work to exonerate your “good” name.
    The details are quite shocking and of course being a natural (possibly dishonest) man, the first instinct is self preservation, Men have lied for much less, so if at all it happened we would expect you to naturally lie about it first..No biggie, Truth will reveal.

  33. Frank N Stein
    January 7, 2019

    Tell Joshua resign first. Until we see evidence Blackmore stays put.

    • January 7, 2019

      You Frank N Stein, this present issue is not about Joshua, Joshua is Blessed, you need to go find yourself something productive to do and live station alone, you dough bag, this is just the tip of the iceberg, gone are the days, women need to speak up and expose the Frank N Steins, period

      • Space
        January 7, 2019

        And Blackmore must be cursed I guess…it seems u must be the one giving out blessings…whether he did it or not I don’t know but it is hypocritical of you workers to bring down fire and brimstone on Blackmore when everyone knows what Joshua has been charged with…didn’t mr Pinard do the honorable thing? Why can’t Joshua do the same?

    • viewsexpressed
      January 8, 2019

      You go deal with Skerrit and is Corrupt bunch of 18 blind, in denial so called ministers. What has these labour clowns done for Domininca lately? Sell our passports and no one knows of where the money s, or goes. So Frank N Stein, be frank with yourself and open your eyes we are now in 2019, and want the bool and poor governance stopped. So tell your Skerrit to get lost and go away.

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