UWP nominee for IPO Commission ‘despicable’ – Astaphan


Senior Counsel Tony Astaphan has described as “despicable” the nomination and confirmation of the United Workers Party’s (UWP) media coordinator Dave Bruney to the Integrity in Public Office (IPO) Commission.

Bruney was nominated by Leader of the Opposition Hector John to serve on the Integrity Commission following the resignation of its former nominee Patrica Ingliss.

President Nicholas Liverpool has confirmed Bruney’s membership on the IPO Commission and according to UWP Leader Ron Green, Bruney “can make an excellent contribution to the Integrity in Public Office Commission and we believe he will do work for Dominica”.

But the appointment did not go down well with Astaphan who believe Bruney is not fit for the job. He has publicly described Bruney’s nomination as “another despicable act by the United Workers Party”. He said the procedure for Bruney’s appointment can be challenged in court.

Ingliss’ resignation took effect March 15, 2011.

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  1. BVI
    April 10, 2011

    What about that, i must admit that english is not my first language, i have been following everything on this site for a long time, tony is not the only dominican getting his as* whop, what about Lennox Trevor, Angelo, Eddie they are dominicans as well, also the Haitians all the nasty things being said about them, so please back off my shoulders, so happy to be out of this backward island, tony himself said a lot of dirty stuffs about people from the east who worked in his family establishment, his tongue is not that clean

    Fool me ones shame on you fool me twice shame on me, so tony ain’t going to fool me any more

    nuff said, you all van huff and puff but can’t blow down my brick house, excuse me, i’ve got language barrier, hahaha,

  2. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    April 9, 2011

    A colored person prejudice against another colored person – is the worst form of discrimination under the Sun!

    The behavior, and conduct of all those people who are criticizing Tony Astaphan, are simply displaying the Dominica, dog, eat dog mentality, none of their comments make sense, their sentiments are unrelated to the subject at hand.

    Some of you believe that a computer keyboard makes people smart, and give them knowledge, and empowerment to ridicule, and try to bring people down to your petty level, some of you should note if one is an idiot, and an unlearned (uneducated) person, it is likely you will use the keyboard, to expose your stupidity, as all of you have done in you hateful attack on Tony Astaphan.

    Like it or not the man is a player in Dominica’s politics, and regardless of what; I believe he is contributing to the welfare of Dominica in a lot of different ways in comparison to all you little weasels who are throwing insults at this man has contributed. As of last Thursday or there about, he called me; I was slow in answering my phone, I re-called him, only to find he was in a meeting in St. Kitts, conducting the business of our country.

    He was in a meeting with other legal professional, so in the event Tony needs a refresher course in law, perhaps the rests of his associates who was in the meeting that day with him need a refresher in law also.

    Now to this BVI person who suggest that Tony requires a refresher, I demand you disclose to your audience, when it is time for a practicing attorney to seek a refresher course in law, or go back to law School!

    You do not know how it works, you are just taalking, and I would be wasting my to try to enlighten, since I am aware you lack the capacity to understand, I discover that from your writing, so, I will not sweet it; I will save my efforts to deal with those of you who are going to throw your darts at me.

    It is distasteful to scan through the comment, and have to read the stupid comments contain in the threads; nothing that I read makes any sense whatsoever. Almost everyone refers to Tony Astaphan as an Arab, what makes you uneducated weasels believe Tony is an Arab!

    Tony Astaphan is Dominican born of Assyrian descent, Tony’s father Waddy Astaphan is Dominica born, so why attack our very own Son, and even if he came to live in Dominica, after five years, he would have the right to claim Dominica citizenship.

    Unfortunately in the British system, under the Common Law system which Dominica inherited, allows us to grant citizenship to those who came, and remains in Dominica for seven years, and even at that, we hold people hostage refusing to grant them citizenship after they reside on the island fore more than seven years.

    Five years to the date I arrived in Califorina, I took the oath of allegiance, and my citizenship papers was handed to me. I walked out of there with the privileges as a native born American, the only job I cannot hold in the United States of America, is the Presidency!

    Those of you who are discriminating against Tony and calling him Arab, has never seen an Arab in you entire life, if you had you would not have thought that Tony is an Arab.

    And those of you who are from Wesley as I am, there are Arab who are darker in complexion than the people you see walking the village streets of Wesley.

    You people need to cut you ignorant baloney out!

    Tony will not defend himself here, but he who wishes to rumble with me, bring it on let’s Rock – N- Roll!

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

  3. dgree
    April 9, 2011

    :lol: :mrgreen: :oops: :-P 8) :cry: :-| :lol: 8-O :( :wink:

  4. Bapio!
    April 9, 2011

    Tony knows what he is talking about. Do your investigations. I am not a Tony Astaphan fan either and normally will not agree with him but he knows what he is talking about. We all know Tony’s skeletons because they are out there for us to see. TONY KNOWS WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT!

    • Looking in from the outside.
      April 10, 2011

      well it seem you know that Tony knows, therefore you too must know……well tell us nuh….otherwise do like Tony and hush!!

  5. PAT
    April 9, 2011


  6. Anonymous
    April 9, 2011

    Tony Astaphan is the dispecable bottom dwelling scum sucking puppet master. Destroyng the country by stirring up strive and division amongst the the population. God has a way of dealing with people like that.

  7. One Love
    April 8, 2011

    8-O Will someone please INFORM Mr Asstaphan that elections is over??

  8. Looking in from the outside.
    April 8, 2011

    Who or What the hell is this A$$taphans?
    It’s time he shut his mouth and let people do their jobs.

    chooops man.
    I am just fed up with all this crap. And i am sure majority of Dominican’s
    are fed up as well.

  9. Sphynx
    April 8, 2011

    Please do not attack the man on his origin.if he is arab you are african andthe kalinago nation could tell you to move.reason on why Tony disagree.let’s be logique.some of us support blindly.

  10. 123
    April 8, 2011

    WHY IS IT THAT ANY GARBAGE THAT COMES FROM THIS MAN’S MOUTH IS CONSIDERED NEWS? He is not government’s press secretary, he is not the PolicE Commissioner, he is not a High Court Judge. As far as I am concerned he is NOTHING, treat him as such and IGNORE HIS RAMBLINGS!

    • anonymous
      April 8, 2011

      you don’t seem to beable to IGNORE HIS RAMBLINGS! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  11. Porsha-Spice
    April 8, 2011

    Tony pas feb papa to use de word “despicable” in that context. One of the definitions of despicable is: worthless or obnoxious enough to rouse moral indignation. He doh find when Ms. Porshurrrrrrr had scaled de tall wall to fight with de gurl is a better example of “despicable?” Such a disgrace to educated people, with his continuous insultive remarks about people. Tony must stop dat!

  12. Bwa Shess
    April 8, 2011

    That’s indirectly dissing the Prezz…. saying he confirms “despicable” people….an apology must be demanded.

  13. G's up
    April 8, 2011

    i believe the head of the IPO should be impartial, but the other members should be legally able to habour any political view they like. I mean in all those US commissions and inquests into corruption and/ or scandals or why something failed ( like why the economy failed, how wallstreet made the US economy collapse and if bush knew about a possible 9/11 attack) the committees inquiring are made up of known democrats and known republicans… it aint some random people like in a court jury, its people who will ask the hard questions and people who will stand to benefit or suffer from the results of the findings.

  14. Irony
    April 8, 2011

    Well well well,It was not so long I heard Tony Astaphan talking about people having no respect for the Courts,no respect for the Government and no respect for the President. Now is it not President Nicholas Liverpool who confirmed Bruney’s membership on the IPO Commission according to his job. So why is Tony Astaphan now dsirespecting the office of the president and the President’s decision. People wake up. yes he is the best lawyer on Constitution, give me a break is he that good that he can say read the constitution in St Kitts in relation to Dual Citizenship but now he is in Dominica the same words he read are now for some reason have a totally different meaning. Come on people be honest and embrace honesty.

  15. Solon
    April 8, 2011

    I cannot believe some of the comments I’m reading. Why is it if some of us disagree with someone’s opinion on a matter have to resolve to attacking the person or their family with racial insults and not responding directly to the comment as it relates to the issues. This tells me a couple things some people are just ignorant of the issues and not willing to comprehend the matter and so by using insults it is an easy way out to disagree, not giving any reason constructive as to why they differ or hold a different option on the mater, this just shows cowardice and ignorance on their part. Then there are some who are just Political alined that no matter what their Party do they support, that is fine, this you will see on both sides, that’s Politics.

    The opinion expressed by Senior Counsel Astaphan regarding Mr Dave Burney nomination to the IPO commission raises some serious questions indeed, and should not be overlooked. The IPO commission is not like your ordinary Statutory Bord as some would like to compare it to, let us not forget special legislation was passed so as to regulate and govern such commission as to how it functions and operates, members on the commission can be fined and imprisoned for violating certain principles of the commission. The question that should be asked regarding Mr Bruney’s nomination is whether he can act impartial as a member on such commission. Let us not be biased, if one has to go back and look at Mr Burney’s Political activism that says a lot as to put his impartiality into question no doubt, isn’t that affront to such a commission especially when using the word Integrity to describe it.

    We have just went through the situation with Sir Brian Alleyne controversy regarding his membership on the commission, why the Hon Hector John wants to stir up another controversy with Mr Bruney’s nomination, I think this clearly shows the mind set of the UWP, create controversy by all means necessary, that should be their motto, is this not blatantly portrayed again and again for all to see. Let us not forget the saying the longest rope has an end..


  16. team
    April 8, 2011

    I don’t know who dave bruney is but thing I am absolutely sure about is that tony need to examine his actions and behvior before he go around judging morality . Moral turpitude is not tony,s friend either

    • anonymous
      April 8, 2011

      I know Dave Bruney, he is an inteligent individal. However his appointment to the IPO is somewhat troubling due to his level of involvement with the UWP. Let me say that membership in a political party should not be a disqualifying criteria for membership in the IPO, as we all have or political preferences. But I do believe that certain individuals based on their level of political activism should not be considered. Dave is such an individual, he once hosted a show I am not sure if it is still going on, he calls in to all the political talk shows his main purpose is to attack certain members of government, which I must add is his right as a citizen. however the lack of any balance in his various presentations, leads me to believe that he does not have the capacity to be impartial in dealing with matters of politics..Please suprise me Dave, prove me wrong..

      • team
        April 9, 2011

        Unfortunately the ipo seem to be yet another political party pawn shop. Is the ipo really working according to plan? Did the politicians truly declare their assets , did they really pay their taxes baesed on all gifts they recived?
        It seem like this bruney dude maybe the impetus to the revalationoliticians of the true working of the ipo.
        Why did brian and the inglis woman resign? If we put party biasness aside we will notice that this ipo is controlled by politicians. It is also apparent that tony and alick want to have the remote control in their hands

  17. Cerberus
    April 8, 2011

    I do not know whether mr.Bruney is a suitable candidate for the I.P.O. Commission but I have to trust the judgement of those who considered his candidacy and deemed him suitable. Mr Astaphan’s aspersions throw a terrible slur on the integrity of those who confirmed the appointment and It would be better for these comments to be ignored. Being a champion winner of legal cases is not necessarily a reflection of the moral standing of the victor.

  18. Just Astonished
    April 8, 2011

    Tony is Dominican born and bred like every one of us. His colour and his descendents do not make him any less Dominican than you and I. Tony does not have a problem with the man Dave Bruney, he has a problem with his qualification to hold that office.

    There is no need to bash Tony, every blogger to DNO knows just too well that Tony is one of the BEST constitutional lawyers in Dominica and the OECS, when he speaks of the court and the law he won’t care two hooks as to what you or any other persons thinks. This guy is skilful and uses the law to his advantage and that of his many local, regional and international clients.

    Can anyone doubt that though Dave Bruney maybe academically qualified, but is he qualified within the definition for an appointment to the IPO? Is it not an open secret that Dave Bruney is an advocate, Radio Talk Show Host, mouth piece, member and a supporter of the UWP?

    Would it be OK for someone like, say, Simeon Albert is appointed to the IPO? Would it not clearly indicate partisan political affiliation on the part of the Dominica Labour Party? This is one of the very reasons Charles “Charlo” Savarin took up against Sir Brian Alleyne.

    Do we need people whose loyalty and integrity maybe questioned into such an august body? Hell no. There must be many other persons in Dominica whose political and other activities are not that obvious to be nominated to the IPO. Are we looking forward to seeing IPO secrets and documents published and or read on Wise Q95fm very soon. Your guess is as good as mine. Well if the UWP can’t find any other Dominican for that purpose, then clearly, the writing is on the wall.

    There is no need to bask Tony, stop, think and look at the bigger picture and decide for yourself whether there is any merit in what Tony says. This is the IPO where ones integrity has to be impeccable. This is the very institution where politicians, senior civil servants, heads of departments and statutory boards and other persons in society have all their confidential information (financial and otherwise) sent to, is it ok for someone like Dave to make a mockery of that information?

    • Curious
      April 8, 2011

      I would not at all surprise if Tony Astaphan wrote this himself because no one could be so bias towards another man.By the way if you got nothing to hide then what is the problem, be not afraid.

    • boom
      April 9, 2011

      What “Just astonished” has said here makes alot alot of sense! Lets look at the big picture here!

  19. belbagay
    April 8, 2011

    If Dave is dispicable Mr Astsphan, you must now tell us who is not dispicable, be the judge and jury tony

  20. DPM
    April 8, 2011

    There’s a story on DNO entitled “13 Year Old Missouri Boy Gives Up Talking For Lent.” I THINK TONY SHOULD TRY THAT.

    • Conscious
      April 8, 2011

      I agree

    • Anonymous
      April 8, 2011

      What about lennox?

    • dan massive
      April 9, 2011

      not he alone

  21. Just Giving My Two Cents
    April 8, 2011

    In typical Dominican fashion – the messenger is getting the blows. I have yet to see one comment disputing the fact that Dave Bruney is “despicable”. I also do not see any comments regarding the ability of Mr Bruney to effectively and impartially perform the task which he was nominated to do.

    I do not know Mr Bruney so i have no negative nor positive opinion on the nomination. What I’d like to know is whether Mr Bruney can “be an independent statutory authority in the exercise of [his] function” as a member of the Commission and whether he can be INDEPENDENT and not be “subject to the control or direction of any person or authority”

    I’m just wondering how impartial can a party’s Media Coordinator be in acting as a member of the IPO. Wouldn’t that itself constitute a conflict of interest?

    • wesleyman
      April 8, 2011

      The story my friend is not about the nomination of mr Bruney, nor is it seeking clarifications on his ability to serve. Your querry should be directed at Mr. Astaphans, should he inform the public as to why Mr. Bruney was unfit to serve, maybe that would have been the issue at discussion, but to label the nomination as “dispicable” speaks to the issue of his nomination, the oposition leader, and his appointment, the president. Mr. Astaphans is saying that the president, a learned man in any circle, does not recognize “dispicable” immoral people the way he can. The fact they you hold Mr. Astaphans in such high esteem does not take awy from him the responsibility to satisfy the intelllectual querrying of those of us who do not hold him in the same esteem. Please dont be a political dishine bush, allow you mind to be stimulated by the difference between right and wrong.

  22. Trouble intended
    April 8, 2011

    The bigger issue here is not just Tony. The issue here is that the court system is now for sale. It can now be manipulated to the advantage of the deepest pockets. If Tony could not afford it, and did not feel that he has the power, do you think he would be talking about court?

    If Dominicans want to continue to sit and accept their hand outs then this is what will happen. Those that have learned to manipulate the system to enrich themselves will always call the shots and the beggars will be powerless. The few that are seeing can scream as much as they want to, but the masses have supported the likes of Tony.

    They will trample you as much as they want to and your will not respond.

    • anon
      April 11, 2011

      well said

  23. Aaaaa
    April 8, 2011

    hahahahahahaha hahahahahahha hahahaha tony astaphan talking about despicable. Now i’ve heard all. hahahahahahah Go by Astaphans and you will see your family being quite despicable to their employees…… :-D Sit yo .. down tony! DNO got jokes!

  24. Hugo Grotius
    April 8, 2011

    Aye Aye, what i seeing there noh, u focusing on the wrong man, is de valley man that is despicable.

  25. Papa Dom
    April 8, 2011

    Let’s not take sides here. While i do not agree with tony’s choice of words, I too believe that Dave Bruney is not a very good choice. We need to examine the qualification or disqualification of members of the IPO and if it is that Mr. Bruney’s nominition is indeed questionable, then we should question the role and function of the president. Should it be that this president is just a figure head and rubber stamps everything brought to him? shouldn’t he be tendering advice and guidance on matters of a consttutional nature?

  26. bleep bleep
    April 8, 2011

    vote all those Lebanese or arabs for IPO!!!! he looking like a little rabbit, tell tony “its none of his dam business” who UWP appoint on IPO, foolish man

  27. Dotish News Online
    April 8, 2011

    Go ahead, you gonna get’s what coming to you.

    • Aaaaa
      April 8, 2011

      hahahahaha …….. :-D

    • Dotish News Online
      April 8, 2011


  28. linky and truth
    April 8, 2011

    what is wrong with this arab guy man go and breed.

    • Aaaaa
      April 8, 2011

      you doh fine the breed enough? :-D

      April 8, 2011


  29. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm
    April 8, 2011

    Wasn’t it despicable to appoint Christian a DLP operative as Director of Audit; To have DR. Philsbert Aaron as PRo of DLP and still ambassador and the list goes on. Do so never like so Anthony Asstaphans

    April 8, 2011

    Social intelligence describes the exclusively human capacity to use very large brains to effectively navigate and negotiate complex social relationships and environments. The UWP, has lacked every facet of social and political sciences that they can’t function

  31. BVI
    April 8, 2011

    First and foremost tony you need to go back to law school to update your profession, you are living in the stone age, tony you need to go and update your credentials this is not the middle east, man you are causing too much division in DA, what the hell do you know about others credential even so to say that the man is not qualified, who are you? gone are the days when your people controlled Dominicans gone are the days, you will control the some but not all

    What i am seeing and hearing taking place in the land of my birth is so so sad, Dominicans this tony face is scaring me and all that i can see in evil, this man is causing too much destruction in DA, taking advantage of the law system, tony you are a disgrace to the law system of the Commonwealth of Dominica

      April 8, 2011

      Is this BVI person the lead actor in the Geico Cave Man Commercial…where have you been. Why does Tony need to go back to law school. Please enlighten us

      Because he has been winnig all his cases in the Caribbean, uwp constantly have to be paying him or his defendants, or withdrawing their cases

      BVI…you have zero social and political intelligence…stay in the cave…don’t write anything again

      • BVI
        April 8, 2011

        For you infor, i am not living in a cave, nor a hole, what you don’t know is older than you i am a born and dread Dominican, migrated to the BVI over 20 years ago very well aware of what is going on in Dominica and it is outrageous what this tony gay is causing in the island

        I am not boasting myself, for the record i am very well now intelligence than you, and you a no match for me what so ever, i am not singing for my supper according to a woman who wanted to get into to political arena in Dominica in the 80s, Wilileaks, my bread is well buttered, he has been winning all his cases, but he will not win his judgment with the Almighty, you fool, they might be scared of his devilish eyes

        Again tony need to upgrade, go through the Law Ethics, not the stone age law he studies and then you fool bring it on, i am not into you people political drama, which is destroying the island,

        • ja yesbo
          April 8, 2011

          bvi the intelligent one, check your grammar before you respond to a comment. you are too intelligent

        • Akways slow to answer
          April 8, 2011


        • aha
          April 9, 2011

          BVI…i was starting to get taste in your comment but before i could finish i realized you are a FOOL! Migrated over 20 years ago huh!…lololol…thats why they say its always people like you who dont live on island first hand that come to DNO spew hot air. Just sense the tone of y our comment….so full of your own self! You claim you are more intelligent than Wikileaks…who fooled you? You claim your bread is buttered. Did Wikileaks tell you his bread is not buttered too. You claim that Tony will not win his judgment with the Almighty…but becareful what you say…i hope you will win your judgement when he comes too! You seems to be a proud Diasporan Dominican…i think you better stay there!!!!

  32. Independant not dependent
    April 8, 2011

    Tony Astaphan you looking despictable and doing so many despictable things but is you that want to be running your mouth. Take care of inside before you take care of outside.

  33. Wait A Minute!!!
    April 8, 2011

    It seems like is only lennox Linton and co. and you Skerrit Haters and Blue Mealybugs who are entitled to an opinion in this country?

    What hypocracy!!! then you guys dare come speak about democracy?

    Tony is a Dominican just likeeveryone of us and should be allowed to speak like everyone else, whether we like what he say or not!!!Damn it!!!

  34. Lougaoo Mem
    April 8, 2011

    Mr Astaphan’s beliefs on David Bruney’s nomination is what the public must see as being despicable. Dominicans must now consider and see Mr. Astaphan as Public Enemy No1 of the nation. He continues to use his position to divide our people for his own interest. We must now unite against this evil being that has brought a curse in our midst.

  35. Steve
    April 8, 2011

    Well Mr.Astaphan certainly knows the definition of ‘despicable’.

    Boy who gave this guy the authority to speak like that?Black folks in Dominica……

  36. Karkabeff
    April 8, 2011

    But who die and make Tony god nuh? Allu scared now…LOL. Hail Mary Full Gf Grace..

  37. look jokes
    April 8, 2011

    not another court case…..Mr astaphan who would be your choice for appointment?

    • forkit
      April 8, 2011

      let we the people nominate tony astaphans

  38. yout
    April 8, 2011

    he will make sure the P’s and Q’s are checked so TONY SCARED!! is that it….everytime something doesn’t go the way of the “regime” they oppose,intimidate and victimize!!

  39. hero
    April 8, 2011

    Is only when it suits you Mr. Astaphan?

  40. Godson
    April 8, 2011

    So who de hell Tony Astaphan want to the Job if he has a problem with every body that not speaking on the same line like him ….Yes I Imagine that ehh …..DA in problems with that MAD MAN…

    • thinker
      April 9, 2011

      It’s because Dave knows him inside-out from schooldays.

    April 8, 2011

    What is wrong with this man ? You want to dictate to people who should and should not be on IPO. What nonsense is this ? Too Much power ! “Every long rope has an end” Time will tell.

    • ja yesbo
      April 8, 2011

      ” every long rope has an end”. is that uwp’s favorite line? oh yes, i forgot they are speaking from experience. how could i have forgotten that

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