But commission President Alberto Almanza insists that the commission will press on with its work and that ultimately it will succeed.
"I think the objective of the commission is justice and all that that entails, including that the killers pay the penalty for what they did," Almanza
complained, neither Panama's congress nor U.S. officials have been helpful.
said there was political fallout from the commission's April report, some from people who still consider Torrijos a hero for signing the treaty that gave Panama control of the canal, some from liberal intellectuals who scored it for not criticizing the United States more directly for turning a blind eye to the disappearances.
staff believe the United States knew more than it has revealed about Torrijos' impending coup, but have found no smoking gun showing the United States was in any way involved in the homicidal domestic policies that would ensue.
And even if that step proves inconclusive, Almanza
insists the commission has served a purpose.
"Before this, the life and death of the victims, the way they died and who might have done it, were totally unknown," he