For Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a sign of independence between powers is that the President of the Republic send invitations that are not attended. The representative noted the absence of Minister Arturo Zaldívar and Prosecutor Alejandro Gertz Manero in his Second Government Report. He did invite them, he said, but they declined to attend, because now they have the «arrogance» of freedom and the President can already be told no.
«Look how things have changed: I invited the Attorney General of the Republic and the President of the Supreme Court of Justice, and they were unable to attend. In the past that didn’t happen, because they have the arrogance to feel free. This is the change,» López Obrador said in the National Palace’s Courtyard of Honor before select guests, whose presence, above all, served to highlight the absence of those who did not attend.
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The Chair stressed that his relationship with entrepreneurs had been good, perhaps too much, some would think in his cabinet. Who would have thought that López Obrador would have reason to thank the televisions, but the day came, and, sitting among the guests, witnessed the owner of Tv Azteca, Ricardo Salinas Pliego (who is also an adviser to the representative), and the vice president of Televisa, Bernardo Gómez.
«Televisions from private companies are supporting us to broadcast radio and television classes to 30 million students. I have nothing more to say to you: thank you, on behalf of the government and our people,» the representative said.
Who was not present was Victor Toledo, still Secretary of the Environment, to hear when López Obrador criticized «pseudoecologists», failed the GMOs and assured that the current government has taken care of the environment like no other in the past.
It is not yet officially confirmed that Toledo leaves the Semarnat, but the entrepreneur Bosco de la Vega, president of the National Agricultural Council and advocate of the use of the herbicide glyphosate, celebrated as if it were a triumph.
«We celebrate that our government is making adjustments, and all support for the integration of a more efficient, more competitive cabinet, where ideologies do not oppose science,» he said upon his arrival at the National Palace.
The business leader argued that Toledo’s opposition to the use of glyphosate is «ideological» and anti-scientific, as all countries use it, except Vietnam, he said. What he did not mention is that the soils of the Asian country remain intoxicated by the effect of another herbicide, the orange agent, sprayed by the US military more than 50 years ago.
The head of the Office of the Presidency, Alfonso Romo, an entrepreneur converted to a public official, washed his hands over the alleged resignation of Toledo, who pointed to the Regiomontano to promote the use of glyphosate behind the backs of López Obrador.
«Ask the President, because he’s the one who changes and puts on,» he said.
Aprisa, the Welfare Secretary, María Luisa Albores, sneaked through Corregidora’s door and chose to clarify to the press whether she will take Toledo’s place in the Semarnat.
That’s where Senator Eduardo Ramírez Aguilar, a friend of Manuel Velasco, came to become president of the Senate with the shelter of Ricardo Monreal. On the other hand, the Chamber of Deputies was not represented in the presidential report, because the pan-member Laura Rojas concluded her term at the Board of Directors and Morena yesterday prevented the succession of command from the PRI.
Pain and suffering aside, the coronavirus pandemic has strengthened love in families, López Obrador said in his report. In the front row of the Patio de Honor were his wife, the writer Beatriz Gutiérrez, and two of his four children. A little further back sat another political relative, businessman Miguel Rincón, compadre of the President. Speaking of family hardships, he did not peek into the name of Pio López Obrador, the uncomfortable brother of the representative, who was caught in a video receiving two million pesos in cash.
«This government will not be remembered as corrupt,» the President said.
By the way, the director of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), Manuel Bartlett, whose son oversteered respiratory ventilates to IMSS to care for serious patients with COVID-19, praised the current government’s anti-corruption struggle.
–Do you think you will be remembered (this government) for non-corruption?
–Of course! Bartlett said, who dropped the system in 1988.
–Despite the scandals, and yours?
«I’m not in any scandal,» he clarified. We will always be criticized and attacked, but the work against corruption is final.
Civil Service Secretary Irma Sandoval, who imposedNexuss a two-year disqualification and a fine of 1 million pesos, he supported Bartlett’s optimism.
«We have shown with facts that the ‘Fourth Transformation’ does not tolerate impunity,» he said.
As the presidential report passed, a 67-year-old woman, a cane in hand, came from Zumpango to report that the debt of her Infonavit home has grown rather than down, and that has been paying for 10 years.
«I have followed the PRI since I was a child, but there have been so many disappointments; I know the whole life of Carlos Salinas, he has been the greatest looter, I know, because I was ‘IBM’ from the headquarters of the PRI in Revolution, for 10 years I went to bring them everything: ‘and go bring this’, ‘and go bring me the other’; I was hearing everything in the PRI house and I knew everything,» he said.
Her name is Elizabeth Huerta, she suffers from diabetes and osteoporosis, she was removed four ribs and part of her knee in the wake of a fall, and now, she accuses, they want to take her home. Then he says he has a middle name: «My name is Pueblo and my name is Patria.»
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