ASF report sparks attacks on the government. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador explained that the initial report of the Superior Audit Office of the Federation (ASF) regarding an overcharge for the cancellation of the New Mexico International Airport (NAIM) has given his political adversaries the opportunity to damage the image of the government. López Obrador explained the ASF reported that the cost was MX$331 billion. The real cost was of MX$110 billion. "They made a wrong total. Although they accepted the mistake, they have caused a lot of damage and give elements to our adversaries to attack us," said López Obrador.
Airport data errors. After the Superior Audit of the Federation (ASF) released inaccurate data related to the cost of the Texcoco (NAIM) airport, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that he would be sending a letter to Dulce Maria Sauri, president of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Deputies, calling for an investigation into the report that was made public and then retracted after AMLO highlighted the irregularities in the report. “I believe that it is a political attitude, that they sought to harm us to please our opponents,” AMLO said.
US$17 million returned. Rosa Icela Rodríguez, Minister of Security and Citizen Protection, announced that the Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA) and of the Navy (SEMAR) had given the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) a total of US$17 million confiscated as a result of criminal activity from 2018 to 2021. “All these assets are reparations from the damage that the Mexican nation has suffered and that damage has been recovered,” said Alejandro Gertz Manero, head of the FGR. He also noted that the FGR’s handling of the case of Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca, governor of Tamaulipas, would be transparent. “There will be no lack of transparency, there will be no case of revenge of any political type, of any nature.
COVID-19 cases have decreased for six weeks in a row. Minister of Health Jorge Alcocer highlighted that the cases of COVID-19 in Mexico have shown a steady decrease over the past six weeks. He added that the occupancy rate at hospitals is between 50 and 69 percent only in Mexico City, the State of Mexico and Puebla. "There is a 70 percent increase in elderly vaccinated, for a total of 604,110 people. Only 0.4 percent of side effects attributable to vaccination have been reported," said Jorge Alcocer.
President of Argentina. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that Alberto Fernández, president of Argentina, will be attending the morning press conference tomorrow to participate in the commemoration of the 200 years of the Plan of Iguala, the proclamation issued toward the end of the Mexican War of Independence from Spain that prioritized Roman Catholicism, political independence and social equality for the new Mexican state.