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Asks Followers to Stay Home / Suggests Plot on Mayan Train

By Ricardo Guzman | Fri, 08/28/2020 - 11:13

Asks followers to help prevent contagion. President López Obrador asked residents in Reyonsa to stay at home and not to follow him on his scheduled activities for today in the northern city, given the high risk of getting infected by COVID-19. “I want to ask the citizens of Reynosa to allow us to communicate with them through the media. Stay at home,” he said in his daily briefing held in Tamaulipas. Yesterday the president lamented a mass gathering in Matamoros where he was inaugurating public works, and asked participants to respect social distancing. The president said it is everyone’s right to move freely but that if someone dares to go to the events, then that person is a “conserva” (a term that mocks conservatives).

Suggests NGOs plotting against Mayan Train. Civil organizations are receiving money to oppose the Mayan Train, President López Obrador said. “I receive information from all the supposedly independent, nongovernmental organizations that are receiving money, some even from abroad, to oppose the construction of the Mayan Train,” he said. After being asked by the president to detail a question he asked, one reporter named every ONG, association, and academic institution named in the alleged plot against one of the top infrastructure projects of López Obrador’s administration.

Tamaulipas governor responds to Lozoya. Tamaulipas Gov. Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca urged President López Obrador to modify the Fiscal Coordination Law so that those states that have greater productivity can continue to grow. “For a long time, we have adjusted some local contributions to compensate funds lost, especially for infrastructure projects,” he said. Regarding the accusation by former PEMEX head Emilio Lozoya on his participation in alleged briberies, García Cabeza de Vaca said “the stronger the adversary, the stronger the offensive” and highlighted that no one can take seriously “a confessed felon’s allegations.”

Authorities to decide on presidents. It is up to the judiciary or the Attorney General's Office (FGR) to decide whether former President Enrique Peña Nieto is tried for treason in the Odebrecht affair, President López Obrador said. “That has to be resolved by both the prosecutor's office and the judiciary. Of course, it is not advisable to twist the law as was done before,” he said. Yesterday, 15 Morena senators formalized their request to hold a citizens’ consultation to decide whether former presidents of Mexico should be tried, as President López Obrador himself has proposed several times.

Investigation into Liconsa contract. President López Obrador instructed the Ministry of Public Administration to review Liconsa's contract with businessman Alejandro Puente, who has been linked to acts of corruption. “The Ministry of Public Administration must intervene to clarify. We promise to report to the people,” he said. Yesterday, Reforma reported that Liconsa, the federal subsidized milk program, awarded contracts for up to MX$4billion (US$180 million) to a company founded by Puente, a telecommunications businessman accused of corruption during former President Felipe Calderón’s administration.

No García Lunitas in the National Guard. There won’t be any “García Lunitas” in the National Guard, Minister of Security and Citizen Protection (SSPC) Alfonso Durazo said and noted that no one in the new security corps founded by the López Obrador administration asks for bribes or favors. “No one asks for money here. As the president has said, no one will find a ‘García Lunita’ here,” he said referring to the investigation and process against former President Felipe Calderon’s top cop accused of protecting drug cartels.

 

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Ricardo Guzman Ricardo Guzman Editor