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Bill to Ban Outsourcing / Won’t Break up with Governors

By Ricardo Guzman | Tue, 10/27/2020 - 11:02

Bill against outsourcing. President López Obrador said he will send a bill to Congress to eliminate outsourcing. “I am going to send a bill so that this mechanism disappears. I anticipate this is going to be another controversial issue just like the trust elimination, but we have to clean up things. We cannot be accomplices to corruption,” he said. The president stressed that this practice affects both public finances and the development of the country, and lamented that the reforms that allowed outsourcing were aimed only at helping companies to give away administrative procedures regarding payments to workers, social security and INFONAVIT quotas, but that companies abused the scheme, affecting workers and Mexico. The president called on citizens and public servants to report companies that rely on outsourcing.

Rules out meeting with governors’ alliance. President López Obrador said he will not meet with the governors of the Federalist Alliance, since he has to protect the presidential investiture. “The Minister of Finance (SHCP) is taking care of them. I am not allowing them to use the presidential institution. We must take care of the investiture,” he said after 10 opposition governors requested a meeting with the president to review the 2021 budget, even suggesting they could leave the fiscal pact between their states and the federation. The president said there is no possibility that the federal pact will be broken and suggested all governors carry out a public consultation on the topic.

Senator who died of COVID not infected during Senate meet: A Morena senator who died from COVID-19 was not infected in the Senate, Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell said. He noted that Joel Medina’s passing was not related to last Tuesday’s session at the senate, where the elimination of 109 trusts was approved after a prolonged discussion. “He could not have been infected in the Senate. How do we know that? Because we know the biological reality of the coronavirus and that the incubation period takes from five to six days. Also, that night when leaving the Senate, the senator already had some symptoms,” he said. López-Gatell stated that all health and safety protocols in the Senate are aligned with the Ministry of Health rulings and that all are still effective and valid.

Moving forward with AstraZeneca. Mexico will formalize today the AstraZeneca anti-COVID vaccine, Minister of Foreign Affairs (SRE) Marcelo Ebrard said. “Today, the order for Mexico in all its terms will be formalized,” he said and highlighted the support of the Ministry of Finance (SHCP) during the process. The minister announced that 17,947 Mexicans who had been stranded around the world have been repatriated so far.

1.5 tons of cocaine seized. A plane with 1.5 tons of cocaine was located at the Chetumal airport, President López Obrador said. “A plane with a ton and a half of cocaine landed at 1 a.m. in the morning at the Chetumal airport and one of the crew was arrested. He looks like a foreigner,” he said. The president highlighted that the Army tracked three planes that entered national territory through Quintana Roo yesterday, but one landed at the Chetumal airport, starting an investigation.

Proposes national mourning period. President López Obrador will propose a decree to dedicate three days of national mourning for the almost 90,000 deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic. He said that the mourning period could be held from next Saturday to Monday, Nov. 2, to coincide with Day of the Dead celebration. “Many have lost their lives, almost 90,000 and this not a number, these are people and there is a lot of sadness among families and friends,” he said. While presenting the health pulse, Minister of Health Jorge Alcocer highlighted the coordination of health authorities to assess the status in Chihuahua, after the border state reverted to red in the epidemiological traffic light. It is the only state in the highest level nationwide.



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Ricardo Guzman Ricardo Guzman Editor