Forgives Felipe Calderón. President López Obrador said that he already forgave former President Felipe Calderón for “stealing” the presidency from him in 2006. “Former President (Felipe) Calderón is angry with me, he says there is political persecution. There is none of that, I already forgave him. He stole the presidency from us and he knows it but I don’t hate him,” he said. López Obrador pointed out that the investigation against Genaro García Luna, the top cop during the Calderón administration, is being carried out by the US government and that he has nothing to do with the legal process abroad, or with García Luna’s alleged ties with the Sinaloa cartel.
Marro’s arrest leads to lower crime. Guanajuato has recorded a decrease in homicides after the arrest of José Antonio “El Marro” Yépez, leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima cartel, President López Obrador said. “There has been a decrease in homicides. They have not disappeared but in the last 15 days, Guanajuato is no longer in first place for homicides,” he noted. The president said he has had no reports of train robberies in that state, since there has also been a decrease in crimes related to transportation.
Guerrero also sees lower crime rate. Crimes in Guerrero have dropped 32 percent in three years, Minister of the Navy (Semar) Rafael Ojeda said in the daily briefing held in Acapulco. Ojeda said that in June 2017, the state ranked second nationwide for crime incidence but last month it was ranked 20th. Ojeda reported that Acapulco, Chilpanchingo, Iguala and Zihuatanejo are the municipalities with the highest crime rate in the state. Guerrero Gov. Héctor Astudillo said Acapulco has set the example of a city that has notably decreased its crime rates.
Durazo asks for confirmation. Minister of Security (SSPC) Alfonso Durazo said that it is up to the Sinaloa security authorities to report on the alleged murder of the son of Amado “El Señor de los Cielos” Carrillo in the municipality of Navolato, Sinaloa. After reports on the crime against the son of one of the most notorious drug lords in Mexico, Durazo said the identity of the deceased has not been confirmed by the Sinaloa government.
Warns that critics will be “disenchanted.” Those who expect a clash during the next meeting of the National Conference of Governors (CONAGO) will be “disenchanted,” President López Obrador said. He explained that some people are eager for a confrontation at next week’s meeting in San Luis Potosi but that a good relationship and a shared agenda will prevail during the highly anticipated summit. The president highlighted that federal government is supporting the states, such as giving them their share of the MX$60 billion (US$2.72 billion) federal fund on a monthly basis, instead of the prior quarterly scheme.
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