Ernestina Ascencio case reopened/ No contact with BidenBy Paloma Duran | Thu, 12/10/2020 - 11:13
Ernestina Ascencio case will be reopened. Deputy Minister of Human Rights, Population and Migration Alejandro Encinas announced that the case of Ernestina Ascencio will be re-investigated. Ascencio was a 73-year-old indigenous woman who was abused and raped by state forces during Felipe Calderón’s presidency. In 2007, the Veracruz Prosecutor’s Office closed the case saying that her death was due to “natural causes.”
Thirteen years later, Encinas said that the case will be presented to the Veracruz Prosecutor’s Office for another investigation that must exhaust all lines of inquiry to guarantee truth, justice and reparations. President López Obrador said the mandate of the investigation will change the notion of justice. López Obrador has continually said he aims to end impunity and implement a fair rule of law.
AMLO meets with parents in Ayotzinapa case. At 10 a.m., the president met with the parents of the missing students in the Ayotzinapa case. In September 2014, 43 male students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College were forcibly abducted in Iguala, Guerrero. They were allegedly taken into custody by police officers for working with organized crime. According to official reports, the students annually took buses to Mexico City to commemorate the anniversary of the 1968 Tlatelolco massacre. However, that year, the police attempted to stop several buses by firing on them. Details of their disappearance and whereabouts remain unclear.
Celebrates approval of Pension Reform. López Obrador said the passing of the Pension Reform by the Congress late on Wednesday evening is an important achievement. The reform, championed by the president, increases benefits and also lowers the number of weeks of contributions workers must pay to earn benefits.
Mexico has not spoken with Joe Biden. AMLO said the government has not contacted US President-elect Joe Biden’s team because currently, Mexico has a relationship with the government of Donald Trump. “We are waiting for the authorities of the United States to define the result of the election. Once this happens, the Mexican government will speak with and send a message to the elected president," López Obrador said. He added that Mexico’s diplomatic relationship with the US has been guided by the international principle of non-intervention and the right of the people to self-determination.
AMLO proposes increase to minimum wage. The president announced that he will propose a 15 percent increase to the minimum wage in 2021. López Obrador said that the decision will affect everyone, and that it will require approval from the National Minimum Wage Commission.
Companies will be able to buy COVID vaccine. López Obrador said it is the government’s responsibility to vaccinate the entire population against COVID-19. However, once the vaccine is more widely available and can be acquired like any other medicine, companies will be allowed to purchase the necessary doses for their employees as a gesture of solidarity.
Click HERE for full transcript in Spanish