Gas Theft Measures/Subsidies to CompaniesBy Sofía Hanna | Mon, 03/22/2021 - 11:55
Huachicol. Minister of National Defense Luis Cresencio Sandoval said that the state of Hidalgo had the largest market for illicit fuel in the last month, while there were 177 related arrests in other states, including the State of Mexico, Guanajuato, Michoacan and Tamaulipas. Cresencio said that the government’s actions have said money. “We have saved MX$136 billion (US$6.6 billion). That is more than what we designate to the pension of the elderly in one year.” The term huachicol refers to gasoline or diesel that is illegally extracted from pipelines for later sale on the black market in Mexico. Reporting on crimes in the country, Cresencio also said that 16,240kg of marijuana and 3,599kg of cocaine had been seized. Two methamphetamine laboratories were destroyed, and 12,858kg of this drug were seized, as well as 351kg of fentanyl, mainly in Sinaloa.
Homicides in Mexico. Minister of Security and Citizen Protection (SSPC) Rosa Icela Rodríguez said the number of victims of intentional homicide had fallen 5.3 percent. Icela Rodríguez also announced that high-impact crimes against women decreased 14.9 percent.
Triqui ‘peace agreement.’ President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that he had spoken with the leaders of the Triquis indigenous group, located in the state of Oaxaca, to try to reach a “peace agreement” to avoid confrontations in the region. “We are in the best disposition for reconciliation to take place and to continue helping communities with welfare programs. We can reach an agreement for peace with justice,” AMLO said.
Dialog with Mexican companies. López Obrador announced that he had started a dialog with companies such as Oxxo, Bimbo and Walmart to discuss electricity subsidies that AMLO said they receive. “We are going to ask this week for a report from CFE technicians and, if the beneficiaries agree, that they appoint a commission so an open dialog can be carried out, with the media, to clarify and so that people are aware.”
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