Jalisco Fifth for Homicides / Lozoya Leaves Spain TodayBy Alessa Flores | Thu, 07/16/2020 - 10:49
Jalisco, federal government coordinating on security issues. Despite the differences between the levels of government, Jalisco Gov. Enrique Alfaro assured that it is possible to achieve the same objectives without submitting to or confronting the federal government, but through coherence and the defense of his political convictions. Alfaro said that his presence at President López Obrador’s morning conference “was not just to accompany the president on his work tour, but to rebuild the relationship between Jalisco and the federal government.” He also stressed that Jalisco has the will to support the federal government and urged the president to listen to different voices in matters where there is no agreement with state governments.
Jalisco has reduced its crime rate from 2018 to 2020. Gov. Alfaro said that based on a quarterly comparison, there had been a reduction of nearly 40 percent in Jalisco state’s crime rate between 2018 and 2020, results that he classified as "encouraging" and acknowledged that there is work to be done since the figures are not the only indicator for people to feel safe in the state. In contrast, Luis Cresencio Sandoval, the head of the National Defense Ministry (SEDENA), explained that most criminal indicators are on the rise, although business theft and extortion are falling. Likewise, Sandoval stressed that Jalisco ranks fifth nationally in number of homicides, registering 2,802 cases from the beginning of the administration until May of this year.
Giovanni López case. Gov. Alfaro assured that the commanders and elements of the police who were involved in the death of the young man from Ixtlahuacán de los Membrillos have been detained. Alfaro classified the case as "a difficult episode, an episode in which the stability of the state was put at risk."
Lozoya extradition. Today, Emilio Lozoya, former Director of PEMEX, will be extradited from Spain to Mexico. President López Obrador explained that Lozoya is returning to Mexico voluntarily to "report on what happened regarding the alleged frauds for which he is accused.” López Obrador added that it “will be something interesting, important, because, as I have always argued, it is best to ban corruption, to stigmatize corruption."