LeBarón case update / Sticks to minimum wage callBy Sofía Hanna | Thu, 12/17/2020 - 11:04
COVID-19 vaccine. President López Obrador, holding his daily briefing today in Bavispe, Sonora, said that Mexican citizens should trust the process planned for vaccinating the population against COVID-19, adding that everyone will get vaccinated. “I am sure that people have confidence that we will manage the application of vaccines because we have always acted with equity and justice.” Earlier this week, Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell said the vaccination campaign would start on Dec. 22.
Minimum wage increase. López Obrador reiterated that he would continue fighting for a rise in the minimum wage to 15 percent, even though Conasami (Minimum Wage Commission) has proposed a 10 percent hike. “I am sorry that an agreement was not reached,” he said, adding the he believed a 10 percent increase was not enough. AMLO also addressed concerns that businesses could go bankrupt if the increase is implemented.
LeBarón family murder case. In November last year, members of the LeBarón family were victims of an organized crime attack, leaving nine dead and six wounded. During today’s morning conference, AMLO addressed the situation once more. “We are going to report on this tragedy, how we have advanced in the investigation, how those responsible are being punished, how all the institutions are working in a coordinated manner, which shows that if we unite, we can face any adversity.” Also speaking at the briefing, Luis Cresencio Sandoval, head of the Ministry of National Defense (Sedena), reported that there are 15 pending arrest warrants in the case and that 17 people have already been arrested.
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