PEMEX Fire an ‘Accident’/’Other Data’ on the PandemicBy Sofía Hanna | Mon, 07/05/2021 - 11:22
Fire on PEMEX platform. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said the fire on the ocean’s surface near a PEMEX platform early last Friday was from a marine pipeline leak and not intentional. He confirmed that an appraisal had been carried out to understand the damage caused. “PEMEX and the Ministry of the Environment already carried out an appraisal and analysis of the damages and we are going to repair the damages. It was an accident that happened. We ruled out that it was something intentional.” According to reports, the fire was sparked by a gas and nitrogen leak in a gas pipeline that, when combined with electrical charges from a storm at the time, exploded. The president added that the fire, “was controlled relatively soon, in a very few hours.”
President questioned. Journalist Jorge Ramos questioned López Obrador about the government’s reporting of figures related to violence and the handling of the pandemic in Mexico. López Obrador assured the journalist that he has “other data” and that he is not living in “a bubble” in terms of published figures. López Obrador said that he has handled the pandemic well and that he is very sorry that a journalist like Ramos is misinformed. “How can I not accept responsibility if I am the president of Mexico? I respect what you say, but I do not share it. I feel that it is an interest, a bias in questioning our government,” López Obrador said.
Homicides in Mexico. López Obrador said the government faces great difficulties in terms of violence due to the country left by former presidents. “Of course, it is not an easy matter and I have already explained that it was the rotten fruit that we inherited and it is not that I am blaming the previous presidents without reason, but the management of security was practically in charge of crime and this comes from long ago.” He also clarified that the opposition seeks to blame his administration for the violence generated by organized crime in the country. This was in reference to the complaint presented by the PAN, PRI and PRD before the Organization of American States (OAS) over the intervention of criminal gangs in the midterm elections held on June 6. “We are advancing gradually but playing it safe to pacify the country. It makes me very cynical of tough faces, who go to make a complaint to an international organization … when they were the cause of the crisis in Mexico.”
Luis Cardenas arrested. Luis Cárdenas Palomino, the former head of the Regional Security Division of the Federal Police, was arrested in the State of Mexico, which López Obrador called an important achievement and that it demonstrates that there is no longer impunity in the country. “It was the second (arrest) to García Luna, and he had an open investigation at the Prosecutor’s Office and he was arrested because there is no longer impunity and that helps a lot. That is why I am sure that we are going to calm the country and continue to pacify Mexico gradually.”
Collapsed building in Miami. López Obrador commented on Sunday’s demolition of a condo building that collapsed in Miami on June 24. “If I governed Florida, I would not have dynamited the building. It is not a technical matter, it is a human matter,” López Obrador said. “120 are declared missing, and yesterday the building was dynamited? … Why didn’t they prop it up? Couldn’t they?”
Who could follow AMLO as president? The president said that there are many candidates who can replace him in the 2024 presidential elections. “Who can replace me? First, we must take into account that it is the people who are going to decide. Now, on the progressive, liberal flank, there are a lot: like Claudia (Sheinbaum) Marcelo (Ebrard), Juan Ramón de la Fuente, Esteban Moctezuma, Tatiana Clouthier, Rocío Nahle, a lot.” López Obrador also said that he does not plan to be reelected to the presidency of the Republic because his convictions prevent him from doing so. Mexico’s presidents are constitutionally limited to one six-year term.
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