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Reacts to Cienfuegos Arrest / Report on Illegal Vaccines

By Ricardo Guzman | Fri, 10/16/2020 - 11:01

Reacts to Cienfuegos arrest. President López Obrador said active officials in his administration linked to former Minister of National Defense (Sedena) Salvador Cienfuegos will be suspended or removed, after he was arrested yesterday in the US. “All those who are involved in the General Cienfuegos affair, who are acting officials in the government or in the Ministry of Defense, will be suspended or presented to the competent authorities,” he said. Yesterday, the surprising arrest of the armed forces head in former President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration was reported by US authorities to Minister of Foreign Affairs (SRE) Marcelo Ebrard. Cienfuegos is facing drug trafficking and money laundering charges and was apprehended at the request of the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

No investigation in Mexico. There is no investigation in Mexico against Salvador Cienfuegos, since the whole process is being carried out by US authorities, President López Obrador said. “This comes from an investigation carried out in the United States, in the same court in New York handling Genaro García Luna's case and that previously also took the Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán case,” he said. López Obrador highlighted that his administration was aware that there was an investigation against Cienfuegos and that his arrest is a regrettable example of how the neoliberal period decomposed the regime. “I have always said that it was not just one single crisis but a process of progressive degradation,” he said.

Investigation into illegal flu vaccines. President López Obrador said that there have been complaints and an open investigation into to the illegal selling of influenza vaccines. “There are already reports of the use of these vaccines, or rather, the misuse of these vaccines. There is an open investigation,” he said. Yesterday, COFEPRIS issued two alerts about illegal use and falsification of a vaccine and a medicine for the flu, just days away from the start of the national vaccination campaign. The president pointed out that this situation happens because there were mafias that won’t stop stealing and noted that Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell reported on the issue to the security cabinet.

Applauds Herrera’s appointment to World Bank, IMF. President López Obrador celebrated Minister of Finance (SHCP) Arturo Herrera’s appointment as chair of the Board of Governors of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for 2021, which was announced yesterday. “He (Herrera) is a professional, a very good economist, but it is also a recognition of Mexico,” López Obrador said. He added that this is the first such appointment for Mexico since the 1950s. “I think it was at the time of President Ruiz Cortines. It was Antonio Carrillo Flores, the minister of finance. Herrera is the second since then. This is Mexico today. Long live Mexico,” he said.

Willing to get vaccinated. President López Obrador said he is willing to get vaccinated against COVID-19 once the first injections arrive in Mexico and that he will do it during his traditional morning briefing to set an example for the people. “I will get vaccinated here to give people confidence,” he said. The president noted that first, the health authorities need to decide the criteria for choosing the priority groups for the vaccination campaign, although he warned that due to his age and health condition, he would be in the first group. 

‘Raffle’ winners haven’t collected their prizes. There are still 22 people who have yet to collect their MX$20 million (US$940,000) prizes after the so-called presidential plane raffle was held on Sept. 15, the new National Lottery (Lotenal) head Margarita González said. Institute to Give Back to the People the Stolen (Indep) head Ernesto Prieto announced the seven winning schools in the raffle. He was joined by parents from the schools and by President López Obrador.

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Ricardo Guzman Ricardo Guzman Editor

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