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Seismic looting in Morelos

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Graco Ramírez, Governor of Morelos – File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
25/09/2017
10:00
Mexico City
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Seismic looting in Morelos

In times when the current governor of Morelos, Graco Ramírez, is under the spotlight due to the criticism on the seizure of donations civil society is providing for the earthquake victims, and that this wariness has motivated citizens from different states to personally distribute the donations among those who need it, the commissioner of Public Security of the State, Alberto Capella, said that those going on “seismic tourism” are hindering the work of civil protection. With great tact and sense of unity, Mr. Alberto said the ones better suited to distribute supplies are the members of the Comprehensive Family Development Institute (DIF) of Morelos and the corresponding municipalities. The problem is that the oh-so diplomatic commissioner is ignoring the fact that it is this Institute which stands accused of the seismic looting. “Don't do me any favors, commissioner,“ is probably what the Morelos governor would say.

In the sights, public officials profiting from the earthquake

We've been told the Mexican Office of the Attorney general, through the Specialized Prosecutor's Office on Electoral Frauds (FEPADE), has already in its sights some of the public officials of Chiapas, Morelos, Oaxaca and of the borough of Coyoacán in Mexico City. They say they are investigating the claims for the seizure of donations for the earthquake victims. We're told the FEPADE, under the charge of Santiago Nieto, can bring charges at any given moment against the public officials who have profited with the humanitarian aid to win favor for their respective political parties for the upcoming General Election.

No bounds for political rivalries

For some, political differences know no bounds...or tact. At a time when the country is going through a crisis, political strategies don't stop. Yesterday, for instance, during a meeting the Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto had with victims of the 09/19 earthquake in the State of Mexico, a group of people began to rebuke the President. When Peña Nieto asked if the nonconformist were from among the community, the municipality of Joquicingo immediately cried: “Nooo.” The President was accompanied by the governor of the State of Mexico, Alfredo del Mazo.

Transparent rulings

In order to avoid a crisis similar to the one of the Supreme Court of Justice in Mexico City – whose employees are still afraid to return to the facilities – the Judicial Branch (PFJ) has decided to take action. Our sources say the president of the Supreme Court, Luis María Aguilar, has ordered that all structural rulings of the Court's buildings be published, so this act of transparency can give confidence to their staff and the general public. With this reassurance – just like the ones parents need at schools –, the objective is that anyone who harbors doubts about the safety of a building of the Judicial Branch can check the ruling online and see there are no structural damages reported. We'll have to wait and see how many agencies of the other two Powers follow this policy, for the peace of mind of their citizens.

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