FINALLY THE ANTI-CORRUPTION BILL IS APPROVED. The Congressional Permanent Committee declared the National Anti-Corruption System constitutional and sent it to the Executive branch for enactment and publication in the Official Gazette. (Comment: In most aspects this bill is a step forward in trying to reduce corruption in Mexico. However, except that Peña Nieto will be enacting a law that allows for the investigation of everyone except the President!)
++ NOW HERE IS THE BAD NEWS. Mexico is among the 30 most corrupt countries in the world, said researcher María Amparo Casar. She presented a report titled: “Mexico: Anatomy of Corrupt” which outlines how corruption activities has cost Mexico 65 billion dollars a year at 2013 exchange . The Superior Auditor of the Federation, Juan Manuel Portal, said that citizens in Mexico believe that impunity reigns since punishment for corrupt behavior is minimal. (Comment: This is the understatement of the week.)
++ BACK TO THE ELECTORAL PROCESS. The National Electoral Institute (INE) General Council ruled that all Green Ecologist Party publicity will be suspended on radio and television in the final three days of the campaign. According to the INE (in a divided vote) the Green Ecologist Party failed to comply to comply with an order to remove all billboards and other ads with the party logo and the slogan “The Greens do carry out their promises,” “Medicine Coupons” and “Fulfilled Proposals.”
++THE SECRETARY OF GOBERNACIÓN MAY BELIEVE THAT THE COUNTRY IS NOT ON FIRE, BUT… WHAT IS GOING-ON IN GUERRERO? The National Security Cabinet said that five people were killed and eight wounded in a shootout in Tlacotepec, in the state of Guerrero. Federal Police Commissioner Enrique Galindo met with relatives of missing persons in Chilapa, Guerrero and pledged that a task force would head investigation into the whereabouts of their missing loved ones. “El Financiero” newspaper published that possibly more than 100 people have gone missing in Chilapa since May 2014. The head of the Attorney General’s Office Criminal Investigation Agency Tomás Zerón said that results of tests conducted at Innsbruck University on skeletal remains found in the Cocula, Guerrero garbage dump will be available in mid-June.
++ MACABRE GAMES. A judge will rule on Thursday whether the two 15-year-olds who took part in the assassination of six-year-old Christopher in Chihuahua as they were “playing a macabre game of “kidnapping”, will undergo a criminal trial and the other three are sent to psychological rehabilitation, and remain in house detention. Attorneys for Christopher’s mother, Tania Mora, will seek criminal charges against all five minors even though Chihuahua´s criminal code does not allow for the prosecution and prison for minors under fourteen.
++FINALLY SOME GOOD NEWS. According to the National Institute for Statistics and Geography (INEGI), Mexico´s GDP for the first trimester was 2.5% in comparison to this same period last year.