Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the head of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the FARC, Rodrigo Londoño, alias Timochenko, signed a historic peace agreement to put an end to 50 years of armed conflict.
++ At the peace signing ceremony in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, President Enrique Peña Nieto, took the opportunity to refer to the forced disappearance of 43 Ayotzinapa teacher training college students that occurred two years ago, in the town of Iguala in Guerrero state. Peña Nieto pledged that his government will conduct a comprehensive investigation into what happened.
Speaking to the press during the event to peace signing ceremony between the Colombian government and the FARC, Peña Nieto said that the Attorney General’s Office is working diligently to clarify events and bring to justice all those who are responsible, and he said that at least 130 suspects are behind bars in the case.
++ Two years, two years, after the forced disappearance of the Ayotzinapa students, their parents, other activists and teacher college students carried out protests and demonstrations in Mexico City, Guerrero, Oaxaca and Chiapas.
The activists lamented that 48 months after the students disappeared authorities have been unable to offer an adequate explanation as to their whereabouts.
++ The Mexican Bishops Conference called on authorities to investigate and clarify the assassination of Janamuato clergyman, José Alfredo López Guillén.
In a press release the Bishops Conference said that three Catholic priests were killed in a week, and the bishops called for justice but that the reputations of the deceased priests not be sullied.
++ Finance Secretary José Antonio Meade called on all agencies at all levels to embrace the spending cut backs proposed by the executive branch because cutbacks cannot only take place in administrative department at the federal level.
++ The peso once again fell to a record low, at Monday’s close the dollar-peso exchange rate stood at 20.21 pesos per dollar at the selling rate, 12 cents more than Friday’s close.
++ The chairman of the Business Coordinating Council, Juan Pablo Castañón, said that a 300 billion-peso cut to the 2017 spending budget proposed by the executive branch is viable. He said that additional cuts are possible if additional spending like extra funds for states is lowered.
++ An audience Monday on the extradition process to the United States of drug lord Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán wrapped up with no resolution. His attorney, Andrés Granados, said he will visit the court house daily in Mexico City until the judge reaches a verdict.