CITY OF MEXICO (good). – In the twilight of his government, which will leave a balance of more than 100 thousand dead, President Enrique Peña Nieto apologized for their mistakes, failures and lack of explanation, especially about the White House case, which he said. , leaves it "very clear".
In an interview with Denise Maerker about his En Punto program, on Televisa, the president spoke on various issues, including the defeat of his party during the last election, but when he was asked what he considered the biggest mistake of his government, answered he:
"Because I have not explained it, I believe with enough of the mistakes or points that have been made in different subjects, for example the theme of the White House is one of which I am very impressed … I regretted my wife ( Angelica Rivera) involved in the explanation of the problem … she did not agree, she is not a civil servant … and I have her involved because she was, in a way, a marriage, that we ourselves a new house.
"I regretted having implicated my wife because I think she also left a bad taste and an issue that was difficult to remedy in all this time … I still think there was no conflict (of interest)," he said.
The journalist also asked her if there was anyone she would apologize for, to which the president replied:
"Look … sorry for the mistakes, sorry for the mistakes, sorry for the failures, sorry for the inadequacy in different statements, and above all, if someone worsens, if someone hurts, I ask an apology, but does not bring In the I do not particularly like it, I do not have it in my conscience, but if someone, with the exercise or the way in which I was hurt, was hurt and wronged, I apologize. "
The defeat of the PRI
He also spoke about the defeat of the PRI at the last elections, which led the party to the worst crisis in its history, and said that it has consumed the defeat with adulthood, with the wisdom that there are no eternal victors or losers. It is clear that the leadership that was achieved by being elected as president is certainly the same as what the previous government saw about me; now we see an unfavorable wave, but we have to admit that people join another wave ".
And he wrote that & # 39; phenomenon & # 39; for two reasons: La, he said, is that traditional political expressions get confused in the world, and in these elections they lost not only the PRI, but also the traditional parties.
The second is "the erosion of the government's exercise." When you make deep changes, you generate wear and tear, like the rise in the price of gasoline, which is an unpopular decision, but it had to be taken just like other decisions that loss of support. "
He then briefly referred to his successor, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who, as he said, "loves him."
"I did not really know, the only two times that I had seen it during the debates, but I liked it, we clearly have different views, but I'm also convinced that the person who arrives comes with the conviction of serving the country ".
He reiterated that one of the differences he has with his successor is the issue of the new airport in Texcoco, a project that he said will continue to defend.
"You have an airport project that is in the debate and controversy, but this government has decided to implement the construction of what will become the third largest airport," he said.
He admitted that he is at a point where it is not his responsibility to determine whether the project continues as it was proposed, but insisted: "I will defend the project of a work in progress", as he assures, "I defended it (before López Obrador) and I shared my conviction."
Peña Nieto insisted on separating herself from the imprisonment and release of the magistral leader, Elba Esther Gordillo, stating that "the executive is responsible for what the judicial service decides, but that decision belongs to the judiciary. the Attorney General provided the new elements, but the judiciary applied the new criteria and the judge ruled that these documents could only be provided with the permission of a judge. & # 39;
He acknowledged that he has differences with the teacher & # 39 ;, which he & # 39; institutional & # 39; treated and with whom he & # 39; has found a vision & # 39; in the field of education, "but that has nothing to do with the accusation with evidence provided by its own trade union and the financial secretariat," he emphasized.
And he defended:
"It did not coincide with me, stopped her, kept her in jail or freed her, I had nothing to do, I discovered when she was released, they expect the president to have all the information, but it is not like that."
The trend was reversed in safety
As far as security is concerned, the president said that when his government began, & # 39; greater performance & # 39; were delivered, but then the trend returned, which he attributed to a lack of coordination with the state governments.
"From the middle of the six-year period to the present, we propose greater coordination, but half the administration changes governments in most countries and it was not possible to resume that coordination.
"The diagnosis remains the same, we have a clear picture of how the criminal groups work, the diagnosis was correct, the effort was correct, but inadequate, no laws were passed, it was not coordinated with state governments, but I do not spread the blame. 39;
He also acknowledged that organized crime continues to grow, that the drug consumption market is still in high demand and that Mexico is still a transit country.
"I have always believed that in order for the security strategy to succeed, we should invest more, but we had no margin," he explained.
As regards corruption, which according to his government was part of the Mexican culture, Peña Nieto said that he did not belittle the problem and that he did attach importance to it.
The problem, he said, became very important during the campaign of the presidential candidates in this year's election and, according to him, there was "an institutional strengthening to really create a legal framework that allows or actually contributes to the closing of spaces for corruption."
Efforts failed, however, to reverse the perception of corruption around the PRI and "what still exists to combat corruption, which I believe it was here to stay, was insufficient to change this perception."
From the cases of the PRI ex-governors of Chihuahua, César Duarte; Veracruz, Javier Duarte and Quintana Roo, Roberto Borge, named by him as the image of the new PRI, said that he could not "speak for someone and be a business stigmatizing the party.
"Yes it is true, they were stigmatized, they were rulers who came in, I warned that this was the new face of the PRI, with a new generation that was going to exercise this responsibility and that was part of the transformation that the PRI went through but because there were signs of people within the party, there were also other political parties.
"I think no one has escaped any political expression, no, I also believe that we live in an era where every time that accompanies us is transparency, because we live authentically in a display case, I believe that what we do, what we do and more we have or are public figures are respected.
"And I think that social networks now show you practically what you do, how you do it, and how well! From there, many assumptions and accusations are also fair without support and without food," he added.