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First report of federal legislator Ricardo Villarreal

By Antonio De Jesús Aguado

Before mayors of the second district of Guanajuato, which includes San José Iturbide, Dolores, Comonfort, San Luis de la Paz and San Miguel de Allende, federal legislator Ricardo Villarreal presented his first report of activities in the Congreso de la Unión (Federal Congress). Among those present were Luis Alberto Villarreal, who talked about an accusation of extortion against him.

The report began with a video where some citizens thanked him for some received support, such as laparoscopic surgeries, among others. After the video, Ricardo Villarreal talked about the achievements of his party (PAN) in the Congreso de la Unión. Among those achievements he highlighted the approval of the new labor law, which allows men to get a paternal license of leave for five days in order to help their wives after hospitalization. This reform will also help young people to get a job more easily through training programs.

The representative of the second district at the Congreso de la Unión informed that the federal legislators of his party had approved a new law of transparency for labor unions, which did not exist before, with the result that the presidents of those unions used to work in favor of their own interests and not those of the members. They also passed a new accounting law, which will force local and state governments to publish the expenses and budget to the general public, and not through a request, as the Federal Law of Transparency, approved in 2003, stated.

His group, he remarked, also approved a new educational reform that will guarantee the best education for students in the country, ending the practice in the past whereby school positions were rented or sold, something that went unchecked in the previous system. Finally, he highlighted their opposition to the recently passed tax reform, which would add a 15 percent tax to tuition payments as well as to pets’ food. The reform was approved and it applies the iva to sweet beverages as well as payments of foreign transportation.

Ricardo Villarreal, along with his brother, Luis Alberto Villarreal, is currently involved in a national scandal, in which, supposedly, several mayors denounced that the brothers requested a10 percent commission for helping them to get resources for public works. On this matter, Luis Alberto said that he would not respond to anonymous accusations, and remarked that if those mayors know the law, they must file their criminal complaint at a General Attorney’s Office. “The doors of the Ministerio Público are high enough,” he said.

An article of the Mexican newspaper Reforma was published in mid-November, stating that Luis Alberto Villarreal, supported by his brother Ricardo, was requesting a 10 percent commission for helping the mayors to get federal resources for the construction of public works. A mayor, who asked the newspaper to remain anonymous, explained the modus operandi of the legislators.

The extortion, according to Reforma, occurred at the end of 2012, when Villarreal took control of more than 1,150 million pesos of the federal budget.


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