AL DÍA: ¿Qué opinan? Firmas del día: 8/6/12

Each morning, we will bring you an assortment of op-ed pieces from major Mexican dailies.

La Jornada

Clase Política Miguel Ángel Rivera, “México, ‘referente digno’:” Although he denied that the legislature is immobilized; Francisco Rojas Gutiérrez, said that he believed that during the next presidency Mexico would recuperate its dynamism and become one of the most dignified actors in the international arena…The electoral process advances with normality and conforms to the stages proscribed in the law, so says  Manlio Fabio Beltrones the current PRI coordinator in the Senate who may become the next director of the federal deputies.


Jorge Fernández Menéndez, “Villanueva: “Sí lavé dinero:”” A long time ago, in 1999, Mario Villanueva Madrid handed over the government of Quintana Roo to his successor Joaquín Hendricks.  Over many years Fernández Menéndez had investigated and published about the relationships between then-governor Villanueva with narcotics traffickers and criminals.  Villanueva had warned him to stop publishing these articles, and threatened him, but towards the end of his governorship it became evident that the governor had no support among his fellow PRI party members.  It was at that point that Villanueva went to visit Fernández Menéndez and told him that everything he had written was correct, that he had received money and helped people enter Mexico illegally, but that he was not a narcotics trafficker.  He then asked Fernández Menéndez to help him, at which point the journalist told him that he was not the one accusing him but that it was the federal government, the Secretary of Defense and the United States government which was in the process of trying him in absentia for narcotics trafficking.  Villanueva subsequently fled the country after handing over power to Cuba, then Panama then Costa Rica, a few years later he was arrested after re-entering Mexico and was subsequently extradited to the United States to stand trial in New York.  Last week, 13 years after he visited Fernández Menéndez, he pleaded guilty saying that he had laundered money for organized crime, and is now awaiting sentencing; they estimate that he will receive 20 years in prison… Fernández Menéndez finds it interesting that as Villanueva pleaded guilty, the news emerged that during the trial of the currently incarcerated military officers, one of the main events will be the confession of a protected witness, (Edgar Valdez Villareal aka La Barbie) who will testify that in 2007 the defendants allowed 13 airplanes with 3 ½ tons of cocaine each to land in the Cancun airport…


Templo Mayor: President Calderón will attend the plenary meeting of the elected PAN officials; The PRD is divided between two opposing groups with strong opinions about the qualification of the presidential election results; Gerardo Fernández Noroña has announced that he will be establishing a new political party, the Libertarian Left Movement.

El Universal

Bajo Reserva, “Canibalismo en le PAN”: It seems as if Gustavo Madero and President Felipe Calderón are on a collision course; The PRI will announce this week who their leaders in the Federal Congress will be; Sinaloa Governor, Mario López, has turned his support towards Enrique Peña Nieto, stating that his pact was with Marcelo Ebrard not Andrés Manuel López Obrador.


Trascendió:  The new governors of Morelos, Tabasco and Mayor Mancera in the DF have said that they will not support AMLO’s protests after December…The joint denunciation by the PRD and the PAN before the PGR in the Monex case has not yet occurred and they do not know when it will, what they do know is that the PDR’s director, Zambrano, is not happy that his counterpart in the PAN, Madero, has said that his party needs to resolve some internal issues first.






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