Since he became President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) pledged to combat corruption and all kinds of acts of influentialism, however, in 2020, members of his cabinet and his own relatives were involved in scandals.
Last August, the Latinus site released videos in which it is observed Pío López Obrador, brother of the chief executive, receiving money from David León, former national coordinator of Civil Protection, supposedly for the 2018 electoral campaign.
About, AMLO revealed that he knew about the existence of the videos, for which he rejected that his brother was involved in an act of corruption, he also clarified that the money received corresponds to the payment of contributions to his movement.
“I knew about these videos for five or six days, David León spoke to me because he had received a call where they warned him, and I told him to face the complaint and tell the truth,” said López Obrador in the ‘morning’ of the August 21.
Who is Pío López Obrador, AMLO’s brother involved in a video scandal?
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– Formula Group (@Radio_Formula) August 21, 2020
Pío was not the only member of López Obrador’s family who starred in an alleged corruption case, but also his cousin Felipa Obrador Olán, who would have received millionaire contracts from Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex).
At the beginning of December, the journalist Carlos Loret de Mola announced that the company Litoral Laboratorios Industriales, owned by Obrador Olán, would have won contracts with Pemex, which add up to more than 365 million pesos in the last two years.
After the case was made known, the Chief Executive indicated that the corresponding investigation would be carried out and stated that if any of his relatives, even one of his children, incurs an act of corruption, he should be tried, as he indicated that this will mark the difference of his government with the previous ones.
“I have already said that I do not belong to myself, I cannot fail the people, corruption, influentialism, nepotism, none of those scourges of politics, we are not the same,” he said.
🚨 Pemex announces cancellation of contracts with Felipa Obrador, AMLO’s cousin https://t.co/p3tkcydHyK pic.twitter.com/857IQb42Xf
– Formula Group (@Radio_Formula) December 6, 2020
Millionaire contracts and alleged failures in wealth declaration
The director of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), Manuel Bartlett He was also involved in an act of corruption, after his son León Manuel Bartlett Álvarez received a millionaire contract from the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) of Hidalgo.
In May, Mexicanos Contra la Corrupción y la Impunidad (MCCI) announced that the IMSS of Hidalgo assigned the company Cyber Robotics Solutions, owned by Manuel Bartlett’s son, a contract for 31 million pesos for 20 respiratory ventilators.
“Each equipment was sold for one million 550 thousand pesos, which is the highest price since the health emergency was declared by Covid-19,” said MCCI.
AMLO orders an investigation to León Manuel Bartlett Álvarez, son of Manuel Bartlett; “If he is guilty, he must be punished,” he warns
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– Formula Group (@Radio_Formula) May 4, 2020
Another member of López Obrador’s cabinet who was in the ‘eye of the hurricane’ was the head of the Ministry of Public Function (SFP), Irma Eréndira Sandoval and her husband Jhon Ackerman, an academic at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
“Interest groups” behind the campaign against Eréndira Sandoval: López-Gatell
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– Formula Group (@Radio_Formula) June 21, 2020
At the end of June, the journalist Carlos Loret de Mola pointed out that the official had concealed properties for 60 million pesos in her assets.
John Ackerman furious with Loret de Mola; will demand it in Mexico and the US for reporting
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– Formula Group (@Radio_Formula) June 23, 2020
AMLO denies impunity in the Cienfuegos case
The relationship with Washington raised doubts on November 17, when the United States Department of Justice announced that it would drop the charges of Salvador Cienfuegos, former head of the Mexican Army (2012-2018), arrested for drug trafficking in Los Angeles on October 15.
“There is nothing hidden, we act based on principles and what was done in this case was to intervene in political and diplomatic matters, to express our disagreement,” said López Obrador the next day.
Cienfuegos would have been released in exchange for Mexico turning over a drug lord: Reuters https://t.co/Yfl9dyGrzF pic.twitter.com/n3PPwSnFKG
– Formula Group (@Radio_Formula) November 21, 2020
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