On December 8th, Governor Rutilio Escandon Cadenas presented his first government report to the local Congress, mayors and special guests, including the Deputy Secretary of the Interior, Ricardo Peralta Saucedo, personal representative of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) at the event . He reported on the progress made in his first year of government, after winning the state elections on July 1st, 2018, as a candidate of the National Regeneration Movement (Morena), Labor Party (PT) and Social Encounter (PES) around the following axes: effective and honest government; social welfare; education, science and culture; economic and competitive development, and biodiversity and sustainable development.
“In Chiapas there is governance and the rule of law prevails,” he emphasized, in addition to declaring that “we are a government that favors permanent dialogue with all social sectors and where there is justice for everyone.” He assured that “the ostentation of the rulers is over; the times of the onerous politicians for the state are over; today is the time to show love to Chiapas and the country, with respect to human rights and democracy.” He declared that, at the beginning of his administration, he found the state coffers almost empty, “but we are fulfilling the payment of the obligations contracted by previous governments, thanks to a policy of healthy public finances and fiscal discipline.” He said that one of the achievements as a result of the strategies of the Security Bureau, “is the recovery of invaded properties and real estate, as more than 32 thousand hectares have been rescued, between privately owned real estate and protected natural reserves.” He said that in Chiapas the incidence of crime fell and impunity is over. He said that “the tourist infrastructure generated revenues exceeding 18 million pesos, we hope to close with almost two million passengers by air in the state and with 300 million pesos we remodeled the Angel Albino Corzo airport and improved the road network.” He invited us to “maintain optimism and good disposition; to govern is to serve and work for the people.”
Some media published critical assessments regarding the performance of the Escandon Cadenas government in the area of human rights and security. Regarding criminal incidence, although the governor presumed significant achievements, the Citizen Observatory of Chiapas (OCCH), in its report on criminality in the first year of the municipal government of Tuxtla Gutierrez, San Cristobal de las Casas and Tapachula, warned that the three demarcations recorded high impact crimes with rates above the national average. These media also noted that, of the 24 human rights defenders killed between December 1st 2018 to date, six were in Chiapas; and that there has been a “notable rebound” of intimidation and aggression towards the defenders of life and territory. They also stressed that in its Follow-up Report of Recommendations, Chiapas appears as one of the ten main authorities mentioned, including one on measures in favor of migrants in transit along the southern border of Mexico.
For more information in Spanish:
“En Chiapas prevalece el estado de derecho”: Rutilio Escandón (La Jornada, 8 de diciembre de 2019)
En Chiapas se terminaron los privilegios, dice Rutilio Escandón en primer informe de gobierno (SDP Noticias, 8 de diciembre de 2019)
Rutilio Escandón presenta su primer informe de gobierno (El Heraldo de Chiapas, 8 de diciembre de 2019)
Presenta Rutilio Escandón informe a un año frente al Gobierno de Chiapas (El Sie7e de Chiapas, 8 de diciembre de 2019)
Violaciones a derechos humanos destacan el Primer Año de Gobierno de Escandón Cadenas (Somos el medio, 8 de diciembre de 2019)
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