President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) held his morning conference today, covering a range of topics from energy self-sufficiency to urban development plans. With his usual style, the President shared important updates and reiterated his commitment to transparency and people-centric governance.
At the conference, AMLO emphasized the current oil production by Pemex, assuring the public that the public company has been strengthened. This achievement allows Mexico to guarantee energy self-sufficiency. He also highlighted that some companies are returning mining concessions due to the requirement of paying taxes, which affects their profits. Furthermore, the President assured that no new concessions for the exploitation of energy resources have been granted during his administration.
Shifting the focus to urban development, AMLO stressed the importance of placing nature at the center of development policies. He mentioned the urban development plan being analyzed in Puebla, which stems from the potential growth of the automotive industry. He praised the decision to build the AIFA (Airport City) in the limits of the State of Mexico and Hidalgo, mentioning the positive impact on foreign investments. The President revealed that the location of the airport in Santa Lucia had received criticism, while Tizayuca remained unprotested due to interests that had silenced the media.
Regarding urban development plans nationwide, AMLO urged the respect and application of such plans, particularly in areas experiencing regional changes caused by the arrival of large companies like Tesla. He stressed the need to protect the environment and prevent the destruction of territory. The President also mentioned the Torre Centro construction in the Port of Veracruz as an example of progress achieved through influential efforts.
Addressing corruption, AMLO called on the public to denounce alleged corrupt acts by public officials. He reiterated that his administration has the moral authority to confront the opposition due to its lack of interest in personal wealth. The President also commented on access to voluntary abortion, stating that the IMSS in Veracruz must comply with legal mandates.
Another significant announcement made by AMLO was his meeting with the Secretary of Transportation of the United States to discuss the return of Category 1 in air safety, which has not yet been granted to the AICM (Mexico City International Airport). The President questioned how the airport could lose Category 1 status when it previously maintained it during the period when drug trafficking had control over the facility.
AMLO also addressed an alleged extrajudicial execution by the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. He expressed his disapproval, stating that such actions should not be allowed. The President assured the public that investigations would take place and emphasized that there would be no cover-up, as his administration values accountability.
Discussing potential presidential candidates for the 2024 elections, AMLO mentioned Marcelo Ebrard, Claudia Sheinbaum, Ricardo Monreal, and Adán Augusto as individuals aspiring to run. He highlighted the democratic process within his party, Morena, stating that there would be no imposition or appointment by appointment. The President emphasized the importance of consulting top officials and involving the people in the decision-making process. He urged the opposition to abandon pretensions of superiority and adopt a more humane approach to politics.
In the 'Who's Who in the Lies of the Week' segment, the President's spokesperson denied false claims regarding the dilution of Pfizer vaccines against COVID-19. The spokesperson also refuted allegations that the National Intelligence Center influenced the balance of the State of Mexico's gubernatorial election. AMLO criticized the media for spreading disinformation during the recent elections in Coahuila and the State of Mexico, accusing them of favoring the opposition.
Finally, AMLO discussed priority water projects, including the Lake Texcoco Ecological Park, the Libertad Dam in Nuevo León, and the El Cuchillo II Aqueduct. These projects aim to improve water access, generate employment opportunities, and enhance environmental sustainability.
As the conference came to an end, President López Obrador called for a people-centered approach, denounced corruption, and emphasized the importance of transparency in governance. The morning conference left the public with a clearer understanding of the government's agenda and ongoing initiatives.