In the halls of the morning conference, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) revealed a plethora of curious revelations, ranging from espionage to missing youths, while maintaining his signature rhetoric. Strap on your seatbelts, folks, because this one's a wild ride.
Kicking off the show, AMLO declared his unwavering commitment to a secular state, where no belief reigns supreme. He even showered Pope Francis with accolades, hailing him as the "most consistent" leader transcending religious and political realms. Talk about taking the Holy See to new heights!
But the real plot thickens as the President aimed the Government of Israel, announcing his intent to dispatch a strongly-worded letter. The purpose? To ensure that former Mexican official Tomás Zerón, accused of torture and manipulation in the Ayotzinapa case, isn't given refuge under the protective wing of the Israeli government. Talk about some high-stakes correspondence!
Now, let's shift our attention to the world of espionage. AMLO vigorously denied any allegations of spying on citizens, asserting, "We do not spy on any person or citizen." He boldly pointed fingers at his adversaries, calling them "macaws that hack" and accusing them of receiving foreign funds. Perhaps the plot thickens, or maybe it's all just smoke and mirrors. Who knows?
But wait, there's more! Remember those missing youths from Jalisco? AMLO dropped a bombshell, revealing that initial investigations suggested they might have been involved in some sort of furniture fraud or other illicit activities. The investigation is ongoing, so we'll have to wait for the next episode to see how this puzzle unravels.
Moving on to a more heartwarming topic, the President assured the searching mothers of Mexico that his government has their backs. When threatened, they need not fear, for a protection mechanism exists to shield them from harm. Violence, he emphasized, should never be an alternative. Wise words indeed, Mr. President.
In a bittersweet moment, AMLO expressed his grief over the losses suffered by the army due to organized crime ambushes. He urged the youth to stay away from a life of crime, highlighting the success of programs like 'Jóvenes Construyendo el Futuro', which aims to integrate young people into the labor market. Prevention, it seems, is the key to a brighter future.
Shifting gears to the upcoming elections, AMLO warned that this time it's the people who will decide, not "the money" as in previous elections. Standing strong against attacks on his image, he confidently asserted that his administration is on top because the people have his back. Populist wave, anyone?
Now, let's dive into the world of activism and Ukraine. The President raised eyebrows as he addressed journalist Denise Dresser's recent coverage in Ukraine. While she may have used her Conferencia Mañanera credentials to simulate a representative of the Federal Government, AMLO made it clear that Dresser is not one. But hey, Ukraine and Mexico both feature in the same story? That's an unexpected twist!
Enough drama for one day? Not yet! The Secretary of Security and Citizen Protection, Rosa Icela Rodríguez, dropped a bombshell of her own, informing the public about a chilling case of animal abuse. A video had surfaced, showing a man cruelly tossing a defenseless dog into a pan of boiling oil. The alleged perpetrator could face up to 6 years in prison and a hefty fine. Let's hope justice is served hot and sizzling!
But wait, there's still more news to cover! AMLO delved into various government programs and initiatives aimed at improving the lives of Mexican citizens.
First up, the Finabien cards. The President proudly announced that nearly 5,000 Finabien cards have already been distributed in Mexico, with an additional 5,788 cards reaching beneficiaries in the United States. And guess what? You can even order your Finabien card online in the U.S.! Convenience at its finest, folks.
Next, let's talk about housing. AMLO revealed that over 90% of the beneficiaries for Conavi's housing programs have been identified. With a whopping investment of 4 billion 839 million pesos, more than 67,000 housing actions have been carried out. It seems like the government is building a solid foundation for a brighter future.
Moving on to the production sector, the President shared some promising numbers. Small producers are in for a treat as cards are being delivered to them. By June 19, it is projected that almost 2 million small producers will benefit from this program. The government's commitment to supporting local businesses is certainly commendable.
Education takes center stage with the "La Escuela es Nuestra" program. A staggering 95,000 schools are currently in the process of creating committees to disperse support, with 30,000 schools already receiving cards and payments last April. The government's dedication to empowering educational institutions is truly praiseworthy.
But what about welfare programs? Fear not, because AMLO has got you covered. Scholarships have been delivered to 2.8 million families across all levels of basic education. However, due to ongoing electoral processes in Coahuila and the State of Mexico, support in those states will be dispersed once the elections are over. The government's commitment to fairness and avoiding political interference is truly admirable.
And now, drumroll please, it's time for a special announcement! From June 5th to June 30th, registration for the universal pension for people with disabilities will take place in the states of Oaxaca, Quintana Roo, San Luis Potosí, and Tamaulipas. It's a step towards ensuring that every citizen is included and supported in society.
But that's not all! Vehicle regularization is in full swing, with 152 modules set up across 16 states to regularize foreign cars. So far, a staggering 1 million 477 thousand 274 vehicles have been successfully regularized. And let's not forget the Tianguis del Bienestar (Welfare Market), which continues to benefit vulnerable communities throughout the country. Oaxaca, Guerrero, Veracruz, and Chiapas are already reaping the fruits of this program.
In matters of security, the President provided a snapshot of the National Guard and the Armed Forces deployment. Over 109,000 National Guard elements and more than 146,000 Armed Forces personnel, equipped with an impressive array of vehicles, aircraft, and ships, have been deployed nationwide. Their efforts have resulted in significant drug seizures, including 17 kilograms of fentanyl, 367 kilograms of marijuana, and 0.5 kilograms of opium gum.
And finally, in the fight against impunity, AMLO shared some victories. Recent extraditions of Mexican citizens requested by the US justice system, as well as the arrest of individuals linked to heinous crimes such as violence against the LeBaron, Langford, and Miller families, showcased the government's determination to bring criminals to justice.
With a final flourish, the President concluded his morning conference, leaving us with a renewed sense of hope. One thing is for sure—AMLO knows how to keep us on our toes. Until the next conference, we'll eagerly await what controversies, and triumphs will AMLO bring to the table.
In the meantime, let's reflect on the morning conference that unfolded before our eyes. From discussions on secularism and espionage to tackling animal abuse and promoting welfare programs, AMLO covered a wide range of topics, leaving no stone unturned.