In a lively morning conference filled with AMLO's candid remarks, the President of Mexico announced a breakthrough in restoring the country's rail transportation system. With animated gestures and a distinct sense of excitement, AMLO shared the news that the passenger railroads, lost to privatization under a previous administration, were making a triumphant return.
"It's time to have communication again, just like in the good old days, when trains crisscrossed our beautiful nation," declared AMLO, as he invited his audience to join him for breakfast. Unveiling his ambitious plan, he expressed his desire to deliver 2,000 kilometers of railroads with passenger trains by the end of his term—a historic feat not witnessed for decades.
AMLO passionately highlighted the strategic significance of reviving the rail system, which he described as crucial for national security and the preservation of Mexican sovereignty. He lamented the misguided decision to privatize the railroads during Ernesto Zedillo's administration, emphasizing that it was time to rectify this mistake.
With the enthusiasm of a child unwrapping a long-awaited gift, AMLO revealed that an agreement had been reached with Grupo Mexico, a major mining corporation, to return a key section of the southeastern railroad track in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. This concession, spanning 128 kilometers, marked a crucial step towards regaining full control over the southeastern rail network.
Explaining the details, AMLO highlighted that the Navy would operate the entire Isthmus railroad, to preserve national security. Additionally, the ports of Chiapas, Salina Cruz, Coatzacoalcos, and Dos Bocas would fall under the responsibility of the Navy's public company. This comprehensive plan aimed to strengthen Mexico's connectivity and economic potential in the southeastern region.
To ensure a fair agreement, an independent valuation by Indaabin, a government agency, determined the compensation for the concession. The sum of 836 million 894 thousand pesos was calculated based on the original concession's value, adjusted for inflation, and extended for an additional eight years.
AMLO proudly declared, "We have recovered more than 2,000 kilometers of railroads under concession, a significant victory for our nation." The return of this strategic asset to the Mexican people represented a milestone in reclaiming their sovereignty and securing their future.
As AMLO addressed concerns from journalists, he underscored the importance of maintaining Mexico's territorial integrity in the face of historic challenges. He spoke passionately about the narrow strip of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, which had long been coveted for its geopolitical significance. To protect the nation's interests, the region was declared a zone of national security and public utility.
With a touch of humor, AMLO alluded to the past attempts to create a separate Republic of the Gulf due to the interests surrounding the area. He emphasized that Mexico's determination to safeguard its resources and maintain control over its strategic assets remained unwavering.
Amid the railroads' triumphant return, AMLO also touched upon various development projects across the nation. From the modernization of refineries and ports to the construction of industrial parks, he painted a picture of a country bustling with progress and ambition.
AMLO acknowledged the challenges ahead and reiterated his commitment to the Mexican people. Addressing security concerns, he emphasized the need to fight crime impartially and avoid past mistakes of favoritism or complicity.
In his signature style, AMLO dismissed misleading narratives propagated by biased media outlets, expressing his confidence in the progress his administration had made. With a mischievous twinkle in his eye, AMLO continued to dismantle the distorted narratives that had plagued his government. Refusing to be swayed by biased journalism, he presented evidence-backed facts to counter the misleading claims.
Addressing the issue of security, AMLO proudly displayed a slide that showcased the significant reduction in homicides in Tamaulipas since his administration took office. The chart revealed a downward trend, highlighting the effectiveness of their comprehensive security strategy. He firmly stated, "Tamaulipas is better off today than when the previous governor was in power. The evidence speaks for itself."
AMLO didn't shy away from criticizing the media's role in perpetuating false narratives. He highlighted the lack of impartiality in mainstream media outlets and the importance of seeking information from reliable sources. He remarked, "There is a dire need for unbiased information in Mexico. We must be vigilant and discerning in our consumption of news."
Drawing attention to the responsibility of the Mexican State in guaranteeing peace and tranquility, AMLO emphasized that the creation of self-defense groups, a flawed approach of the past, would not be repeated. He firmly declared, "We will not abdicate our responsibility to protect the people. The peace and security of the nation lie in our hands."
With an air of determination, AMLO reiterated his commitment to supporting families searching for their missing loved ones and combating crime. He assured the public that no alternative plans would supersede the government's responsibility to uphold justice and restore peace.