The Minister of Labor and Employment Promotion tried to justify two police officers bending down to tie his pins, a fact that has generated a series of criticisms.
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Alejandro Salas referred to the criticism against President Pedro Castillo after a policeman bent down to tie his shoes during a tour of San Martin | Photo: Presidency/Archive
The Minister of Labor and Employment Promotion, Alejandro Salas, affirmed that the President of the Republic, Pedro Castillo, told him that he was wearing a bulletproof vest that prevents him from bending down to tie his shoes and that it was not due to any low back pain .
In this way, the head of the MTPE tried to justify the fact that two police officers bent down to tie his pins, an act that has generated a series of criticisms and even a statement from the Ombudsman's Office.
Salas Zegarra also stated that Castillo Terrones himself revealed that he has been receiving threats against his life, which is why he decided to use said special protection.
“What he has told me is that he is now wearing a bulletproof vest that does not allow him the flexibility to bend down. He states that he has been receiving threats lately. I understand that they must be for messages”, he expressed.
“It worried me. I told him: 'President, you are such a simple person that you must even have low back pain that you cannot bend over. 'No, it's not that -he told me-, it's not low back pain, it's nothing like that, I'm wearing a bulletproof vest that prevents me from bending down'”, added.
The Minister of Labor and Employment Promotion, Alejandro Salas, stated that President Pedro Castillo told him that he was wearing a bulletproof vest that prevents him from bending down to tie his shoes and that it was not due to any lower back pain. (Video: Panamericana TV)
President Pedro Castillo referred to the criticism he received after a police officer bent down to tie his shoe and stated that the cash in question wanted to prevent his lower back pain from worsening and offered to perform the task.
Through his Twitter account , expressed his “absolute respect”to the work of the Police and all the workers in the country. He also regretted that a voluntary action of the security cash had been misconstrued.
“Never I asked or forced the police officer to do so. And I couldn't do it myself because I've been wearing a bulletproof vest for a while to protect my life from any risk or threat”, he said.
“It was a fortuitous event that is being misunderstood and used by my political opponents to further tarnish my image”, he added.
Finally, Castillo thanked the Ombudsman's Office and other institutions for their concern regarding this fact, which he described as “anecdotal”. He reiterated that “there was not, nor is there any mistreatment, nor discrimination”.