The Chief of Staff blames a section of the media and Parliament for not speaking the truth. He says there is “excessive freedom of the press.”
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Torres denied having promoted violent acts against Congress during an official event at the Palace. (Photo: Hugo Pérez/GEC)
The Prime Minister Aníbal Torres appeared on Thursday the 18th before Congress to defend himself against accusations of inciting violence against that power of the State.
Backed by his Cabinet, Torres denied that he had incited the population, victimized himself again and evaded self-criticism.
The Prime Minister blamed “a sector of the media and Congress” for not speaking the truth, inciting the vacancy or resignation of President Pedro Castillo, and hiding information.
Furthermore, he assured: “There is excessive freedom of the press even to insult, defame, slander. There is excessive freedom of the press in Peru and that is fully guaranteed.”.
Then, the Minister of Labor, Alejandro Salas , addressed the plenary with a similar speech. “We would like to have interviews as comfortable as those who are against the Government” , he said.
After these interventions, the parliamentary opposition questioned the position of the representatives of the Executive.
Congressman Roberto Chiabra, from the Alliance for Progress, pointed out that the president and his ministers must account to the country for the questions that currently weigh against them, instead of betting on victimization.
Chiabra recalled that the head of state faces six fiscal investigations for alleged criminal organization, influence peddling and other crimes.
Meanwhile, legislator Carlos Anderson, not grouped, accused the prime minister of “torturing the truth” to deny that he incited various social groups to mobilize against Parliament during an official activity at the Government Palace, on August 10.
That time, Torres proposed to union leaders to “bring 50 people each to Lima” to bring “the coup plotters” “to their knees.”
But on Thursday, the prime minister said: “What I am saying is that the people have the right to defend themselves.”
Torres also stated on August 10 that the demonstrations would force “the coup plotters” to draft a new Constitution “that benefits everyone.”
Yesterday before the plenary session, he insisted that the population demands the installation of a constituent assembly for the elaboration of a new Magna Carta, and added that the media “do not transmit what the population shouts.”
< p itemprop="description" class="story-contents__font-paragraph">According to a survey by Ipsos Peru last June, 29% of Peruvians consider that the Constitution should be totally reformed, 25% agree with partial changes, 18% indicate that it should remain unchanged and another 25% He said he was not sufficiently informed to give an opinion.
During his speech before the plenary session, Torres recalled that the first vice president of Congress, Martha Moyano, of Fuerza Popular, incited carriers to block traffic and generate vehicular chaos, as was known in November of last year with the broadcast of a video. Moyano responded that he was not a congressman when he spoke that way.
The prime minister also recalled that the spokesman for Popular Renovation, Jorge Montoya, stated that the presidential vacancy “is going to have its share of blood possibly”.
At another time, Torres, Salas and the Minister of Justice, Félix Chero, spoke of working in consensus with Congress, with a “country agenda.” But the opposition accused them of “protecting a president who is eventually going to end up in jail.” Before the plenary session, congressman Diego Bazán, from Avanza País, announced that his group will seek censorship from the prime minister.
During the parliamentary debate, congresswoman Flor Pablo proposed the advancement of general elections as a way out of the political crisis.
The Popular Action spokesman, Elvis Vergara, announced the presentation of a bill along the same lines, “to leave us all”, although There is already one presented by the second vice president of Parliament, Digna Calle, from Podemos.
In his video column “Cuéntame Otra” this Tuesday, the political analyst and journalist, Fernando Vivas, refers to the situation of President Pedro Castillo's sister-in-law, Yenifer Paredes, who did not attend the summons from the prosecutor's office investigating her for alleged influence peddling.