After it became known in May that Pedro Castillo's nephews and relatives entered through gate 6, exclusively for him, the presidential office approved a new provision on access to the residence.
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The Government Palace changed the rule after revealing irregular entries through gate 6 (Photo: Renzo Salazar)
Weeks after El Comercio revealed, last May, that nephews and relatives of Pedro Castillo entered the Government Palacewithout being officially registered at gate 6 for meetings at the official residence, the presidential office approved a rule that introduced particular changes to the access located in Jirón de la Unión, which was for the exclusive use of the president, his wife and children.
This is Directive 001-2022-DP/SG, approved on June 1 through Resolution 000048- 2022-DP/SG, and which bears the signature of General EP José Mariscal Quiroz, current head of the Palace Military House, the body that prepared it.
This document established that the income be called “Access door 'official residence'”, when it was previously known as access 6 or door 6.
The document states that “access is exclusive for the entry and exit of the official domicile (residence) of the President of the Republic, the presidential family and guests.”
The previous directive, from 2017, indicated that only the president and his direct relatives (wife and children) should enter through gate 6. Indirect family members or guests were not considered.
The one for 2017 is Directive 005 -2017-DP/SSG, which was approved during the government of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to unify security criteria on controls in the Palace.
Directive 005 -2017-DP/SSG
Directive 005 -2017-DP/SSG
In May of this year, El Comercio revealed that, between August and November 2021, Palacio hid at least 43 entrances through gate 6 of Gian Marco Castillo Gómez and Fray Vásquez Castillo, the current president's nephews. investigated for being part of an alleged criminal network that irregularly directed works at the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
entrances to the Government Palace. (Infographic: GEC)
Both nephews entered the Government House at least 60 times in different vehicles (such as those of businessman Zamir Villaverde), but only 17 visits were recorded in the official transparency report of the presidential office.
The irregular entries were recorded in the “Puerta garita” notebook, which this newspaper accessed and which recorded the entries and exits of vehicles through that place. This notebook only collected information on entries from June 8 to November 13, 2021.
In the notebook other characters close to the president also appear as entrants, such as the Chotano businessman Abel Cabrera Fernández, who accompanied Castillo in last year's presidential campaign.
Also included is the mayor of Anguía (Chota), José Nenil Medina, currently under preventive detention. As he himself declared before the Special Team of Prosecutors against the Corruption of Power that is investigating him, he entered on more than one occasion through that access without being registered.
On a regular basis, a mayor or official should enter through the Desamparados access, located between the Ancash and Carabaya shreds.
Cabrera and Medina are mentioned as part of the shadow cabinet that met late at night in the Palace and other houses to talk about works related to the housing sector. As an effective collaborator of the prosecution stated, they and businessman Alejandro Sánchez are known as 'Los Chiclayanos'.
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The Tradecommunicated with Kethy Vásquez, Press Director of the Presidency of the Republic, who asked us to send an email with questions on the subject. Until the closing of this edition we did not receive a response.
Last May, the presidential office replied to this newspaper that there was no record of income from door 6 of people close to President Castillo.
The head of the Facilities Security Department, Óscar Gonzales, communicated in writing that “no information was found in this regard.” Formally, there were no income from friends and acquaintances of the president to the presidential residence.
On July 22, when the special team of prosecutors carried out a diligence in the Palace to request the documentation related to the visits of the nephews, of Yenifer Paredes Navarro and other investigated, the lawyer of the Office of Legal Counsel of the Palace mentioned that there was a new directive and that the previous one, in reference to the prepared during the Kuczynski government, “would be repealed”, as stated in the tax act.
At the end of last year, the president's nephews expressed their discomfort because their entrances through gate 6 were recorded for security. It was decided that they would enter by jumping the control of the Casa Militar staff.