The president gave his second speech before Congress for the National Holiday on his first year in office.
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Pedro Castillo during his message for July 28 in Congress. Photo: Presidency/
The President Pedro Castillo He offered this Wednesday, July 28, before the Congress of the Republic his speech for National Holidays. During his message, which lasted almost two hours, the president tried to defend his government and reject charges of corruption.
In particular, in the first part, the president affirmed that he had obstacles from the beginning of his government and blamed the media for misinforming about his government and about the accusations of corruption that weigh on him and his entourage, despite the five investigations prosecutors in process.
The version of Pedro Castillo's speech distributed to congressmen included, towards the end, two requests. One was a summons to “citizens who are fugitives from justice and the country demands their appearance, to surrender to the authorities, because Peru wants to know the truth.”
Currently, his nephew Fray Vásquez and his former minister Juan Silva are fugitives for the Puente Tarata Case, for which the president is also being investigated.
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Preliminary version of the speech that was circulated while Pedro Castillo was speaking before Congress
However, in the end he asked to “make a frontal fight against corruption and that the Congress of the Republic works on the proposed bills, which I present in this act”, amid the cries of the opposition against the president.
Official version of the speech released by the Government Palace
These are 20 phrases left by President Pedro Castillo's speech to Congress in his first year in office.
"I started this administration surrounded by unfounded negative omens that began the same day of our electoral victory and, it is necessary to specify, it came from the most conservative sectors that never wanted change or social justice”.
"Despite receiving a country that is emerging from the storm of the Covid-19 pandemic with more than 230,000 deceased Peruvians; and, to the chagrin of those who believe they own the country, we keep moving forward"
“It does not matter that those who should also inform, have hidden and ignore our achievements and are dedicated to defaming and lying, accusing us without any evidence and demanding, in a perverse inversion of the elementary principles of Law, that we prove our innocence.” p>
"The fear and fear of the great traditional political and economic powers of the changes that are needed is inexplicable.
"This first year I have received a slap on the cheek from those who did not accept losing legitimately in the presidential elections with the conscious vote of the people. But, in this second year I am not going to turn the other cheek; but to extend a hand to work together.”
"It has hidden what we have done in these twelve months, as today I am going to demonstrate. We are going to continue working and building our country"
"I must admit that we have made mistakes with some appointments, as well as providing confidence to those who took advantage and made fun of it.”
"Let's make every effort to restore confidence in the justice system, even when the de facto powers and the oligarchy are determined to undermine the people's government.”
"Insults and teasing will not make me back down, on the contrary, they strengthen my iron conviction that we will recover from this crisis that is plaguing us because the interest of Peru and my compatriots comes first.”
“Even when my family is insulted on a daily basis and the majesty of the presidency of the Republic is offended, I submit to justice to clarify the crimes that are intended to be imputed to me, with respect for due process and not media justice” .
“My duty is to always tell the truth, just as my parents taught me, so I will fully collaborate within the framework of our Constitution.”
"The media has mostly seen to it that we remain uninformed. Is information about Peru's economic growth spread? Is it known that Peru is the country that has grown the most in the region?".
"To the The media, determined to destabilize the government, are not interested in spreading the achievements. Only lies and false news about Pedro Castillo, accused of corruption without any evidence, are broadcast. They are going to get tired of looking for evidence because they are not going to find it.”
"They destabilize and They claim the vacancy not because of a lack of results or because of non-existent accusations that they will never prove, but for defending their private interests and for avoiding the changes that my government is determined to comply with.”
"It is time Peru demands it, to work together in favor of Peruvian women and men who have elected us; not to discuss issues that only favor a few".
“We want a transformation that suits even those who oppose it. In this globalized and modern world, a country bent by corruption, by shady business, by the selfish interests of elites with economic power, is of no use to anyone.”
"I ask you to join me in this crusade to continue with the changes that the country needs. Before you, congressmen present here […], I summon you so that we do not disappoint Peruvians and fight together.”
"It is time to talk and understand each other, above our differences, political, ideological and religious positions, our prejudices, sympathies or antagonisms".
"I summon you to work together and make history and thus achieve that in these lands we all have the same opportunities and we can reach the next generations a country in which they see each other as brothers”.
"I do not want end without making two requests: to make a frontal fight against corruption and that the Congress of the Republic work on the proposed bills, which I present in this act and, having a witness, I deliver. Long live Peru. Long live the Peruvian people.”
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