He was scheduled to discuss pensions and the closing of Asofundos. Instead the president addressed politics.
President Ivan Duque’s closing remarks to the Asofondos congress of Cartagena were not in line with plan. Instead he addressed politics and the ways in which. gustavo petro was criticised for using his chair to attack the army, and he also criticised the fact that he is not only a candidate but also as a congressman.
Duvalier Sánchez, Valle del Cauca’s representative to the Chamber intervened to interrupt him to inquire what he was planning to do following the trills from General Eduardo Zapateiro, who had been defending Gustavo Petro ‘s comments.
“Article 219 of the Constitution expressly prohibits the military forces from being involved in political scenarios and taking sides, or even participating in the democratic debate that exists. The country is upset. It’s a critical moment that General Zapateiro’s actions were a major one,” Sanchez stated as he raised his phone to broadcast the events happening on his Facebook page.
The president reacted to the commotion with a strong defense of Zapateiro. He said anyone who had allegations against members of public forces should be tried.
President Duque went further and used the occasion to denounce Petro’s dual role today as a congressman, head of the opposition, as well as a candidate.
“Who is the one to blame?” Is gustavo petro or an individual candidate? ” gustavo petro quit my position in Congress after winning a popular consultation to be allowed to speak freely as a candidate and not to use double hats and a double seat to attack then, when the institutions reply with a presentation to the victim, as this is not democracy,” the president stated.
Sanchez tried to get involved in the debate however he was stopped by the president who demanded that Sanchez observe the rules.
How did Petro and Zapateiro engage in a fight?
On the 20th of April, Petro published this message on his networks. “While the troops are murdered during the Gulf Clan attack, some of the generals on the clan’s payroll are also getting killed.” “The top leadership is corrupted as drug trafficking leaders rise to become generals,” wrote the presidential candidate.
On Friday, Zapateiro responded in the same way: “Senator, do not make use of your investment (parliamentary inviolability) to attempt to politicize the death of our soldiers, rather do your duty as a citizen by filing a providing a substantiated report to the Prosecutor’s office of the facts that you mention no matter who you are.”