*** Mexican President Explains Situation of The Treasury
By Mary de la RIVERA And Luis J. ENRIQUEZ / EL UNIVERSO / The UNIVERSE News.
Mexico, City.- President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that with the 50 billion pesos owed by 15 large companies to the Treasury, three million credits could be given to small businesses, instead of the million considered for the crisis by the Covid-19.
Although, he pledged that these resources would be used for this purpose, he said that they would also serve to buy 40,000 fans to care for serious ill people from Covid-19.
Previously, he said that Mexico is in a position to have 8,000 intensive care beds to attend to seriously ill patients, and we are going to have more.
At the National Palace, he reported that yesterday he had the list of the 15 major debtors handed over to the leader of the Business Coordinating Council (CCE), Carlos Salazar, so that “in one of those, he could help us collect. For legal reasons he cannot give the names, but perhaps the business leader will do so.”
“It would be an extraordinary contribution from the CCE to help us collect, it would be a global example of support, of solidarity, he said, after questioning his opponents campaign to make his government ‘do badly’ despite the health emergency.”
“There is an obsessive, sickly, irrational interest in the return of the corrupt regime that prevailed… that’s why the attacks,” the President stressed.
“If the consortiums pay half of their tax debts – 25 billion pesos – he said, there would be one million more credits for small businesses. For the rest of their debts, we see the possibility of removing surcharges, fines. What can no longer be done is to cancel them,” said the President.
The President asked the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard, to do the math on how many fans could be acquired with the resources. Around 20,000 with 50 percent of the debt, but “if they paid the 50 billion pesos it would be 40,000. It would be enough for everything, equipment for intensive therapy, masks, everything,” the president emphasized.
In the Treasury Room, he questioned the media campaign against him. But “we are doing well” with the strategy established for the Covid-19 pandemic.”
“If you compare it with what has happened in other countries. Of course, this is not the time to make the review, the balance, but the day will come… This will pass and it is not time for complaints, depressions, but for integrity and to say we are going forward”.