Regarding the murder, last Monday, of two Jesuit priests and another individual inside a church in Cerocahui, Chihuahua, in the Sierra Tarahumara, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said yesterday, among other things:
“That area of the mountains has long been infiltrated, penetrated, dominated by crime (…) crimes have been committed like what happened at Creel Station, in 2008, when a commando broke into a meeting and killed 13 people ( …) This criminal identified as the person responsible for the murders, because he is even identified by one of the priests, has also been charged with an arrest warrant since 2018 (…) This thing from the mountains of Chihuahua, which hurts so much, well this does not it emerged now, this comes from long ago, when there was a complete collusion between the authorities and crime. Or has this gentleman just started his criminal career? No, and he surely he was tolerated. And the Jesuits know this well, and those who live in Urique know it very well, and those who live in Chinipas and Creel know perfectly well in Batopilas, in Morelos, they know very well how this whole organization and collusion with authorities. So, it is a process. A lot of progress is being made, but there is still a long way to go”.
As is his custom, AMLO blamed those who preceded him in office for the problems that his government has been unable to solve until now, such as the violence that exists in the Sierra Tarahumara, in Chihuahua and in many other places in the country.
It has worked well for the president, so far, to blame former presidents for the pile of problems he inherited from them. However, after 3 years, 6 months and 23 days in office, it is already clear that his strategy against crime has had little success.
The alleged murderer of the three individuals in Cerocahui is a drug trafficker who belongs to the Sinaloa Cartel who, as Andrés Manuel said, “has been charged with an arrest warrant since 2018” and that the FGR, headed by a man he absolutely trusts , has been unable to capture.
Within only 2 years 3 months and 8 days the president will finish his mandate. Time is running out for him to show that his promises as candidate and president were not just lies.
For example, on January 2, 2018, as a candidate for the presidency of the coalition Together We Will Make History (Morena-PT-PES), he promised to pacify the country in three years. This is how he said it: “I am going to achieve peace, that is my commitment, I am going to achieve peace and I am going to end the war, we are not going to continue with the same strategy that has not given results (…) Halfway through the six-year term there will be no more war”.
Six years earlier, in February 2012, as presidential candidate of the Progressive Movement (PRD-PT-MC) coalition, he assured that if he won the election in just six months he would return the Army to its barracks: “You must not continue exposing yourself to the Army, nor undermine it; return it as the police become more professional and that will take us six months, as long as the new federal police is in charge of guaranteeing security.”
Like it or not, Andrés Manuel will be remembered by history for his successes, but also for his failures and unfulfilled promises.
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