In the morning there were direct allusions to a lawyer from Zacatecas, who received the nickname of “perpetual candidate” and once offered to mediate between liberals and conservatives. It has been clear for a long time that the National Palace does not want anyone in the center, that polarization is the bet.
Nicolás Zúñiga y Miranda was the one mentioned. And he also alluded to the presidential succession at the National Palace press conference. Francisco I. Madero —refuted President Andrés Manuel López Obrador— was a spiritualist, more than a Freemason. Benito Juárez was —he conceded— but more than anticlerical, but not antireligious.
Masons are already a topic of conversation in the Fourth Transformation. Last week, through his office manager, José Antonio de la Vega Asmitia, the Secretary of the Interior, Adán Augusto López Hernández, received a request for an audience from the leaders of the Grand Lodge. Before, the brothers were in the PRI. Now they are plural.
From the National Palace to the Covián Palace, without mediation. López Hernández left the Government Palace in Villahermosa eight months ago to help governability. And since then he has received pure saliva balls … even if that is to the detriment of his cabinet mates.
Upon his arrival in Bucareli there was business in the making. The most significant had to do with the annoyance of foreign investors, who appealed to the rule of law. Some, those from Constellations Brands, had already paid the consequences of an impossible negotiation with the López Obrador government, but decided to stay in Mexico and move to Veracruz, after the disastrous referendum in Mexicali.
Without so much media attention, the investors of the Topolobampo fertilizer plant got the support of local and federal authorities. And the owners of the Cosalá mine reluctantly accepted that Napoleón Gómez Urrutia’s union compete for ownership of the collective bargaining agreement.
With López Hernández in the Palacio de Covián, the negotiating tables have proliferated. Due to internal conflicts —the deadlock in ESSA or the intervention in Segalmex, to cite two irrefutable examples— but also the attention to complaints and demands from businessmen and social leaders, mechanisms for dialogue and agreement have been enabled.
And the leaders of the opposition parties? And the parliamentary leaders of the containment bloc? There are matters of urgent resolution. One is the unblocking of Puerto Venado in Playa del Carmen, whose “recovery” would guarantee the completion of the Mayan Train on time. And the other, by mere circumstance, is the stabilization of the metropolitan airport system.
By presidential instructions, the Secretary of the Interior has had to specify with the social actors involved in these matters, where other federal officials have participated.
Some negotiations that were going in good terms —as is the case of Vulcan Materials— were paved by superior instructions. And in fact, it was shown that the official narrative is not always convincing.
The denial of the aeronautical authorities about recent incidents that occurred in the landing and takeoff of national and international aircraft at the airport was eliminated, thanks to videos. The day before, representatives of pilots and airlines were summoned by Undersecretary Rogelio Jiménez Pons, to talk with the heads of Seneam, AFAC and AICM.
In the first week of May 2022, nine incidents had been recorded, according to the complainants. Until May 7, however, there was no written record of the reports. The failures of the protocol, in any case, have been exhibited. The controversy was temporarily settled, with the departure of the general director of navigation services, Víctor Hernández, who was forced to present his resignation.
The head of the SICT, Jorge Arganís, had to go to the Covián Palace to support the efforts of López Hernández and comply without delay with the presidential instructions, which are nothing more than to put order in the airspace.
BUDDING. A new conflict that will require federal mediation is the one initiated by Aguas de Rosarito, a subsidiary of Consolidated Water, for an indemnity of 51 million dollars that it demands from the Morenista government of Baja California, headed by Marina del Pilar, after the cancellation of the concession decreed by the previous state administration for alleged breaches of the contract.
Journalist and columnist for El Economista, author of Doña Perpetua: Elba Esther Gordillo’s power and opulence. Elba Esther Gordillo against the SEP.