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The usefulness of scandals



04 May 2015

The video is clear. It presents the current governor of Colima, who was then the candidate of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) to the position, being nervous before a possible evidence about ties to organized crime. In a video obtained by EL UNIVERSAL, Mario Anguiano reacts nervously at the results of a polygraph test.


The test is part of the control exams that all officials in charge of public safety in the country undergo, or at least they should undergo. Rogelio Rueda, former chief of staff of Anguiano, admitted that he was subjected to that type of test, but he says that he is clean. It is possible, because a single polygraph session, as the one shown in the video, is not enough to ensure that someone is guilty of something. However, one has to wonder why the state official did not respond when asked by EL UNIVERSAL about the subject.


Colima is one of the smallest states in the country and has one of the weakest institutional structures. For a good reason the famous Jalisco Operation launched by the federal government also included that region, bordered by another state in trouble: Michoacán.


In July the people of Colima will elect a new governor. An encouraging sign of the maturity of the process in this state is that the candidates of the PRI, the National Action Party (PAN) and the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), have made public their declaration of assets. In spite of this, the voters should not settle: they should also submit their tax and conflict of interests declarations, which would have to include the activities of their relatives. This way they could ask before the elections the same questions that Anguiano must now answer.


In the United States to become a candidate for a senior position such as governor, minister of the Court or President represents a risk. Whoever is proposed for this sort of position knows beforehand that a rigorous investigation will be carried out to reveal even his smallest errors. Society itself punishes with hardness any inconsistencies or even moral lapses.


In Mexico, however, it seems that people have a high tolerance to corruption and lack of integrity of the candidates. The crudest example is the current mayor of San Blás, Nayarit, Hilario Ramírez, who admitted having robbed "just a little" during a previous administration. The people of Colima have the option to behave differently now that the evidence against governor Anguiano is growing; not just to demand answers, but to demand them from the candidates for governor of the state.


While voters such as those that gave the victory to Hilario Ramírez continue to determine the election results, regardless of the evidence or corruption or incompetence among politicians, they will continue to gain positions before passive and apathetic citizens.


Transparency is a step yet to be taken. To have people do something with the results is even more important.


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