President Andrés Manuel López Obrador acknowledged that the Mexican Army has made mistakes in its past, but attributed them to the bad decisions of civilian governments that have ordered it to repress the people.
“Throughout its history, the good of this institution is more than the errors or its stains, many of them not attributable to the military commanders, but to civil governments that, on some occasions, have misused the armed forces to repress the people, ”said the president when he participated in the ceremony for the 108th anniversary of the founding of the Mexican Army.
« But that is behind us, » he added and said that the current Army « must continue to be a fundamental pillar of the Mexican State. »
At the event, held at the new facilities of the 37th Military Region, adjacent to the construction of the new Felipe Ángeles International Airport, in Santa Lucía, Zumpango, State of Mexico, the President thanked the Mexican Army for the support it has given to his management.
He said that his aspiration is to continue counting on the support of the armed forces for the defense of sovereignty and for them to operate internally as bodies of peace, progress and justice.
« I appreciate the support of the Army to the government that I represent, » he said.
López Obrador listed some of the actions that the Army has carried out during his administration, such as the construction of the Felipe Ángeles airport, the construction of branches of the Banco del Bienestar in marginalized areas and the training of the National Guard.
At the ceremony, he highlighted the absence of the Secretary of National Defense, Luis Cresencio Sandoval, who is in confinement due to his contagion of covid-19.
In his place was the Undersecretary of Defense, André Georges Foullon Van Lissum, who expressed the institution’s support for the transformation projects of the country undertaken by the López Obrador government.
The military official recalled the call that AMLO made to the armed forces a few days after assuming his position as President, in November 2018, when he called on the Army to support him in the fight against insecurity.
He recalled that that day, the then president-elect said: « I have confidence in the Army and the Navy … Mexico has had the Army made up of the same people who have always shown loyalty to the civil authority. »
In this regard, Foullon Van Lissum said: “We bear in mind your words and the purposes of your government, aimed at achieving the transformation of public life in Mexico, a transformation that is advancing and has invariably counted and will continue to count on the support of the Mexican Army; We will keep our convictions firm and we will continue working tirelessly for the benefit of all Mexicans ”.
He also addressed members of the Army.
Keep in mind, as soldiers: we are a pillar of democracy and the constitutional legal order; consequently, let us continue to act with loyalty, professionalism, adherence to legality and respecting the fundamental rights of people at all times ”, he said.
Foullon Van Lissum announced that, in recognition of the tasks performed during the contingency due to the covid-19 pandemic, 19 promotions were granted to Army medical personnel, 49 decorations and eight recognitions.
The president took a tour of the newly built facilities in the 37th Military Region, which include the region’s headquarters, four barracks, a military hospital and a hotel.
EXECUTIVE HOLDER CAN ALREADY BE JUDGED
Mexican presidents may be indicted and tried for treason from this Saturday, following the decree of the Congress of the Union to reform articles 108 and 111 of the Mexican Constitution in matters of jurisdiction.
During his tenure, the President may be charged and tried for the crimes of treason, corruption, electoral crimes and any crime for which a common citizen can be prosecuted.
According to the changes to Article 111, in order to proceed criminally against the President, it will only be necessary to accuse him before the Senate, which will resolve the case in accordance with the applicable legislation.
With information from: Nilsa Hernández.