· With strong commitment
and a profound sense of duty, the Presidential General Staff took the necessary
steps to provide protection and care for His Holiness, he declared.
· "Today you will
continue to ensure the security of the president and his family, and in doing
guard the stability and strength of the Mexican state,” he said.
· He also congratulated members
of the Presidential General Staff that formed the Pope’s guard in Mexico, and
are part of the Mexican president’s personal guard.
· The president led the
commemoration of the Presidential General Staff.
· Protecting the president means
defending democracy and safeguarding the rule of law: General
Roberto Miranda Moreno, head of the Presidential General Staff.
Earlier today, President Enrique Peña Nieto expressed his gratitude
for the outstanding work and professionalism of the Presidential General Staff
(EMP) during Pope Francis’ recent visit to Mexico.
As he led the commemoration
of Presidential General Staff Day, an institution directed by General Roberto
Miranda Moreno, the president said that, “During each of his 50 activities and land tours covering 319 kilometers, the Presidential
General Staff guaranteed the Pope’s physical integrity and the safety of more
than 10 million Mexicans who came to see him in person.”
“With strong commitment and
a profound sense of duty, the Presidential General Staff took the necessary
steps to provide protection and care for His Holiness,” he declared.
President Peña Nieto
personally congratulated General Gumaro Cabrera Osornio, Deputy Chief of
Logistics of the Presidential General Staff, who was responsible for the
security operations during Pope Francis’ visit to Mexico. He also congratulated members of
the Presidential General Staff that formed the Pope’s guard in Mexico, and are
part of the Mexican president’s personal security detail.
At the ceremony, the
president noted that during the papal visit to Mexico, “The Presidential General
Staff coordinated a broad-ranging institutional operation to ensure that the
many expressions of joy were conducted in a smooth, organized fashion.” In this delicate task of protecting our distinguished guest, His
Holiness, “Each of you showed responsibility, experience and professionalism,”
he told members of the Presidential General Staff.
The president also recognized and thanked, “The
Mexican Army and Navy, the Federal Police and the Center for Investigation and
National Security (CISEN) and the various Health and Civil Protection agencies,
for their coordination and professionalism during Pope Francis’ visit.”
He also thanked the over
200,000 volunteers, especially the Mexican Red Cross, who took part in this
great collective effort.
He noted that this visit,
widely followed by the media and society, “Has provided Mexicans with a better
understanding of the functions and logistic capacities of the Presidential
President Peña Nieto said: “It is an honor to celebrate the women and men who permanently fulfill
their lofty mission, under the unshakeable principles of courage and discretion,
honor and institutionality.”
He said that, “Loyalty,
honesty and professionalism are hallmarks of the Presidential General
Staff, an institution dedicated to
safeguarding the integrity and investiture of the president.”
“With the same courage and
dedication shown by Captains Garmendia and Montes on February 18, 1913, you continue
to protect the security of the president and his family, and in doing so, safeguard
the stability and strength of the Mexican state,” he told them .
He said that, “In 21st
century Mexico, the Presidential General Staff continues to consolidate itself
as a highly skilled, professional institution, which remains at the forefront
in logistics, military technology and security.”
“You, members of the Presidential General Staff, as
part of the Armed Forces of Mexico, have made loyalty a mystique of service
that guides your actions on a permanent basis,” the president told members of
this armed body.
During the event, held at
the official residence of Los Pinos, President Peña Nieto presented awards to
the winners of the “Fourth Captains
Gustavo Garmendia Villafaña and Federico Montes Alanis Shooting Tournament.”
Prior to the ceremony, he
visited an exhibition of historic Presidential General Staff uniforms.
THE DISTINCTION OF SERVING
THE PRESIDENT INVOLVES THE PRIVILEGE OF SERVING MEXICO: GENERAL ROBERTO MIRANDA
One hundred and three years
after the heroic act by Captains Garmendia
and Montes, General Roberto Francisco Miranda Moreno, head of the Presidential
General Staff, said that, “These military men have shown us that protecting the
president means defending democracy and safeguarding the rule of law. It means
effective loyalty through deeds and doing
the right thing in the fulfillment of our duty.”
“They taught us through
their example,” he said, “That the honor of belonging to the Presidential
General Staff demands unconditional loyalty and numerous sacrifices, which we
have assumed: we know that the distinction of serving the president implies the
privilege of serving Mexico.”
He stated that, “As in the
past, members of the Presidential General Staff accept the challenge of never
betraying the trust of the people of Mexico and their president. For all these reasons, we are convinced that there is no higher duty for
the Presidential General Staff than to accompany the president in his
commitment to transforming Mexico. “
He said that the Presidential
General Staff, “Is a century-old military body which, with daily work and
effort, is being consolidated to ensure the president’s safety and thus protect a fundamental institution for
the country's democratic life.”
General Miranda said that
during the visit by His Holiness Pope Francis, the Presidential General Staff once again
demonstrated its professionalism and commitment in the eyes of the
international community, the people of Mexico, and the president. “At the end of this visit, I can say with great satisfaction: Mission accomplished, Mr. President.”
He said that, “As Chief of
the Presidential Staff, I am convinced you have a statesman’s vision. Therefore,
our only option is total commitment to the person who holds the country’s destiny
in his hands.”
“In this great undertaking,
there is no room for doubt; the Presidential General Staff will continue to loyally
fulfill its mission to provide security and logistical support,” he said.