· He said that this in no way reduces the authorities’ capacity to investigate and punish individuals acting irregularly in relation to the state.
· He also declared that President Enrique Peña Nieto is proposing amendments to strengthen the National Anti-Corruption System.
· The government is convinced that we should not delay the implementation of the new National Anticorruption System for any reason. Accordingly, the president today asked Congress to hold an extraordinary session, he declared.
Exercising the constitutional right to make comments on laws passed by Congress, known as the power of veto, President Enrique Peña Nieto has submitted Article 32 subsections b) and c) of the General Law of Administrative Responsibilities, and another 15 related sub-sections to the Chamber of Senators for their consideration.
This was announced by the president’s Legal Counsel Humberto Castillejos Cervantes, who added that these items state, “that any individual, whether an individual or a company, who receives or spends public funds or contracts with any government agency, must submit a declaration of assets in other words, inform the authorities of all its assets, and interests.”
Moreover, he noted that, “All persons working in a company that contracts with the government, in other words, all the workers in a firm, regardless of their role within it, would have to submit these declarations".
He said that, “The government has listened carefully to the voices that argue that this measure is excessive and would make the National Anticorruption System inoperative as it would be impossible to process millions and millions of declarations".
In a press statement, accompanied by General Coordinator of Social Communication of the President’s Office and Government Spokesman Eduardo Sánchez Hernández, the Legal Counsel said that, “This would also discourage individuals from providing services or selling products to governments, and most importantly: it would affect people who are not linked to contracting, such as beneficiaries of PROSPERA or CONACyT grant holders, among others”.
Humberto Castillejos said that, “with the conviction that the criticism of these articles has indicated a very real problem in the operationality of the National Anticorruption System problem, and that this measure would be contrary to the human rights enshrined in the Constitution by excessively affecting the privacy and personal data protection of Mexicans and even of foreigners who do not live in the country but work in a multinational company, the president is proposing amendments to strengthen the National Anti-Corruption System”.
He said that this in no way reduces the authorities’ capacity to investigate and punish individuals acting irregularly in relation to the state.
He stressed that the National Anticorruption System, “provides novel, useful tools for this purpose, such as case by case, contract by contract proof that the individual and the public servant involved in the contracting are not involved in a conflict of interest, and penalties for acts of corruption, ranging from economic sanctions to the dissolution of companies, and where appropriate, prison sentences”.
He declared that, “The government is convinced that under no circumstances should the implementation of the new National Anti-Corruption System be delayed and that therefore, the president today asked Congress to hold an extraordinary session, which will be requested of the Standing Committee”.
He said that, “The partial observations made by the president are primarily intended to permit collaboration with the Legislative branch to strengthen institutions and ensure that all rules adopted by Congress abide by the Constitution”.
The Legal Counsel to the President said that, “The Anticorruption System is designed by citizens for citizens. Its primary objective is to protect their right to ensuring that the funds provided through their taxes are used in the best possible manner, with transparency and honesty”.
He noted that, “Having millions of Mexicans who go out every day to earn an honest living submit declarations would do nothing to combat corruption and would instead harm their private lives and endanger their human rights.”
Therefore, he said, “In his capacity as head of state, the president is making these partial observations to ensure that the Constitution and human rights prevail in the country”.