President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador He assured that, although the federal government acted immediately in the case of the Coahuila miners trapped in a flooded coal pit, understands the pain and despair of their relatives.
Referring to the complaints he received during his visit to the affected area, the President affirmed that he is aware that, as a public official, has to pay a “humiliation fee”.
“They are (the families), you can imagine, very hurt, sad, worried and also full of feeling. You have to understand them, hug them, love them. A lady told me something, I don’t take it badly. When you are a public servant and do things thinking of others, when you have no problem with your conscience, you can and should always think about paying a fee of humiliation”he expressed.
After the presidential visit, a mother of a family criticized that the President López Obrador has gone to take the photo “with our pain”.
The President stated this morning that he has no guilty conscience because his government acted quicklybecause in two hours the Plan DN-III was launched, and in three hours there were already 92 troops from the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena).
He assured that “all (the relatives) have faith, no one is thinking of anything other than the rescue, they have a lot of faith, they explained to us that when those mines are worked, the miners themselves make holes, shelters, and that is what is being thought, then do the extraction as quickly as possible, the drainage to be able to enter, that’s all, so that (the rescuers) can enter,” he emphasized.
He explained that his decision to visit the mine was due to the fact that he wanted to go check how the work was progressing, “basically for that, that’s why I didn’t want to talk to the press, that everyone was there, waiting, some in good faith and others, we already know, who want to cut corners for everything”.
The President thus defined the priorities regarding the collapsing mine: “One, rescue; two, establish responsibilities and punish the guilty; and three, protection of relatives.”
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