Nicolás Petro and Days Vásquez on April 11, 2019, the day they got married | Photo: Instagram @gustavopetrourrego
New details of the chat of Nicolás Petro, son of President Gustavo Petro, with his ex-wife Days Vásquez last year, where they supposedly talked about how to get, save and transport money for the purchase of a house guaranteed at 1,600 million pesos, continue to be revealed. on the outskirts of Barranquilla, according to the images delivered as evidence of the interview given by Vásquez to Semana.
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One of the sensitive issues that became known was that the deputy of the Atlantic Departmental Assembly was behind a deal with the company Monómeros, which specializes in petrochemicals and in recent months has been key in relations between the Colombian president and his counterpart in the neighboring country, Nicolás Maduro.
It seems that this “lobby” that Nicolás Petro would have done with a businessman related to the Venezuelan entity so that his then wife could “live well”, as evidenced by the luxurious mansion that uncovered the whole scandal.
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“This is for a large pod”
In the conversation that Nicolás Petro had with Days Vásquez and that was revealed by Semana magazine, the deputy talks about a business that he carries out with a businessman, who is related to the company Monomeros, but without saying what the process was carried out .
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“You don’t understand that investments have to be made (…). This is for a large pod that we will be handling. Or if you don’t find out what Monomeros is,” the president’s son wrote, dated June 28 of last year at noon.
According to what the media revealed, Nicolás Petro had approaches in Barranquilla with a person who is a member of the board of directors of Monómeros, named Rodrigo Ramírez, who is also close to his father.
Semana explained that the businessman is not only a friend of the deputy, but that for years he has been a militant of Colombia Humana, the president’s party, and of the Patriotic Union, which joined the group, in addition to being the government representative at the table of the Venezuelan company.
“You don’t want to invest or for me to lobby”
In that WhatsApp conversation, Nicolás Petro responded to Days Vásquez about the meetings he had about this business with the Monómeros company, emphasizing that it was important to give him a life of luxury.
“You want to live well, but you don’t want to invest or for me to lobby,” the deputy wrote, to which she replied that “you are telling me that I have to be interested,” and he stated “no, you don’t want me to do anything to get things.”
The discussion is one of several that they had in the messaging system for months, when they were in the process of searching for cash, saving it and later transporting it and that it would be used for the purchase of the luxurious mansion on the outskirts of Barranquilla.
Monomeros, a company of high interest
The petrochemical fertilizer company has been a key issue in recent years for relations between Colombia and Venezuela which, during the government of Iván Duque, took power from the mandate of Nicolás Maduro to give it to Juan Guaidó, self-proclaimed president in Venezuela.
Since Gustavo Petro came to power, he once again returned control of the entity to Maduro, added to the reestablishment of diplomacy between nations, with the reopening of borders and the appointment of ambassadors, who in the case of Colombia are represented by Armando Benedetti.
In November of last year, the Minister of Finance, José Antonio Ocampo, revealed that the Government was interested in buying a part of Monómeros and “significantly expanding it”, an idea that interested the then manager of the National Federation of Coffee Growers at the time. Roberto Velez.
“Of course it sounds familiar. Of course, it has to sound like something that lowers the cost of fertilizers,” said the union leader, quoted by Valora Analitik, adding that “it would be a measure in the medium term because that has to be accompanied by a production of gas. That does not come only with the purchase of Monomers”.
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