Bucaramanga representative assured that Rodolfo Hernández took money from him to replace votes.
In the midst of several controversies, former presidential candidate Rodolfo Hernández has been involved, this time, it was learned that a representative to the Chamber for Santander denounced him for taking away a significant sum of money that corresponded to him for the replacement of votes.
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In the local newspaper Vanguardia, Juan Manuel Cortés accused the former mayor of Bucaramanga, because according to the congressman the League of Anti-Corruption Governors demanded 28 million pesos, which represents 25% of the replacement of votes. These are part of his resources, which he has the right to participate in the electoral contest, where he was elected.
It is worth remembering that, in December 2022, Cortés had already denounced the former candidate for the Presidency of Colombia, for receiving money from the replacement of votes, which would be 1,200 million pesos, which are distributed as reported in clear accounts, an application where each expense is reported and in this way the National Electoral Council returns the money.
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At the time, representative Cortés pointed out: “The engineer is very cheeky, I haven’t talked to him for a long time and he asks me for money.” In addition, he added that the former president of the Santander capital wrote to him to ask him to donate the money that corresponded to him for some arrangements at the party headquarters.
For now, the controversy continues, because according to the complaint, Juan Manuel Cortés confirmed that they did not return the full amount that corresponded to him.
Juan Manuel Cortés, representative to the Chamber for Santander. Camera
It is worth mentioning that, in recent days, Rodolfo Hernández was once again in the eye of the hurricane due to an investigation carried out by the Office of the Attorney General of the Nation.
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The actions against illegal transport in Bucaramanga would be the reason that led the Public Ministry to remove this case, in which the former mayor is denounced for his alleged endorsement for pirate transport to operate without problem in the capital of Santander.
It is noteworthy that at the time, the city’s taxi drivers presented various rights to petition for the pertinent actions to be carried out against the illegality of mobility in the city.
The Attorney General’s Office would be investigating Rodolfo Hernández for the alleged contempt of a judicial ruling that was issued at the time by the Administrative Court 15, in which the then mayor of Bucaramanga was urged to combat motorcycle taxis or illegal transportation in that city.
In 2018, a complaint was filed against the then local president, stating that the official, together with the mayors of the Metropolitan area, that is, of the municipalities of Girón, Piedecuesta and Floridablanca, had not established a strategy in against illegal transportation.
Rodolfo Hernández, according to several complaints, on the contrary, acted as a promoter of this type of transport services.
The National Electoral Council ordered the annulment of the effects of resolution 3750, which had suspended the legal status of the political movement of the former candidate for the Presidency of Colombia Rodolfo Hernández.
The suspension initially occurred for expelling and excluding from the constitution of the political statutes of the League of Anti-Corruption Rulers what was its vice-presidential formula, Marelen Castillo. However, the measure was lifted just at a crucial moment, as the country is close to new regional elections and the former presidential candidate plans several moves in Santander.
In addition to this notification, the court requested the politician and businessman from Santander to hold a national convention or assembly, accompanied by members of his party. This event took place on March 24, 2023.
The meeting was led by Hernández, but also attended by congressmen Marelen Castillo, Erika Sánchez and Juan Manuel Cortés, in order to assess the current situation of the political party and the objectives it would have now that it has recovered its legal status.