Ixtapan de la Sal, State of Mexico — Interior Secretary Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong reaffirmed on Monday that the education reform is not negotiable.
In an event opening the 9th official meeting of senators from the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), Osorio Chong said that the law will be enforced, including as it applies to teachers failing to show up to work.
Regarding roadblocks maintained by the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE), he said that the Interior Secretariat will act to “preserve the rule of law.”
“If we do need to act, we will do it with respect for human rights,” he said.
Osorio Chong also said that if dialogues with the CNTE resume, they will be transparent.
“I want Mexicans to know that we are not negotiating the law, we are doing our jobs,” he said. “From now on, meetings with this group will be public.”
Coordinator of PRI Senators Emilio Gamboa expressed his confidence that the PRI will win governorships in the 2017 elections in the states of Coahuila, the State of Mexico and Nayarit, and that it will win the presidency in 2018.
State of Mexico Governor Eruviel Ávila Villegas asked the senators to prioritize support for armed forces fighting organized crime.
The meeting began with a minute of applause in memory of singer Juan Gabriel, who died Sunday evening in Santa Monica, California.