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Monday 11 of December 2023

Borge’s Arrest Not News

Former Quintana Roo Gov. Roberto Borge,photo: Cuartoscuro/Moisés Pablo
Former Quintana Roo Gov. Roberto Borge,photo: Cuartoscuro/Moisés Pablo
The big news was that Roberto Borge’s arrest was no news

Mistrust towards the President Enrique Peña Nieto Administration is eyed with suspicion.

Proof of the pudding was the arrest in Panama of yet another former Mexican state governor accused of rampant corruption. This was the case of former Quintana Roo Gov. Roberto Borge last Sunday night.

At a first glance Borge’s arrest — for many a distrustful politician — was said the to be in “timing” to the orchestration was “a distraction” from the “electoral fraud” in the elections in the states of Coahuila and the State of Mexico.

Whether this was true or not depends on who you believe in nowadays. The problem for the above mentioned theory is that Borge’s arrest has not been either a distraction or for that matter, big deafening news. It’d seem that the arrest of another crooked politician is no longer news in the nation.

Be as it may, the arrest made by Interpol and the Panamanian police, on the request by Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office (PGR) who issued the arrest warrant, are a well-documented one and surely, when extradited, Borge will surely will spend a long time in the slammer.

The arrest, however, is worrysome not because it is a done deal now but the crowd the crooked state governors who are now under arrest or in jail all of whom operated during President Enrique Peña Nieto’s Administration.

And all of them — with one exception — are members of the President’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and at a given moment they played the role of favorites in the President’s court.

Already arrested abroad nowadays is former Veracruz Gov. Javier Duarte who is joined now by Roberto Borge; both stand accused of massive fraud and are waiting for extradition procedures to be carried out. The PGR already filed with Guatemala an order to bring Duarte home, and Borge’s extradition is being pushed through the red tape.

Already in jail in Mexico is former Sonora Gov Guillermo Padrés who is carrying out his defense in detention. Padrés is a former National Action Party (PAN) illustrious member.

There are trials underway for former Nuevo León Gov. Rodrigo Medina and the arrest warrant for former Chihuahua Gov. César Duarte has been issued by PGR but Duarte is now living in El Paso and may soon face arrest.

The big news was that Roberto Borge’s arrest was no news. Corruption in just about every one of the nation’s 32 federated states is so rampant that yet another crooked governor is making the back pages of the newspapers, and not being played up by the electronic media not because what’s news this past week is the ongoing rift over the election results in Coahuila and State of Mexico, and the abundant array of accusation against the President and PRI for doing what they have always done best, “steal elections” as a pundit put it.

Yet arrestees once played big league Mexican politics under the protection of President Peña Nieto, who has now unleashed his hounds to bring these already proven crooks to justice and jail.