After indecisions, rescheduling and exchange of trades, the Control Commission of Congress announced that its members will attend the Government Palace on Monday 27 at 9:30 am to take the president’s statement peter castle as an investigator. The parliamentary group investigates the non-transparent meetings of the president in a house located in the Sarratea passage, in the Lima district of Breña.
The precision regarding the date and time was reported after Castillo Terrones confirmed his intention to respond to the working group chaired by Héctor Ventura, legislator of Fuerza Popular. In dialogue with Tradehe considered that the appointment should not be reserved: “Not only do I hope, but it must be public.”
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“That day we will mention that the sessions of the Oversight Commission are public according to the motion of the order of the day 1412, but if the president decides that it be private, he questions his attitude. The country’s chief executive is supposed to be transparent and direct. I don’t know why he should be deprived if he isn’t touching on matters of state secrecy or violating the honor of any citizen. Here they are investigating alleged acts of corruption that even point to the president,” he asserted.
However, recent records contradict Ventura’s claims. In March 2018, then-president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski received the Lava Jato Commission of Congress at the Palace and testified for more than seven hours.
A year earlier, in February, the economist spoke with the Oversight Commission regarding an investigation into his former adviser Carlos Moreno. Both proceedings were held in private.
On the other hand, Ventura estimated that the session will last about three hours and limited himself to having about thirty questions for Castillo Terrones.
The parliamentarian stressed the importance of President Castillo responding in a clear and transparent manner, and recalled that this is not a judicial proceeding. “If he wants to remain silent, it is his constitutional right. But the questions will be objective and quite clear,” he added.
Last Wednesday, legislators from Fuerza Popular, Renovación Popular, Acción Popular and Perú Democrático also believed that the session should be public for transparency, despite the fact that those under investigation have the power to request confidentiality in the investigative commissions.
That day it was also learned that Castillo asked the commission to send him the case file. The group made the documentation available to the president and his lawyers, but specifying that for this they had to go to the Legislative offices.
Parliamentary sources pointed out to Trade that, until the closing of this report, no representative of the president still went to the offices of the commission.
From this, in addition, an official letter was sent to the General Secretariat of the Presidential Office, with whom the date and time of the session in the Palace was coordinated, requesting the facilities for Monday’s diligence.
Said communication, according to commission sources, was sent out of concern because until Thursday afternoon there was no concrete response from the Executive despite the dissemination of the agenda.
The document sent to the Palace secretariat contains the list of congressmen who are members of the commission, parliamentary service personnel and advisers to the legislative group who will participate in Monday’s session. These are the names of the 18 members of the commission and about five advisers.
This newspaper contacted Benji Espinoza, Pedro Castillo’s lawyer, to know his expectations about the appointment, but he recused himself from testifying because he was abroad.
This Thursday, during a meeting with social organizations in Chiclayo, President Pedro Castillo said that “it is not seen now” that corrupters are behind bars, in addition to the corrupted. “But they do want to silence many things by making us the cliché of being corrupt, they want to silence these historical corruption scenarios in Peru that take more than S / 22 billion a year,” he said.