For a moment, the Mexicans had the hope, but the Senate killed it.
The senators, mostly from the parties PRI and PVEM, with some from PRD and PAN, changed the original citizen proposal #Ley3de3 (3 of out 3) which its main goal was to order politicians to reveal where they got their money from.
Why 3 out of 3? Because the politician had to reveal:
- Patrimonial data.
- Reports of interests.
- Fiscal information.
That petition makes sense in a country where the politicians have high salaries, but not enough to be rich, and have a lifestyle that they can afford just with their salaries; some of them which have houses in and outside of Mexico, cars and hidden bank accounts. How did they make all that money?
There is more, because this petition could help the country to stop or try to stop business between the organized crime and the government.
The Senate disapproved that the Mexican public servants reveal their patrimonial information and their income, basically the whole original petition. They didn’t want to publish the information in formats, as was requested.
How did they vote for the declarations formats of the #Ley3de3?
Those numbers are clear. The party in the power, PRI; and PVEM, its allied, blocked the initiative.
But, wait! There are senators from other parties, PT, PAN and PRD that supported them. They did not have to vote. They just had to say they couldn’t go to the session. No, I am not talking about a chapter of House of Cards!
The interesting situation is that the senators approved that business men that work with the Government have to reveal all their information. Yes, all the information that the public servants should reveal.
The deputies voted the initiative also; at this chamber, PRI and PVEM are majority also; and they, of course, imposed their stance.
The #Ley3de3 project was proposed by civil society organizations, as Mexican Institute for Competitiveness and Mexican Transparency. They were supported for more than 600 000 signatures of Mexican citizens.
Unfortunately, this is part of Mexico; the real transparency in this country is still and will be a dream for a very long, long time.