The Governing Council of the Cabildo de Tenerife agreed yesterday to accept the resignation of the insular director of Sports, Ángel Luis Pérez Peña, “for personal reasons”, according to the Corporation in a brief statement. The president, Pedro Martín, and the council itself “thank him for his participation and dedication to the position he has held since September 2021,” adds the press release. Specifically, Pedro Martín appointed Ángel Pérez as Island Director of Sports on September 15 of that year, replacing Laura Castro, who went on to hold the same position in Tourism, where she currently remains.
His curriculum specifies that he is a Specialist Teacher in Physical Education by the University of La Laguna (ULL) in addition to a degree in Psychopedagogy from the ULL and the Open University of Catalonia, with a specialty in School Psychology and Child-Adolescent Psychopathology and a mention in Sports Psychology. He has also completed the Sports Entity Management and Sports Management Course. Pérez has worked as an external municipal sports technician for the City Council of La Matanza de Acentejo, a municipality governed by the PSOE, since 2016. He has always been a person linked to the basketball from the people of Matanzas to the didactics that he exercises in the capital of Tenerife.
The area of Education, Youth, Museums and Sports of the Cabildo depends on the counselor Concepción Rivero (Citizens), “but the appointment of Pérez was a direct decision of President Martín”, according to the sources of the institution consulted.
Pérez Peña is the fourth island director to leave the Tenerife Council in this term, which began in 2019. In addition to him, three others have left. The socialist Cayetano José Silva resigned as head of Security and Emergencies due to a sentence that sentenced him to seven years of disqualification. Later he was exonerated of the responsibilities and recovered to occupy the same position in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries. For her part, Bélica Pérez (Cs), was dismissed in Education and Leopoldo Santos (independent), in charge of Culture, areas directed by the orange party. In both cases, in 2020.
The march of Ángel Pérez occurs at a time when he is being investigated by the courts for an alleged crime of false denunciation, in a case that, as far as the investigation has come, and according to court documents, would be outside his activity in the insular Corporation and is limited to a private matter. Ángel Pérez denounced a mediator or procurer for fraud for the use of credit cards, which led to preliminary proceedings in the Investigating Court number 4 of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
The order issued on February 17 by the Court indicates that Pérez “not only consented to the recharges on credit cards to make purchases in his favor”, but also “was present at the purchase of products in a shopping center , which were made in his favor ».
The order also decrees the free dismissal of the proceedings against the mediator-procurer and deduces testimony against Ángel Luis Pérez Peña “for the alleged commission of a crime of false denunciation.”
Canarian Coalition The Cabildo issued a statement yesterday in which it requests “information on the dismissal of the insular director of Sports”, who is “investigated for a false complaint.” The nationalist group demands “explanations” from the insular president, Pedro Martín, about the actions carried out by Pérez. The nationalist group will also request “that an investigation be opened to find out in detail the actions during their work.” CC “respects the presumption of innocence”, but at the same time “demands that there be transparency to know what has happened.” In this sense, he points out, “it is paradigmatic that Ángel Pérez has ceased as insular director of Sports today (yesterday, Tuesday 31) after his situation was made public last Thursday through different media.”
Manuel Fernandez He is the spokesman for the Popular Party in the Cabildo. He points out that “this circumstance accumulates to other similar ones that we have had throughout the mandate in relation to alleged irregularities, without there having been control mechanisms that, previously, have detected this type of situation.” He adds: “What public opinion in Tenerife deserves is for the insular government to come out and give explanations on the subject, without the need for the opposition to ask it.”
For his part, David Carballo, spokesman for Sí Podemos Canary Islandsvalue: “If the facts are proven, it would be very serious for a public official to allegedly use the money of all the people of Tenerife in a tortious way. We have entered the institutions to open doors and windows, and put an end to practices like these. We are going to let justice act, but in Podemos we are absolutely inflexible with the misuse of public money. He concluded: “We value positively the voluntary termination as an exercise in consistency and to clear the way for justice.”
Finally, the non-attached councilor María José Belda, sentenced: «From prudence and respect for the presumption of innocence, I believe it is absolutely necessary that those with responsibility in public administrations stand out for their honesty; It should be the norm and cases like this the exceptions. She argues that “we need to regain trust in those who manage public money and be forceful with any contrary action.” Belda summarizes: “If the facts that are denounced are proven, I hope he will be separated and disqualified from holding positions of trust and as a public office.”