SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, March 1 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The President of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, stated this Wednesday, during the Debate on the status of nationality, that the so-called ‘Meditor case’ cannot be “a Roman circus” or a “media spectacle” in which people like Antonio Tacoronte, presumed mediator of the plot, can question the honor of public officials. “When there is an accusation, let it be proven,” he stressed.
“You cannot have a double standard and accuse others of issues that you have to make yourself look at. This is not a Roman circus in which anyone can turn the finger against any public representative,” said the president regarding to Antonio Tacoronte’s interventions in the media.
Ángel Víctor Torres strongly criticized that this individual is going to the media and that “without any proof” he is “laminating the morale, honor, honesty and honesty” of other people, and he also regretted that there are those who are giving him ” pabulo” to all this. “Whoever fuels it, participates,” he added.
In the same way, he regretted that there are representatives of political parties who are saying in the media that with this plot “tremendous damage has been done to the public resources of the community”, when, as he recalled, a legal report from the legal services of the Government concludes that it cannot be a person in the case because, until now, no such damage has been detected.
“What is happening is shameful and embarrassing, it undermines the work that we public representatives do, it demands a high vision from everyone and it doesn’t matter if we have the elections in ninety days,” said the president, who warned that on many occasions “this is come back a boomerang”.
Ángel Víctor Torres acknowledged that on some occasion he has already had to go to the Prosecutor’s Office when he has been aware of some illegality and considered that this should always be the behavior of all people who are in the public sphere.
He also reiterated that in the ‘Mediator case’ all responsibilities that may exist must be assumed and the investigation must go to the end, but he wanted to make it clear that no member of the Government of the Canary Islands is being investigated for this alleged corruption plot.
INTERVENTIONS OF THE GROUPS
In relation to the interventions of the groups that support the Government, Ángel Víctor Torres acknowledged that there is a need to improve in Health, but recalled that the Government of the Canary Islands has invested 700 million euros more in health matters and remarked that all the autonomous communities, Only the Canary Islands have increased the waiting and delay lists. Thus, he explained that between June and December 2022 the health waiting list increased by 5%, compared to communities that increased by 28%.
Regarding poverty, Torres indicated that the latest official report from Arope says that the poverty data is the lowest since 2014 and that, therefore, the social shield has worked. In relation to dependency, he valued that “great work” has been done, although he admitted that we must continue working despite the “great difficulties” that exist.
He also alluded to the problem that the majority of Canarian citizens have to get to the end of the month and pointed out that this “is not new in the Canary Islands”, warning that if unemployment had increased in the Islands, the situation would have been even worse. And regarding the measures against inflation, he emphasized that the Government has opted for a social model to protect those who have the most difficulties.
As for the criticism of budget execution, Ángel Víctor Torres affirmed that the Government’s action in matters of Finance has been “rigorous.” Thus, he explained that the budget execution in 2022 was estimated at 10,444 million euros, compared to 8,059 million in 2018, which means 2,400 million more euros.
On La Palma, he repeated again that the Government of the Canary Islands “has not had it easy” and, despite this, it was able to start up desalination plants, funds were obtained for roads, it has made aid for housing “transparent and fair”, and has committed to an aid of 30,000 euros that will arrive, as he assured.
Finally, the head of the Canarian Executive admitted that he has not been able to comply with everything that was contemplated in the government program, although he clarified that this “is never possible”, and also emphasized that the Government of the Pact of Flowers It has “taught a lesson”, since it is the second Government that ends as it began, without ruptures. In addition, he pointed out that they will continue to do the same work to improve people’s lives “with transparency, absolute respect for the law, for the political rival, who is not an enemy, but also saying what we do and doing what we say,” he concluded. .
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