The government of Enrique Peña Nieto used the social program of the National Crusade Against Hunger to buy votes, carry out proselytizing and campaigning activities in favor of the PRI, accused the former senior officer of the Ministry of Social Development (Sedesol), Emilio Zebadúa.
In his statement made before the General Prosecutor of the Republic (FGR), Zebadúa requested the application of a criterion of opportunity with which he seeks benefits in the criminal process against him.
The former official explained to the FGR that in the past six-year term the scheme of diversion of resources public known as the “Master swindler“ which included various federal agencies and in which the National Crusade Against Hunger was used for proselytizing acts, as stated in the statement published by the Animal Político news portal.
“From the beginning of the administration of the President of the Republic, Enrique Peña Nieto, in December 2012, a general strategy, both social and political-electoral, began in which most of the government agencies would participate.”
“One of the branches of this strategy was called ‘National Crusade against Hunger’, by which non-budgeted public resources would be diverted to brigade campaigns, media and social organization in a large number of strategic municipalities throughout the country, in addition to proselytizing acts or buying votes, “he said.
He explained that between January and February 2013 the Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), then headed by Luis Videgaray Caso, disposed of one billion unbudgeted pesos to be assigned to the National Crusade against Hunger in Sedesol and that by instructions of the then head Rosario Robles, were used to organize publicity events, media campaigns, flyers, brigades, and political activism groups in various states of the Republic.
According to Zebadúa, the scheme used was to contract private companies through public universities to supposedly provide services to the National Crusade and it was agreed between Robles Berlanga and Videgaray Caso.
“This allowed Sedesol, and another dozen agencies (for its acronym Sagarpa, Economía, SCT, ISSSTE, Pemex, among others), provided with extraordinary resources by the Ministry of Finance, to provide resources permanently during the six-year term. for the political-electoral advertising promotion of the president, his government and his political party ”, he added.
In his statement, Zebadúa mentioned that the resources of the National Crusade against Hunger were also used to pay debts and commitments of the presidential campaign of Enrique Peña Nieto in 2012 and that it was coordinated by Luis Videgaray.
THE UNIVERSAL reported that in 2015, Sedesol, led by Rosario Robles Berlanga, paid more than 600 million pesos in spots of the Crusade against Hunger and almost 15% of what it spent meant a double payment for the agency according to the opinions of the Superior Audit of the Federation (ASF).
With the ASF’s conclusions, the Attorney General’s Office opened various investigation files against former officials of Sedesol and the Secretariat of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development (Sedatu) for alleged millionaire deviations.
Two of the agreements for the detours were signed by his former head of the Sedesol and Sedatu Office, Ramón Sosamontes Herreramoro, with Radio y Televisión (RTV) de Hidalgo.
On January 20, 2015, Sosamontes signed a general agreement for 601 million 658 thousand 806.54 pesos for the transmission of eight thousand 607 spots of the Crusade against Hunger.
According to the ASF, the entity Radio y Televisión de Hidalgo received the total and transferred it to 27 “irregular” companies, according to the prosecutors in charge of the investigation against Robles Berlanga.
Of the more than 600 million pesos, Sedesol paid 101 million 658 thousand for spots that had already been broadcast and paid for in previous fiscal years, that is, the agency paid twice for a service it had already received.