A report revealed images showing Castillo receiving a series of people at the house in the Breña district of Lima, including the representative of a consortium of companies that recently won the tender to build a bridge.
The National Confederation of Private Business Institutions (Confiep), the largest business union in Peru, and other business organizations, urged the president Pedro Castillo to assume their functions with transparency and clarify its connection with alleged acts of corruption.
After the controversy caused by a journalistic report that captured Castillo in night meetings with businessmen outside the Government Palace, Confiep and a score of business associations issued a statement in which they invoked the president to “respect the ethical and transparency principles” in public service.
In addition, they requested the Public Ministry and other competent authorities investigate “promptly for signs of corruption that involve senior government officials, as well as the nature of the meetings of the President of the Republic in Breña’s house ”.
A report broadcast by the Sunday program Cuarto Poder revealed images showing Castillo receiving a series of people at the house in the Breña district of Lima that he already used as a center of operations during the electoral campaign.
There he allegedly met with the representative of a consortium of companies that recently won the tender to build a bridge on a river in the Peruvian Amazon.
The business sector warned that these “new events increase uncertainty and mistrust” in the country and they harm the process of economic reactivation and job creation, which are “the priorities of citizenship.”
In the statement, the signatory organizations insisted on their rejection of any act of corruption and promised to condemn and act “firmly with respect to companies and entrepreneurs that do not act with transparency and integrity.”
Government ensures transparency
After the disclosure of the Sunday images, Castillo assured in a message to the Nation that these nocturnal meetings outside the Government Palace they had been of a personal nature and he refused to have favored any particular interest.
The Prime Minister, Mirtha Vásquez, spoke in the same vein, announcing new measures to improve the government’s transparency.
On the one hand, the head of the ministerial cabinet indicated that the Ministry of Transport and Communications has requested the Comptroller General of the Republic to review all the works in charge of his sector, especially the tender related to the woman who allegedly met with Castillo overnight in the Breña district home.
“The president is willing to clarify these facts and dispel any doubts, and of course collaborate with all the processes that have been initiated,” determined Vásquez.
On the other hand, the prime minister also announced the reactivation of the Presidency’s integrity office, which had not been active since July and which will help to have “greater control over the officials working in the Government, especially in the offices of the Presidency.” .
Additionally, it indicated that a administrative investigation against the former presidential secretary, Bruno Pacheco, whom the Prosecutor’s Office found hiding $ 20,000 in cash in the bathroom of his office during the investigation for his alleged pressure on promotions within the Armed Forces.
These suspicions have been used by the opposition to fuel Castillo’s impeachment motion presented by three right-wing parties, including the Fujimori Popular Force, the far-right Renovación Popular and the neoliberal Avanza País.