With 28 votes in favor -including some from the PRI-, 10 against and two abstentions, the Finance Commission of the Chamber of Deputies endorsed and ratified the appointment of Pablo Gómez Álvarez as new head of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of the Ministry of Finance.
The PRI bench in San Lázaro was divided and five of its legislators voted in favor and only the deputy Ildefonso Guajardo – former Secretary of Economy during the government of Enrique Peña Nieto – voted in abstention.
This was due to the fact that the former federal official has an investigation against him initiated by the UIF, which began when Santiago Nieto headed that organization.
The PRD deputy, Marcelino Castañeda, also voted to abstain.
Although the PRI members criticized the lack of experience of the former student leader of the ’68 movement in the national financial system, They gave him the benefit of the doubt.
On the other hand, when expressing her vote against, the PAN deputy, Patricia Terrazas, criticized that Gómez does not have technical experience neither with academic specialization nor certifications to occupy the position, and considered that “political experience cannot be confused with professionalism.”
“The FIU is a very important position and it cannot be for a political project,” he said.
For the PRI, Congressman José Yunes accused that “we have valid questions regarding technical knowledge, experience and specialization; He has a political career on many fronts, but not precisely in these fields ”.
He stressed that “the FIU must be accompanied by an inescapable political neutrality and not for a political action with electoral criteria, personal commitments or with the government agenda ”.
Deputy Marcelino Castañeda, of the PRD, warned that Pablo Gómez “we cannot expect anything” and pointed out the suspicions of “his political biases” and called on him to begin “attacking corruption from home.”
Salvador Caro, from MC, considered that “Pablo Gómez does not accredit any experience or profile for the position. Leading the FIU is not going to give speeches, but to act firmly, with knowledge and precision. How much will the Pablo Gómez learning curve cost Mexicans? ”.
“If they say that he has very good advisers, why didn’t they put one of his advisers in charge?” He asked.
In defense of the appointment, Deputy Patricia Armendariz, from Morena, stated that Pablo Gómez “is a transparent person, firm in the fight against corruption, with a proven social vision, which makes him the ideal person and that he has specialized advisory bodies.”
PT and PVEM also endorsed his appointment.
In his defense, Pablo Gómez stated that “the fight against corruption is not a technical matter, it’s a political issue, because we will not catch anyone if there is no political will from the Government ”.
He argued that the FIU has not acted or will not act “by political slogan” and reiterated that the fight against corruption is a political issue because “government entities are political.”
The opinion will be debated and voted in the plenary session of the Chamber of Deputies next Thursday.