The seriousness expected of the commission investigating NGOs fell apart when some of its members launched comments deemed “misogynistic” and “vulgar” against the former legislator.
For more than eight hours, the former MP Lorena Peña faced six pro-government deputies alone in an intense interrogation in which they tried, unsuccessfully, to break her even with comments that suggested that she had committed irregularities and others that affected her dignity as a third-party woman. age, as she herself confronted them, calling them “vulgar” and “low”.
The former legislator, who came to preside over the Legislative Assembly, was summoned to present on the process of delivery of Budget funds to non-governmental organizations (NGOs), one of which, the Mélidas, to which she belonged, was favored, by which the deputies alleged that Peña incurred in a “conflict of interest.”
Faced with recurring questions and cross-examinations and mentions of aspects of her private life, Peña did not hesitate to tell them that “they had set up a theater” to make her incriminate herself, something to which she was not going to lend. The president of the Commission, Alexia Rivas, from New Ideas, replied that “it was not a circus”, but that they were trying to investigate the facts.
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At a certain point, she herself had to demand respect from deputies Caleb Rivas and Carlos Hermann Bruch, the former for telling her that “where had a document been passed?” and to the other for telling him that she was “close” to the former leader Facundo Guardado, comments that she described as “vulgar” and “cheap” and before which the person who chaired the commission, the deputy Alexia Rivas, could do little.
“And where did this law formation procedure go through?” Navarro asked, to which Peña replied: “He asked me where did that thing go, because I didn’t go through the triumphal arch…”, and at that moment the president of the Commission closed the microphone. “He should also measure his words,” reasoned Peña, adding “just because I’m a woman, don’t make such vulgar metaphors.”
“Mr. Bruch, control yourself!”, The former deputy demanded at one point, claiming that he interrupted her a lot and that she even told her that “she was left alone” and that not even her party wanted her.
The deputy was interrogated, but when she tried to explain her they interrupted her, and if she mentioned reported cases of corruption in the current government or mentioned the NGO linked to deputy Guillermo Gallegos, they would turn off the microphone.
Due to all these facts, she even told them that “the president sent them” and used the expression of “coup plotters”, alluding to the coup against the Constitutional Chamber and the Prosecutor’s Office that the ruling party in the Assembly perpetrated on May 1 .
The pro-government deputies did not find an old woman easy to break, but rather an ex-guerrilla, as she herself recalled, used to walking whole nights in the war of the 80s and knowing about the interrogations of the dreaded National Guard, which was dissolved after the 1992 peace accords, but also a former congresswoman who made politics her life in the last three decades.
On several occasions the president of the Commission turned off the microphone to the former deputy, even going so far as to threaten her with declaring her “in contempt” because she tried to reason her answers and not just answer with a “yes” or “no” as They wanted.
“You have never worked with women. That’s why they don’t understand, ”Peña reproached them when they asked her again and again about the same point: the internal efforts that she carried out in the Assembly with other parties for the approval of funds. “He has a narrow vision,” he told Congressman Rivas, who insisted on asking him again and again about the process.
“They want me to teach him how to work,” he told them. “You will have to learn … that is parliamentarism,” he emphasized.
“As I explained to you, before the debate on the laws lasted up to three months, not like that of Bitcoin, which was approved in five hours. It is a perverse mechanism, ”he pointed out.
The former legislator claimed that she had to wait to be received by the commission, to which was added the time of the interrogation and two recesses of up to 45 minutes. “Here we can wake up, but you are not going to make me think like you. Don’t waste your time, ”was the reply when it was past midnight.
“I am older than you and I do not ask for such long breaks,” he claimed. The appearance ended at 2:15 in the morning of this Saturday.
Yes indeed. Earlier, the former deputy Peña told them to “remember that the jurisdiction is going to end” and they will have to answer for what they do now.