Mexico’s new Secretary of Public Administration said today that anyone who commits an act of corruption will be penalized by the federal agency.
Arely Gómez, who was shifted from her previous post as Attorney General in a cabinet shuffle this week by President Enrique Peña Nieto, made the statement when she was questioned today about the results of a new corruption survey.
It found that corruption among Mexican police has worsened over the last two years, with 55% of adults reporting they had experienced an illegal act while engaged in a police procedure.
The National Survey of Governmental Quality and Impact, conducted by the National Statistics Institute, revealed that of the more than 3 million adults over 18 who had contact with police for various reasons 1.7 million — or 55.2% — experienced at least one illegal act.
In the previous survey, conducted two years ago, the percentage was 50.6%.
After the police, public prosecutor’s offices were next with 23.7% of respondents reporting acts of corruption. Opening a business met with corrupt acts for 22.3%.
In total, the 2015 survey found, there were 9.9 million acts of corruption experienced by at least 4 million people.
The worst places for corrupt acts by authorities were the State of México and Mexico City.
Gómez told senators before they ratified her appointment that she would end what she called the “toxic culture of corruption.”
She replaces Virgilio Andrade, who resigned nearly three months ago.
Replacing Gómez as Attorney General is Institutional Revolutionary Party Senator Raúl Cervantes, who has taken a leave of absence from the Senate to take up his new post.
He too said he would be working to combat corruption, and pledged that investigating Javier Duarte, the Veracruz governor who has taken a leave of absence, and former Quintana Roo governor Roberto Borge, will be priorities.
Cervantes also said that authorities were very close to arresting both Duarte and former Sonora governor Guillermo Padrés, both of whom are being sought in connection with the mismanagement of public funds.
Source: Milenio (sp)