“I only stole a little bit!” That frank admission of theft from the public treasury came yesterday from a candidate for mayor of San Blas, Nayarit.
Hilario Ramírez Villanueva, also known as “Layín,” was mayor of San Blas from 2008 until 2011, during which time he is accused by opponents of having robbed the town of between 120 million and 150 million pesos.
Now, Layín wants his old job back, and in his own defence at a public meeting Sunday insisted that he only stole a little.
“They say I robbed a lot of money. Yes, I robbed some money, but just a little, because there wasn’t any . . . yes, I stole from the municipality, but a little, because it’s very poor. I gave (the treasury) a shave, nothing more than a little shave, because what I stole with this hand (raising his right hand) I gave to the poor with this hand (raising his left).”
He added: “Who doesn’t like money? Everyone likes money. But I like to work too!”
Ramírez went on to explain he wants to be mayor again to solve the current fiscal crisis facing the municipality. (According to Ramírez, the same crisis existed during his term as mayor.)
The politician is described as being known for excesses: he arrived at the ceremony to take office in 2008 on the back of a purebred horse said to be worth more than a quarter-million dollars, and was very generous with his team of supporters, freely handing out banknotes.
On Sunday he pledged to deliver. “If I’m elected, my friends, and I don’t complete (my promises), send me to chingar a mi madre. I say it up front because that’s how I am, you know me.”
The election is in July.