“This country murdered my daughter and thousands more”

Translated by Fulano from an article in El Mexicano.

GUADALAJARA, Jalisco, August 6, 2018 – Orlando is the father of two teenage daughters: Katia and Zulema who, together with his wife, Maricarmen, were kidnapped in April 2015 by a group of armed civilians who identified themselves as members of the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG).

Katy, 17, was murdered in front of her mother and sister. The three women were tortured for a month and a half in a part of ​​Tlajomulco municipality, where two clandestine graves were located two years later.

Orlando, originally from Zamora, Michoacán, said his wife and daughters were mistakenly kidnapped because the vehicle in which they were traveling was the same model as the family of one of the leaders of the “Los Viagras” criminal group, an organization with which they are fighting over territory in Michoacán.

The chemical engineer and agricultural consultant the states of Michoacán and Jalisco said that his wife and daughters were kidnapped when they went from Zamora to Guadalajara to go to the high school where the two girls studied.

Orlando and Maricarmen decided to enroll their daughters in a school in the capital of Jalisco, due to the wave of violence that hit the state of Michoacán, their homeland.

Katia and Zulema had been together with their mother in Guadalajara for two years when they were intercepted by an armed group on an April afternoon as they were traveling to Tlajomulco. They were forced to board another vehicle.

According to Orlando, the armed civilians insisted from the onset when they were kidnapped, that they tell their kidnappers where Juan Carlos Sierra Santana, “La Sopa”, was hiding. He is one of the leaders of “Los Viagras”, who was murdered in 2017.

“Don’t be an idiot, you are La Sopa’s whore, this is his truck. Tell us where he is hiding, who he comes to Jailsco with and we’ll let you go,” recalled Orlando of some of the phrases that they shouted at his wife.

Maricarmen insisted they did not know what they were talking about and it was then that they took the three women to a camp belonging to the criminal group, where they were tortured.

Orlando said that after several days, after finding out they had no relationship with any of the rival cartel members, the members of the Jalisco cartel opted to ask for a ransom of 4.5 million pesos from their relatives.

It was a million and a half pesos for each, and Orlando said that amount was unattainable, even with the sale of his house in Zamora or a couple of properties where he thought one day of planting “berries” and bequeathing them to his daughters.

Unable to pay the ransom, Zulema and Maricarmen were forced to witness the murder of Katia, whose body was not found. 44 days after being kidnapped, they were released in the La Barca municipality, Jalisco, on the border with the municipality of Briseñas, Michoacán, but not before being warned by the Jalisco Cartel Nueva Generación that “this was going to happen to all the fucking Michoacanos.”

After being treated by a trusted docto, Maricarmen and her daughter Zulema left the country. Orlando stayed a while longer to sell his properties and to cope with a life with his family abroad.

“It does not hurt to leave Mexico because this is the country where we were born, but also murdered my daughter and thousands of other innocents,” said Orlando, husband and father of three of the many victims left by the war between the Jalisco and Michoacan cartels, worsening the violence in those states.

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Beggars and street vendors damage Rosarito’s image

Translated by Fulano from an article in Ecos de Rosarito.

Street vendors continue to proliferate in downtown Rosarito and with them there is damage to the image of the Tourist Zone, a problem which has gone out of control this Summer.

There are not only locations which have taken over the sidewalks, now there are people carrying with them, from candies, pastries, crafts, personal items and fantasy jewelry, who do not hesitate to enter restaurants and small businesses to offer their products to the customer, including begging for money from diners and customers.

As with every Summer, many children are made by their parents or guardians to sell candies in the streets and commercial establishments, or simple to beg for money from every passerby who walks by them. However, now there are also young adults who chase after the tourists to offer some product or beg for money.

Among the business operators, they warn of beggars who have entered restaurant kitchens to demand food, as with last Sunday, July 29, at a well-known seafood restaurant in the Tourist Zone. Among the beggars have been some Americans.

Enrique Muñoz, head of the Rosarito Office of Inspection, Verification and Street Regulations, reported that during the last weekend of July they had guards in the Tourist Zone, who removed women who had come from the interior of Mexico to beg for money on the streets, along with their children.

He added that during the first weekend of August they will try to carry out operations in coordination with Municipal Child Protective Services, to detect children who are put in the streets to work or to beg money from passersby.

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80% of foreclosed homes have been taken over by squatters

Translated by Fulano from an article in Frontera.info.

TIJUANA, Baja California, July 29, 2018 – The State Real Estate Council says that squatting in homes, mainly foreclosed homes, is a strong inhibitor of investments and it continues to exist in spite of fact it is a criminal offense under the Penal Code.

Gustavo Chacón Aubanel, president of the State Real Estate Council, reported that more than 80% of foreclosed homes have been taken over by squatters, which causes a serious affect on safety in different areas.

He said to get them out of the homes, these squatters extort investors, demanding money, which creates crime and reduces community development, which impacts investment in Baja California.

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Businessmen are closing or plan to close their businesses in Rosarito due to kidnappings

Translated by Fulano from an article in Ecos de Rosarito.

Kidnappings and extortion have returned to Rosarito

While a young pharmacy businessman was kidnapped and freed after paying a ransom, the emblematic fruit and vegetable store La Serranita has closed its doors after the kidnapping of a young manager.

Regarding this last event, relatives said that criminals continued to threaten the victim after he was freed, sending him narco messages of threats, the motive by which they have decided to close the family business a week ago.

Regarding the kidnapping of the pharmacist, authorities have been keeping the issue a secret since the morning of Saturday, July 14, 2018, when the young man was kidnapped across from the Rosarito Beach Hotel in the tourist zone and in broad daylight.

At the beginning of this week, there was a story circulating that the young man had been freed alive, after the family paid a ransom which was thousands of dollars.

The stories say the young man was tortured for force the family to pay the ransom. They say he was freed with his nose broken and his ears very wounded from the torture methods used on him.

The stories also say the young man was held captive with other persons who had also been kidnapped and that one woman was executed at that location.

It is said the band of criminals doing the kidnappings have the appearance of ministerial police officers. It was said that days before the kidnapping, people who looked like ministerial police came to the pharmacy with a suspicious attitude and asked about some medication.

While businessmen and merchants live in fear of kidnappings, other have started to “pay extortion” to avoid being victims of criminal bands.

Owners of nightclubs said that charging extortion money has always been present in Rosarito, but now the conflicts and deaths are because of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, which is violently trying to take all the territory.

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Concern about the possibility of closing the Sea of Cortez

Translated by Fulano from an article in Colectivo Pericú.

There is an advanced intention for the complete closure of the Sea of Cortez in its international and territorial waters, such that no industrial extractive activity is carried out, which has already generated a concern from the National Chamber of the Fishing Industry.

This initiative is driven by the environmental organization Coalition to Defend Mexico’s Seas (CODEMAR), which stresses the need to consider as a refuge the enitre Gulf of California and Pacific coasts of the Baja peninsula.

The president of the National Chamber of Fisheries and Aquaculture (CANAIPESCA), Humberto Becerra Batista, has been declared as against the closure of the Gulf of California to make it a protected natural area, because 1.2 million people depend on and are involved with the production of 60 percent of the seafood produced in Mexico.

He said that there is already an established industry around fishing in the Gulf of California, such as shipyards, freezing chambers, fishing fleets, etc.

Humberto Becerra Batista says that behind this proposal to close the Gulf of California is a “radical” Non-Governmental Organization that works for a group of mining, tourist and landowners in Baja California.

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Chinese mafia and Mexican drug cartels make up the Totoaba cartels report reveals

Translated by Fulano from an article in Excelsior.com.mx.

Mexico City, July 19, 2018 – After and 14-month undercover investigation, the Elephant Action League (EAL) revealed the composition, location and modus operandi of the “Totoaba Cartels,” made up of the Chines mafia and organized crime organization in Mexico. Due to the illegal catching of that fish, they have been baptized “the cocained of the sea,” and have put the vaquita porpoise at the edge of extinction.

“Operation Fake Gold,” led by an old FBI agent, the former captain of the Sea Shepherd group, crime analysis specialists and Andrea Crosta, the Executive Director of EAL, who worked to infiltrate and extract first hand information, was filmed for the documentary “Vaquita – Sea Ghosts,” produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, which is scheduled for showing in the beginning of 2019.

The final report of the investigation establishes that the Totoaba Cartels are composed of dangerous Mexican criminals, the fishing communities of San Felipe and Santa Clara, businessmen and chinese entrepreneurs, mainly with a base of operation in Tijuana and Mexicali.

EAL created a profile of a Mexican trafficker identified as M11, 37 years old, married twice, who has children with four different women and owns 17 homes in San Felipe and 27 vehicles.

According to sources, M11 threatened and instilled fear to take control of the Totoaba business in San Felipe.

According to Operation Fake Gold, M11 was involved with the Tijuana drug cartel, and he pays them regularly to be able to transport Totoaba bladders along the routes they control.

The undercover activists also managed to describe the profile of a prominent Chinese businessman, identified as P9, who “has been operating several businesses in Mexico for many years. He operates in Tijuana and Ensenada and he is known as one of the ‘elderly Chinese,’ a community with strong ties to well educated businessmen who operate both legal and illegal businesses.”

“That man works in trafficking wild animals, including Totoaba bladders, and possibly human trafficking. He admits to being in the seafood business, but does not speak about legal or illegal business in seafood. His activities also involve other businesses, including import and export,” it said.

The report said that P9 manages funds for the members of the Totoaba Cartel, used to purchase bladders directly from the fishermen and the “mules” who transport them to Tijuana and Ensenada or Mexicali.

One well-informed source siad that he is directly a part of the Chinese mafia, but he deals with them to move illegal products.

The Totoaba distribution chain starts in the Upper Gulf of California, where owners of fishing cooperatives and local fishermen illegally capture Totoaba, an fish which has been protected since May 24, 1974. They use gillnets which also trap vaquitas.

The Totoaba swim bladder us removed at sea and the fish is tossed back into the sea. The bladders are delivered to a crew which is waiting on shore in pick-ups which pay up to US$5,000 dollars for a kilogram of bladders.

“The trafficker’s activities are carried out right in the open, as the coastline is a treeless desert. Drones and aircraft could easily detect their movements. There is only one highway from south of San Felipe up to Mexicali. The bladders are usually unloaded at local beaches, the poachers also use maritime routes and unload their cargoes in Puertecitos and Santa Clara, where there is total impunity as the entire area is controlled by the Totoaba Cartel,” the report revealed.

Local sources in San Felipe calculated that more than 80% of all the fishermen in the Upper Gulf of California are now illegally fishing for Totoaba.

The average salary for a legal fisherman in the region is US$400 to US$500 per month. Just one Totoaba bladder, if it is a female, which has a larger bladder, could be worth more than US$5,000 dollars for just one night’s work.

From the coasts of the Upper Gulf, the bladders are taken from locations in San Felipe, Santa Clara and sometimes Puerto Peñasco, to be sold to the first buyers.

The bladders are dried and rolled up so they can be transported discretely, usually in secret compartments in car and trucks, tied to people’s bodies, in bags or any hidden location available.

“At this point the second buyer enters the game, they are usually Chinese who live in Mexicali, Tijuana, Ensenada, Calexico, Mazatlán, Puerto Peñasco, Guaymas, or La Paz, who buy the bladders and move them with mules,” the report adds.

The bladders are transported to cites inside Baja California, in black markets operated by Chinese citizens.

They are transported as contraband to Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and other cities, including in the United States.

A means of delivery is in checked baggage traveling on connected flights. “This system seems to elude current airport controls. The sources indicate that Beijing, China, is one of the transfer stations where there is no documented baggage inspection.”

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Couple from Campeche kidnapped and murdered

Translated by Fulano from an article in Tribuna Campeche.

VERACRUZ – On July 11, 2018, Alicia Morales Menabrito, 28 years old, and her boyfriend Javier Váquez Navarro, 29, travelled from Campeche fo Coatzacoalcos to visit their relatives, but never arrived. They were found this Wednesday, murdered, and with a drug message on their bodies.

According to the official data, the young man worked as an employee of the Emerson oil company, a subcontractor for Pemex at the Sonda de Campeche, and his girlfriend stayed at home.

A few weeks ago they decided to visit Alicia’s mother, who lives in colonia María de la Piedad, however, they were intercepted before arriving at that home, according to local news.

News media say their captors demanded 5 million pesos (US$265,000) to free them. The money was paid to the criminals.

Early this morning, both bodies were left on the sidewalk on calle Agustín Lira, between 20 de Noviembre and Jacaranda, in colonia 1 Mayo, in Coatzacoalcos.

Veracruz governor, Miguel Angel Yunes Linares, said it was the Campeche tourists who had been killed.

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Investigating restaurant bar and hotel in La Salina

Translated by Fulano from an article in El Vigia.net.

July 16, 2018 – The Office of Urban Control, Ecology and Environment has started an administrative procedure on the operation of a restaurant bar and hotel in La Salina, which has no permits. In addition, a subdivision was started without authorization.

The development is administered and controlled by a group of Americans, who according to those complaining, force their customer to make payments for water rights in the United States.

According to the data from the Office, after a citizen’s complaint, they started an inspection of the rustic property called Rancho Torres, western section, with an area of 57,358.839 hectors (142,000 acres), which is located at kilometer 72.5 on the toll road between Tijuana and Ensenada.

Lot subdivision not registered

According to the information issued by the Office, after a review it was shown the the municipal government “has no registration to authorize a subdivision, nor are there any applications for a subdivision or creation of lots.”

In a document issued by the director of the Office of Urban Control, Ecology and Environment, Matilde López Chávez, she clarified that the Rancho Torres property, property registrar number ES-T86-002, with an area of 57,358.839 hectors is the only property registered.

The official reported said there are not building permits registered within the property, nor is there a permit for the operation of any business.

López Chávez told those complaining that last July 6, her Office carried out an inspection, as a hotel, restaurant and bar could be seen on the property.

The inspection was the result of a complaint about the installation of an electric gate which impeded the free flow of people who live in the area, where there are 75 homes.

Based upon this, the municipal agency started an administrative procedure against Porfirio Arellanes Torres, and anybody else found responsible, to force the legalization of the subdivision, the hotel and restaurant bar.

Residents of La Salina made a call to examine a series of irregularities which are occurring in the area, such as the case involving “Constuctores Pioneros,” which has left retired Americans totally defenseless.

They said that for the past decade, and even more recently, they have paid for rights to use the property.

“They have paid up to 30 years in advance. There are more than 200 homes here, between for homes and land rent, in some cases exceeds US$400,000 dollars,” they said.

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These are AMLO’s 50 Guidelines

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, president-elect, announced the “General Guidelines for Combating Corruption and the Application of a Republican Austerity Policy”, several of which he mentioned repeatedly during the electoral campaign.

There are 50 points that group his campaign promises and also specify the commitments that your government will make, relating for example to general, electoral and anti-corruption prosecutors. In this matter he said that there will be “absolute autonomy”, that they will not receive “orders” from the Presidency, they will have impartiality and they will avoid impunity, “regardless of who they are”.

Other highlighted data is the reduction of the salary of the future president who will now be placed 108,000 pesos per month, unlike the 270,000 pesos currently received by Enrique Peña Nieto.

At a press conference, AMLO explained that this amount represents 40% of Peña’s monthly salary and in that way he will fulfill his campaign promise to earn less than half of what the current president has.

Also, high-level officials with salaries of more than one million pesos a year will reduce their salary, but there the cuts will be gradual.

López Obrador committed to review the contracts with national or foreign companies and verify if they were granted through “influence or corruption.” He warned that if the national interest is affected, they will appeal to the Mexican Congress, as well as to national and international courts and offered that there will be no arbitrary actions, nor will confiscation or expropriation of property be carried out.

The 50 points released by López Obrador in his Sunday press conference:

1. Article 108 of the Constitution will be reformed so that the President of the Republic in office can be tried for electoral crimes and related to acts of corruption.

2. All legal privileges for public officials will be suspended.

3. The law will be reformed to also consider as serious crimes: influence peddling, corruption, association between officials and individuals to commit fraud of public funds, fuel theft and electoral fraud in any of its modalities. These charges will not allow the accused to obtain bail.

4. The Attorney General’s Office will have absolute autonomy, will not receive any orders from the Presidency of the Republic and its practices will adhere to the principle of law, according to which, at the margin of the law, nothing and no one is above the law.

5. The Electoral Prosecutor’s Office will guarantee that the elections are clean and free, will prevent, investigate and punish vote buying, coercion, threats, the use of the public budget and public goods to favor parties or candidates and will pursue any type of electoral fraud, will have impartiality and will be a basic instrument of society for the construction of an authentic democracy.

6. The Anti-Corruption Prosecutor will be the guarantor to avoid this evil that has so damaged Mexico, and will not allow impunity to prevail in any circumstance, the mandate that we received from the people in the elections of July 1, 2018 consisted basically of entrusting with us the urgent task of ending corruption and impunity, the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office will be able to act with absolute freedom and punish any person who commits a crime of that nature, regardless of who is involved, including political partners, officials, friends and relatives, A good judge starts with his own house.

7. All officials must present their declaration of assets and that of their close relatives, this information will be published and transparent in all cases.

8. The President of the Republic will earn less than half of what President Enrique Peña Nieto receives without any other form of compensation.

9. There will be no acquisitions of new vehicles for officials.

10. Computer systems will not be purchased in the first year of government.

11. There will be no more than five advisers per Secretary in the Federal Government.

12. Only secretaries of the Cabinet or equivalent will have private secretaries.

13. There will be no bonuses or other cushy jobs and salaries will be comprehensive in compliance with the Constitutional text that literally says “Remuneration is considered as any income in cash or in kind including expenses, bonuses, prizes, rewards, incentives, commissions, compensation and any other except for expenses subject to verification that are specific to the development of work and travel expenses in official activities.

14. Travel expenses will be limited to what is essential.

15. Any item for private medical expenses will be deleted.

16. There will be no special savings account, that is, the item known as “Individual Separation Insurance” will no longer exist.

17. You will not travel abroad without authorization from the Secretary and the corresponding departure will be limited to what is indispensable.

18. Trusts and any other mechanism used to conceal public funds and evade legality and transparency will be canceled.

19. With the exception of officials directly related to the implementation of public security policies, no others will have bodyguards.

20. All the programs and structures published: major offices, press offices, publications offices, legal offices, purchasing offices, internal comptrollerships, delegations and others, the functions or corresponding programs will be centralized in a single unit or coordination.

21. There will be a 70 percent reduciton in senior staff and 70 percent of the respective operating expenses.

22. The salaries of senior public officials who earn more than one million pesos per year will be reduced by half; such reduction will be applied in a progressive and proportional manner; the amount saved should be equivalent to 50 percent of the current expenditure.

23. Nobody can use private planes or helicopters, the Federal Government fleet of aircraft and helicopters will be sold, only air vehicles destined for civil protection security and air ambulances will be kept.

24. Pensions to former presidents of the Republic will be canceled.

25. The use of official vehicles and other public assets for private matters will be prohibited.

26. Public officials will be prohibited from hiring family members.

27. Workers will work from Monday to Saturday and at least eight hours a day.

28. You can not go to work while intoxicated or drink alcoholic beverages in public offices.

29. Government advertising spending will be reduced by 50 percent.

30.Finance, communications, energy and officials of other areas officials will be prohibited from joining in parties, meals, sports games or trips with contractors, concessionaires, large contributors, suppliers or investors linked to the public function.

31. No public official may use at his home workers at the service of the State if such is not allowed or he does not have authorization to do so.

32. No official without an emergency cause may order the closure of streets, stop traffic, not respect traffic lights or park in prohibited places.

33. No merchandise will be acquired of which there is already sufficient in existence in public warehouses.

34. No offices will be remodeled or luxury furniture purchased.

35. Only secretaries and undersecretaries will have the support of drivers.

36. The police and the military of the different corporations will not be at the service of officials or individuals without full justification.

37. The Presidential General Staff will be fully incorporated into the Secretariat of National Defense and will be responsible for the protection and surveillance of public spaces, strategic facilities and the security of Mexicans.

38. The official Los Pinos residence will become part of the Chapultepec forest and will become a space for art and culture.

39. There will no longer be costumes or any protocol and ceremonial expenses dedicated to the president or his close collaborators and relatives.

40. All work of espionage and telephone tapping that affects the right to privacy of people will be canceled. The government’s intelligence system will be exclusively dedicated to the prevention of crimes, the fight against crime and the preservation of national security.

41. The assets of the offices will be taken care of by public servants to protect the collective heritage.

42. Unnecessary expenses for offices will be eliminated, along with electricity, water, land lines, mobile phones, internet, gasoline and other inputs paid by public funds.

43. Citizens will be treated with kindness in the offices and in any place where we are identified.

44. Government purchases will be made in a consolidated manner, through a call for citizen observation and the transparency office of the United Nations (UN).

45. Public works contracts of the government will be carried out through public bidding, with the participation of citizens and observers from the UN.

46. ​​There will be no politics in the budget prepared by deputies and senators, the shameful practice of bribery will end, along with the so-called “moches” (pieces of the action).

47. No public official may receive gifts whose value exceeds 5,000 pesos.

48. The hiring of firms, or external consultants or advisors will not be authorized to prepare legislation, development plans, work reports, any type of analysis, drafting or recommendations that can be done with the work and the capacity of public servants.

49. In commercial or financial relations with international companies, preference will be given to those in countries whose governments are characterized by their honesty and bribery or corruption will be consitently punished.

50. Contracts signed with national or foreign companies that have been granted through influence or corruption and that cause damage to the Treasury will be reviewed, in case of anomalies that affect the national interest they will be addressed with the Congress and National and International Courts, always driven by legal means, we will not act arbitrarily, nor will there be confiscation or expropriation of property.

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