María Fernanda Cabal denounces bureaucratic feast and waste on diplomatic payroll

María Fernanda Cabal denounces bureaucratic feast and waste on diplomatic payroll
María Fernanda Cabal denounces bureaucratic feast and waste on diplomatic payroll

DIPLOMATIC BUREAUCRACY (I). The senator of the Democratic Center, María Fernanda Cabal, attacked the Petro government for the bureaucratization of the diplomatic payroll and the high cost of creating ten embassies. According to the Uribe parliamentarian, these dozen diplomatic headquarters would have an annual cost of almost 18.4 billion pesos, this with the dollar trading at $3,862 and the euro at $4,192. This is without counting the costs of salaries, ambassadors’ bonuses and others, as well as fees. As is known, the new embassies would be those of Guyana, Barbados, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Ethiopia, Angola, the Czech Republic and Romania. The tenth embassy, ​​which would be in Ramallah, is the most controversial: that of the state of Palestine.

DIPLOMATIC BUREAUCRACY (II). Cabal did not end his barrage there. He recalled that a journalistic investigation a year ago indicated that 28 of the 53 ambassadors at that time did not have a diplomatic career. That is, 54%. According to the senator, personnel expenses in the Foreign Ministry increased from $570,252 million in 2023 to $673,723 million in 2024. That is, an increase of 18.14%. The difference, she indicated, would be $103,471 million more in spending.

DIPLOMATIC BUREAUCRACY (III). Cabal warned that the creation of the 125 diplomatic positions by the Petro government cost $51,808 million per year. “Petro’s waste of public money is absolute while they propose another tax reform to get more money from Colombians…” he said. Finally, he questioned diplomatic appointments headed by friends and allies of the government such as Moisés Ninco Daza in Mexico, ⁠⁠Sebastián Guanumen in Chile, ⁠⁠Camilo Romero in Argentina, ⁠⁠León Fredy Muñoz in Nicaragua, ⁠⁠Armando Benedetti at FAO, Roy Barreras in the United Kingdom, Juan Manuel Corzo in Paraguay and the former minister ⁠⁠Irene Vélez at a consulate in London.

UNDUE PRESSURE? A tweet from the former president of the House, David Racero, of the Historical Pact, did not go down well in Congress, who said that the “governors must be very clear that if their congressmen do not process the debt quota bill, the projects to Their departments are at risk.” For a former departmental president, what the Petrista parliamentarian stated could be considered a kind of “undue pressure,” since he puts congressmen between a rock and a hard place. He indicated that the government strategy is “irrational” and should lead parliamentarians from opposition parties and independents to voice their protest.

ARGUMENTAL POVERTY? A former assistant magistrate of a High Judicial Court told a journalist from EL NUEVO SIGLO that the debate on the restriction or prohibition of cell phones in schools and colleges in Colombia is characterized by its “high poverty of argument,” denoting “the breadth and “superficial” analysis of pedagogical variables in the local educational system. He recalled that, in the United States, but especially in some European nations, this has been a “very deep” discussion, where very important ideas have come to light in pedagogy, epistemology, the structure of cognitive processes, the primacy and scale of values ​​and rights, as well as the forms of impact of technological tools on curricula and teaching mechanisms.

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