The appointment of Juan Silva in charge of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications was one of the constant criticisms that the government of President Castillo has received since he took office. The resigning minister remained during the four cabinet changes despite the criticisms against him. It is only recently that after the declarations of Karelim López before the prosecution, Silva issues his resignation, the same that was communicated by the president through his social networks.
The reactions were immediate, especially from the opposition in Congress. For her part, the congresswoman for Avanza País, Patricia Chirinos, said that Silva “should never have been named”. The parliamentarian believes that this should not have happened due to a lack of experience in the sector, but because “his only record is having been a school principal”. lines below, Chirinos stressed that the objective to be aimed at “will be to rid our country of Castillo.” It should be remembered that she was the one who promoted the first failed vacancy attempt against the president.
Congresswoman Flor Pablo, a representative member of the Purple Party, recalled that together with her colleague Susel Paredes, censorship was promoted against Minister Silva “for the degree of ineptitude and the serious accusations made during his current administration”. However, the resignation was ahead of the measure promoted by Congress. Pablo said that he hoped to know the votes of an eventual censorship to “know who are the congressmen who do exercise political control.”
Daniel Salaverry, the questioned former Fujimori congressman who caused controversy after his appointment as president of the Perupetro board of directors, sent a message to the President of the Republic. “If you’ve already made up your mind to clean the house, do it right, get the job done”, he said to point out that the Ministry of Transport is not the only entity that needs changes. “Facing corruption without fear”, were the words of the member of the Congress dissolved by Martín Vizcarra.
As is customary, the former president of the Council of Ministers in the government of Ollanta Humala, Ana Jara, had a colloquial statement. “How agile the Executive!” He wrote about the president’s actions in the face of the crisis facing the MTC before Parliament. “If they were that quick to provide solutions to the political crises that they themselves generate, they would save us so much instability.”, said the lawyer.
For his part, former Minister Basombrío was surprised by his theory of “flight risk” by the president, who asked Congress for permission to travel to Chile. He recalled that this has already happened in our political history, the most recent being Alberto Fujimori’s resignation from Japan via fax. Basombrío believes that such facility should not be granted so that it is understood as “a well-deserved first political sanction to whom, according to his accomplice Karelim López, set up a criminal organization.”
Columnist Juan José Marthans criticized Pedro Castillo’s publication announcing Silva’s resignation from the MTC. In this he thanked him for “the services rendered”, a phrase that Marthans used to ironize. “Were they borrowed or bought? A simple question ”, were his comments. It should be remembered that, according to a publication in El Comercio, Karelim López would have involved the president in a mafia that operated from the ministry led by Silva.
At the close of this note, Silva’s resignation from the MTC had already been made official through a publication in an extraordinary edition of the official newspaper El Peruano. The gratitude for the “services rendered to the Nation” were also part of the published document.