Corruption charges and unethical behavior are becoming a daily event these days, like in the earlier post about corruption in PDVSA. I wonder if it is related to the fact that the regime is weakening as people see and end to the Chavez era. Today charges flew right and left confirming that Chavez’ MVR and his Government have become a cesspool of corruption and unethical behaviors:
-Last night Hugo Chavez left behind his sheepish attitude when he blasted the media for not accepting advertising from “the parties supporting his Government”. Unfortunately, and as revealed by Tal Cual today, the problem was that the advertising submitted to the TV station as part of Chavez’ Movimiento Quinta Republica party (MVR) was submitted and paid by none other than PDVSA. Imagine this, a Government company PDVSA, pays and submits and ad for a party (MVR) in what has a number of violations of Venezuelan law. First of all, this is outright corruption as a Government company is financing the campaign of a private party. Second, Venezuela‘s electoral law explicitly prohibits ANY advertising by any Government agency in political campaigns or elections. Finally, by publicly filing a complaint in a nationwide TV address on behalf of his party, Hugo Chavez is violating the ethical separation between his Government and his party. By the way, this is nothing new and has been going on throughout the five years of the Chavez administration. What may be interesting is that Chavez made the charges and was likely not informed of who was financing the campaign or why it was rejected by the TV stations. At the same time, the constant abuses by the Chávez administration and his party have simply blurred this ethical separation to the point that many of them do not even believe it exists.
-The Secretary General of the Confederation of Unions (CTV), which groups all unions, said today that they had filed charges against the Governor of Lara State Luis Reyes Reyes, for using public funds to buy out people to sign the petition against opposition Deputies. The Governor was caught in fraganti, distributing TV’s, bags of food and bicycles to anyone that would sign the petitions in his state. His actions were caught on both video and still pictures and have been broadcast all over the nation. Curiously the Attorney General said that nobody had made any formal charges against Governor Reyes Reyes. (In Venezuela there is such a thing as noticia criminis by which authorities are supposed to automatically investigate any crime that is denounced in the media.
-Under the orders of General Garcia Carneiro, General Commanders of all Venezuelan Forces, a film is been shown in all army units which enumerates the virtues of being a member of the Venezuelan Armed Forces and portrays all military officials who declared themselves a year ago in civil disobedience as coupsters. It is obligatory for everyone to see the film and write a summary of it, which is later sent to the Department of psychological operations of the Army. The first part of the movie shows the achievements of the Armed Forces under Chavez. The second part is composed of segments taken out of the movie “The revolution will be televised” leaving no doubt in my mind as to who financed that effort.
-One of the saddest characters of the Chavez administration is the People’s Ombudsman, German Mundarain. Mundarain who is supposed to defend the people from the Government appears not to understand is position and does exactly the opposite; he defends the Government from any attacks. Well, this week it was learned that Mundarain forced employees from his office to act as witnesses for Chavez’ MVR party in last weeks petition drive. The word ethics simply does not exist for this poor soul named German Mundarain.