AMERICA/EL SALVADOR - "Corruption is an endemic evil" underlines Cardinal Rosa Chávez on the case of the "ghost seats"

Tuesday, 30 March 2021 politics   corruption   poverty   bishops  


San Salvador (Agenzia Fides) - The Salvadoran population continues to be astonished by the results of the investigation of the Legislative Assembly on "ghost seats", as the local press calls them. Almost a month after the elections at the end of February, the President of the Legislative Assembly asked to pay the salaries of the members of the Assembly who had worked for the entire previous term, including the holders of the so-called "ghost seats", that is to say, people who have never been present in the Assembly. Therefore, it was found that there are about a thousand salaries to be paid for these "ghost seats".
Cardinal Gregorio Rosa Chávez, Auxiliary of San Salvador, also spoke on Sunday about the investigations underway. He affirmed that this is a "very delicate" issue and that "it involves a lot of responsibility and a lot of objectivity, because it gives the feeling of having the purpose of wanting to search or find culprits in a moment". "Impunity and evasion from justice to favor the most powerful people hurts a lot, because the poor are always the ones who pay the price", he stressed.
Cardinal Rosa Chávez believes that not only are there "ghost posts" in the Legislative Assembly, but there are also in other state offices, because "corruption is an endemic evil, a very old evil ... When there is great discretion, these things happen, therefore, you have to be very objective and also discover the entire universe of corruption, wherever it is", concluded the Cardinal. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 30/03/2021)