The worst crisis in the Government has been generated by questioned designated characters in the last ministerial cabinetlike the congressman Hector Valer, appointed in the premiership. This decision was made by the president himself. peter castle with the advice of officials who make up the so-called “shadow cabinet”.
Several resignations from the previous ministerial team confirm that the head of state listens more to his advisers than to his own ministers. More than one of those officials applied unsuccessfully for a popularly elected position for different political parties. Today the president prefers to listen to them.
According to sources inside the Government Palace, this group has an increasingly higher level of influence, so much so that it supported Valer as prime minister. This shadow cabinet, having presidential backing, feels empowered to carry out various “mishandling.”
They are the ones who organize the presidential agenda without coordinating with other officials who are not close to them, they propose appointments of senior officials and even order the messages on social networks.
His actions could derive, according to consultations, in acts of usurpation of functions, influence peddling and corruption, because, among other facts, they alter the information in the registry of visits to the Government Palace. For this fact, they give visitors the option of not registering their position or the institution they represent, omitting the official visited or not reporting the encounter.
One of the most controversial is Biberto Castillo León, former advisor hired through the Management Support Fund (FAG) system. He was fired on February 1 for the then Secretary General of the Palace, Carlos Jaico; however, despite this, the sources consulted report that the former consultant continues to visit the entity. The other Castillo was an advisor to former legislator Álvaro Gutiérrez, of the Nationalist Party, who told ‘Panorama’ that, in some way, he “extorted” officials and was in charge of placing people close to him in key positions.
According to the Infogob portal, castle lion has gone through different political forces with which he unsuccessfully sought to come to power in the Congress (with the National Justice Party, 2006), as well as the Los Olivos mayor’s office. For this position he insisted in recent years with Todos por el Perú, Por ti Los Olivos and Perú Patria Segura (2018). Since September 2021, she has been a member of Somos Perú (SP) and the president of this party, Patricia Li Soteloannounced him as his candidate for the aforementioned district in these 2022 elections.
What’s more, He was the one who pressed for the appointment of Daniel Salaverry, also from SP, as president of the board of directors of Perupetro. A source tells that the group of chotanos with Auner Vasquez They were the ones who took him to the Palace and that, once inside, he and his group promoted the exit of Vásquez himself. Another source indicates that it was Vladimir Cerrón who recommended it, but no one from that environment responded about it.
The other adviser is Undersecretary General Beder Ramón Camacho Gadea, who before the resignation of Carlos Jaico assumes the interim general secretariat. According to the same sources, he coordinated the visits of representatives of the Teachers’ Party to the Palace and, according to other information, he was backed by Cerrón.
Camacho ran for mayor of Casma, in the province of Ancash, in the 2014 elections for the Siempre Unidos party, and in 2018 he unsuccessfully sought to be a regional councilor for National Restoration, today called National Victory.
Camacho works together with Franco Pomalaya Neyrawho in September last year aggressively prevented a journalist from passing. The university student was an activist with the Dignity Collective and applied for the Broad Front to be a district councilor in 2018.
Another official close to the president is Jose Luis Cristobal, who was his photographer on the campaign trail despite previously working as a graphic designer. From December 2021, the Prosecutor’s Office investigates their hiring by considering as a hypothesis that they would be irregular by not meeting the requirements for the positions.
Wilson Pretel He entered as a replacement for Auner Vásquez. He applied to be district councilor of Los Olivos in 2018 for Peru Patria Segura. He previously worked as a lawyer in the PCM and as an assistant in the Congress of the Republic.
Jaime Idrogowho was in charge of the interviews given by the president, would have been recommended as a friend of the first lady, Lilia Paredes. The newspaper Vision Informa Hoy shared a poster of Idrogo as a candidate for the Legislature for New Peru. We tried to contact him to clarify the case, but he did not answer.
Rodolfo Ramirezsecretary of the Council of Ministers, was affiliated until 2017 in the extinct Peru Possible.
Reliable sources mention that the firm’s consultants are also part of it: Pablo Hernández, Henry Shimabukuro, who warned of the suspicious payments for the construction of the Alinsa warehouse owned by Kenji, Sachi and Hiro Fujimori; and the assistant to the presidential office Sandra Paico, who was in charge of the false statement in the registry of visits to the Palace that the Comptroller detected in August 2021.
Sources also mention that the Minister of Foreign Trade, Roberto Sánchez, has been in talks with this “shadow cabinet.” Despite being consulted on the subject, he did not respond.
What unites the president with the advisers?
According to Palace sources, the advisers are pressing to remove certain officials who are not in accordance with their plans..
One of them would be Carlos Jacobwho met with Repsol representatives at the Spanish embassy, a fact that was disseminated by this group and that motivated the Prosecutor’s Office to investigate it.
Another case would be Gregorio Falconiwho until yesterday, Saturday, was the Press Director of the Government Palace.
People close to the environment consider that this close relationship, despite the serious accusations against officials, shows that The president would have “very personal issues that do not allow him to separate.” For this reason, Castillo is seen as “alienated” by these advisers.
Reliable sources mention that the firm’s consultants are also part of it: Pablo Hernández and Henry Shimabukuro, who noticed the suspicious payments for the construction of the Alinsa warehouse owned by Kenji, Sachi and Hiro Fujimoro. In addition, they mention Sandra Paico, a consultant hired through the FAG system and who now makes up the team of the Secretariat of the Council of Ministers.
The lawyer reaffirms this position as false and points out that in the Comptroller’s report, which indicated her as being in charge of the false declaration in the registry of visits to the Palace in August 2021, this error was due to system problems. Paico clarifies that she, being new to this task and without having been trained, entered the data only with the people’s DNI, but that after the Punto Final report, they realized the error when the institution of the teachers of the Fenatep.
“I am a very correct person, I would never steal a sun from the State,” he mentions and adds that he never advised or supported any mishandling within the entity.