The Commander-in-Chief of the Navy, Admiral Juan Andrés de la Maza, personally apologized to President Gabriel Boric and Defense Minister Maya Fernández for the controversial speech by former Admiral Miguel Ángel Vergara at the last meeting of the Maritime League of Chile, an opportunity in which he called on the members of that branch of the Armed Forces to be willing to carry out an “approach” against an “internal enemy” that threatens the future of the country.
As reported emmol, a source assured that Admiral De la Maza made the gesture at the Navy Command. “While they were having a coffee, there were several authorities from the Armed Forces and parliamentarians present. He apologized to them personally and from the institution, ”the source would have told Emol. Admiral de la Maza was, by the way, one of the guests at the lunch that takes place every year as part of the commemoration of the Day of Naval Glories.
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“The Commander in Chief tells everyone that Vergara’s statements do not represent the institution and that there is no internal enemy. That the enemy of Chile is outside the country. There were between 100 and 200 guests, “said the witness, according to the diqrio. The same source assured that Boric “thanked De la Maza’s words and said that the internal enemy was not in the country but within us, that it is cowardice, intolerance and that it had to be confronted. Prat’s example of courage and bravery had to be followed”.
“He also remembered an anecdote, that when he was young he had friends who were children of sailors and that they managed to share a short time in Magallanes because they were transferred,” he added.