Harvey Quiltedleader of the special PNP team that investigates Pedro Castillo’s environment, revealed today that the political pact between the Popular Action congressmen known as ‘Los Niños’ and the former president began before the latter began his government.
The Police colonel appeared before the Subcommittee on Constitutional Accusations and pointed out that the first contact Castillo had was with legislator Carlos Zeballos, on July 24, 2021.
“The ex-president asked Zeballos who he could talk to so that there is an alliance, and the congressman gave him the number of his colleague Darwin Espinoza; Espinoza was at the Meliá hotel, we have the records of the hotel where he stayed between July 21 and 28, 2021, ″he explained.
Colchado specified that Auner Vásquez, presidential adviser, went to the aforementioned hotel on behalf of Castillo to talk with Espinoza. “There they agree so that the government party (Perú Libre) achieves the votes and thus obtains the board of directors of Congress,” he said.
According to the police officer, on September 7, 2021, nine legislators went to the Palace to agree with Castillo to cede them public positions in exchange for votes that save him from a vacancy request or censorship and interpellations from ministers.
The congressmen who put together their list of possible officials were Wilson Soto, Ilich López, Darwin Espinoza and Jorge Flores.
Although the then president initially agreed to the request, there was an altercation because the Chotano professor realized that the positions they required were already held by people from Peru Libre.
In addition to this, he appointed José Incio as Minister of Production, who was not proposed by ‘Los Niños’.
“Castillo tells Auner Vásquez to tell Espinoza that in a month he will remove Minister Incio and he was going to name the one that the children would propose; Thus, in November Jorge Prado Palomino was appointed as Minister of Production”, said Colchado.
He added that on December 7, 2021, when the first vacancy request was debated in Parliament, ‘Los Niños’ voted against it, thus concluding the agreement with the then ruler.