The lawyer Loly Herrera Lavado, who was the legal defender of the mother of the Secretary General of Free Peru Vladimir Cerrón, was appointed as Secretary General of the Ministry of Health. Ministerial Resolution – dated November 7 – bears the signature of the head of the Minsa, Kelly Poratalatino, who in turn is a congressman from the pencil party.
According to RM No. 880-2022/MINSA, attorney Loly Herrera Lavado was appointed to the position of Secretary General of the Ministry of Health. The publication in the newspaper El Peruano, making the appointment official, bears the signature of Minister Kelly Portalatino, who took office on October 27.
Loly Herrera Lavado is a lawyer openly linked to Vladimir Cerrón. He was one of the lawyers who signed the habeas corpus presented by the secretary general of Peru Libre to release 27 people involved in the Los Dinámicos del Centro case, a line of fiscal investigation that seeks to determine the origin of the money that financed the campaign that led to Pedro Castillo to the presidency.
On the other hand, this lawyer also assumed the legal defense of Bertha Rojas, mother of Vladimir Cerrón, in the lawsuit they brought against César Combina, former parliamentarian of Fuerza Popular, for the alleged crime against honor in the form of aggravated defamation. The former congressman was accused of damaging the memory of her husband Jaime Cerrón Palomino by linking him to Sendero Luminoso.
Finally, it is not the first time that during the Government of Pedro Castillo Herrera Lavado he started working in the State. In February of this year, he was appointed Secretary General of the Ministry of Energy and Mines (Minem), a position he is considered trustworthy. Position in which he remained until the end of May 2022.
Portalatino, the cerronista quota in the Minsa
After the resignation of Hernando Cevallos from the Ministry of Health, accepted on February 8, 2022, the cerronista quota began to enter the Minsa. The appointment of Hernán Condori had little success because he only remained in office until April, since he was censured by the Congress of the Republic, which attributed him to a lack of suitability. This for having promoted a cervical cancer diagnostic service without having the specialty and for promoting the sale of clustered water, to which he attributed medicinal properties without having scientific support.
In the face of Condori Machado’s censorship, Vladimir Cerrón appointed a man he trusted, Jorge López Peña, who, after assuming the leadership of the Ministry of Health, showed a rather cautious profile and little in the media compared to his predecessor. It was, finally, a scandal for having used Minsa workers to make deposits —through the ‘smurfing’ technique— to the account of his ex-partner for the purchase of an apartment, which led to his falling to late October.