Andrea Becerril and Victor Ballinas
Newspaper La Jornada
Wednesday, September 7, 2022, p. 4
The minutes of the Chamber of Deputies by which the operational control of the National Guard (GN) is under the Ministry of National Defense (Sedena) entered the Senate yesterday, took turns in commissions and could be voted on Thursday, since Morena desisted of trying to immediately approve this initiative by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
In a closed-door meeting, part of the Moreno senators proposed to process the minute yesterday, but in the end the group agreed that it was best to follow the normal path, since it does not have the qualified majority necessary for the waiver of procedures.
At a press conference, Morena’s coordinator, Ricardo Monreal, pointed out that the agreement was unanimous that the legislative process be carried out
neatly and open the debate. The concerns of some social groups will be heard, she stressed.
Yesterday, during the conference, Monreal allowed two members of a group called Feminists against militarization to speak, which includes various groups that are against the reform and demanded that it not be approved.
Those same women, led by Denise Dresser, shouted at Senator Citlalli Hernández and demanded that she receive them and handed her a document.
The general secretary of Morena later wrote on Twitter that she will meet today with the activists who requested it, but not with Dresser, since, she stressed,
I know your political agenda.
The president of the Senate, Alejandro Armenta, gave input to the minute and turned it over to the Justice and Legislative Studies commissions, which are chaired as of yesterday by Olga Sánchez Cordero and Rafael Espino de la Peña, respectively.
The issue immediately caused controversy, since the PAN member Kenia López Rabadán protested and demanded that the minute also be turned over to the Human Rights Commission that she chairs, which was rejected by the majority of Morena and her allies.
In the afternoon, the joint commissions of Justice and Second Legislative Studies declared themselves in permanent session to analyze and rule on the minutes.
Morena and her political allies refused to open the discussion to an open parliament.