▲ President Andrés Manuel López Obrador shows in the National Palace the hammock that three Mexiquenses unjustly imprisoned in Tabasco gave him.Photo Pablo Ramos
Arturo Sanchez Jimenez and Emir Olivares
Newspaper La Jornada
Saturday, October 8, 2022, p. 6
A hammock that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador promised to use in his house in Tabasco was the gift woven for him by three inhabitants of the state of Mexico who unjustly spent almost two years behind bars and whose criminal proceedings ended in his release from the intervention of the president.
Aníbal Cerón Hernández, César Augusto Vázquez Cureño and Juan Carlos Pérez sent the present to the president along with a letter that was read yesterday at the morning conference:
It was made with our tears of men sunk in desolation, impotence, frustration, and that fear that poor people have when we fall into the hands of corrupt authorities and we feel that justice is very far from us..
Their misfortune began when they went to work in Balancán, Tabasco, sent by the company they worked for. There they were kidnapped by criminals in collaboration with authorities, who extorted money from the company and the families of the three young people. They were later accused of kidnapping and spent almost two years incarcerated in the Tenosique prison.
An independent reporter (who yesterday delivered the hammock sent by the young people) took the case to a morning show last March. There, López Obrador instructed the Secretary of Security and Citizen Protection, Rosa Icela Rodríguez, to attend to the matter.
The intercession of the federal government moved the gears of justice, which until then had been denied to the young people, who were found not only innocent of the kidnapping of which they had been accused, but also recognized as victims.
Mr. President, this gift that we are sending you today is not expensive, but it is valuable. It is one of the many hammocks that we learned to weave in prison during almost two years of unjust imprisonmentSaid Aníbal, César Augusto and Juan Carlos.
From your intervention to investigate the truth, our pains turned into great encouragement and deep faith. We give it to him so that when he rests on it and those thousands of threads with which it is made cover him as a symbol of all the lives to which he has restored light and hope in the present and future as President of Mexico.they added.
Thank you and a warm hug, replied the president. Showing the hammock that was sent to him, he said:
Here in the Palace it is not possible, but at home I do have my hammocks… We are going to enjoy it there.
When asked about the request of the National Search Commission for a budget increase of 300 million pesos to put the National Center for Human Identification into operation, the President assured that all the resources that are needed will be granted.