Sichel’s campaign coordinator, Juan José Santa Cruz, stated that “no company approached DC to donate money. It was the DC that went to the companies to ask for money ”. From the phalanx, they rejected the accusations.
A little over a month before the presidential elections, the campaign took on high tension yesterday. This time, the main protagonist was the candidate of Chile We Can More, Sebastián Sichel, who accused the Christian Democrats of being behind a “political operation, orchestrated to discredit us.”
The accusation was generated by a Chilevisión report that denounced the irregular financing of his campaign for deputy in 2009, when he was a member of the phalanx.
At the headquarters of his command, and surrounded by his close circle, he indicated that “they intend to link me to irregular financing of politics. I say it loud and clear, I have no knowledge of the antecedents shown yesterday (Tuesday).”
“My knowledge is regarding a surrender that was approved by the Servel and that never in twelve years has been subject to any investigation. The incredible thing is that after twelve years someone tries to muddy that campaign,” he questioned.
The official standard-bearer maintained that “there are many passive accomplices hiding there, trying to muddy that campaign and not clarify everything that they hid as irregular financing of politics during the 2009 and 2013 campaign.”
And he continued stating that “I challenge them”, it would be interesting for them to show “what happened with the financing of Soquimich and other campaigns during 2009 and 2013 and to make it transparent.”
The candidate said that his “mistake” has been to enter successively into the discussions of the “old politics” with the opposition “about what I did in my private life, about what I have worked and developed and even what happened to a campaign that I missed”.
Regarding the financing of his failed deputy campaign in 2009, he reiterated that he was unaware of the facts mentioned in the report and that his campaign coordinator, Cristóbal Acevedo, resigned the same day the news was broadcast. “He has to clarify and he will take legal action as he pointed out,” he said.
Categorical, the coordinator of Sichel’s campaign, Juan José Santa Cruz -who also belonged to the DC in 2009 and was treasurer of that community- also spoke at the command: “I tell you with full knowledge, no company was approaching the DC to donate money. It was DC that went to the companies to ask for money. “
Vehemently, he added: “I would demand from Mr. Latorre (PDT of the DC in 2009) that he has been so categorical that he made it transparent which companies and to whom they donated, he knows it perfectly and I know it.”
Santa Cruz said that “those who managed that campaign were DC militants. If someone believes that a 30-year-old candidate had contact with big companies in Chile, it is infinite naivety, that role was fulfilled by DC.”
DC dismisses accusations
By means of a public statement, the phalanx responded to the accusations of Sichel and his command. “Nobody sensible can believe that the representative of Chile Podemos Más has not known who financed him in his 2009 candidacy; especially when the ballots are signed by figures from his own environment.”
In this line, they said they adhere to what was declared by the former president of the DC, Juan Carlos Latorre, regarding that these sums “were managed directly by Sichel and his environment” and that “the intention to get involved as a party is due to desperation of Chile We Can More “.
The statement concluded by announcing that “we reserve legal and criminal actions to respond to this accusation, which only seeks to save a candidacy that no longer has a return.”
Economic advisor Patricio Rojas
exposed program before Sofofa
The head of candidate Sebastián Sichel’s economic program, Patricio Rojas, spoke yesterday for almost two hours before representatives of the Sociedad de Fomento Fabril (Sofofa).
On the occasion, the economist explained the proposals electronically and answered queries on various issues related to infrastructure, concessions and telecommunications.
The questions from the private sector representatives focused on growth, fiscal sustainability, institutions and the constituent process.
This meeting takes place within the framework of the interest of the manufacturing union to internalize the proposals of the presidential candidates.
A week ago, there was a similar meeting with Diego Pardow and Javiera Martínez, the coordinators of the programmatic team of the presidential candidate of Approve Dignity, Gabriel Boric.
Pardow and Martínez presented the economic axes of Boric’s government program in about 40 minutes, and then – as yesterday – they answered questions and proposals from those present.