Jorge Rodríguez: The $ 100 offered by Guaidó to health personnel is a hoax and a scam
The Heroes of Health plan, proposed by Juan Guaidó, is a scam, 100 dollars offered by the deputy of the extreme right for health personnel in Venezuela are a hoax, said this Friday the sector vice president of Communication, Tourism and Culture, Jorge Rodríguez, during the daily report offered by the National Executive on Covid-19.
“It’s important that receipt of collection doesn’t imply admission to the program. But that was not what he (Guaidó) had said. He had said that he was going to give $ 100 to all the doctors and all the nurses. And where do those dollars come from? Not from his pockets, from Donald Trump’s pocket? No, it’s from the money that was stolen, from hundreds of millions of dollars that went from an account that Citgo had in a North American private bank and that went to the Federal Reserve account, he detailed.
Likewise, Minister of Popular Power for Communication and Information explained that on the platform provided by Guaidó it is seen in the small letters that not all staff will benefit from this bonus, but those who are chosen by them and that the registration in This does not guarantee the obtaining of the bonus.
“Juan Guaidó indicated that he was going to deposit Venezuelan doctors money on the website with his accomplice Luis Almagro, but it seems that the page fell several times. They are only going to give 100 dollars to the doctors they choose, it is not all the doctors, nor the nurses and in four days the registration period on a supposed Facebook page that does not exist is over, because when you try to open does not open, “he said.
Rodríguez wondered how can you be so mean? How can you be so miserable? How can you be so petty? Instead of heeding the call made by the constitutional president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro Moros, on thirteen occasions, for the signing of a humanitarian agreement, and for all of us together: opposition, government and independent to face this epidemic for Covid -19.
Minister Jorge Rodríguez questioned whether the hundreds of millions of dollars that were taken from Venezuela are in Monómeros. They are dammed in Europe and could very well be used to address the Covid-19 pandemic.
He called for these resources to be used through a multilateral mechanism with the United Nations (UN) to address the pandemic in Venezuela: “Not a single doctor or a single nurse has been able to collect a single penny, the that if they received they were the opposition deputies ”.
On the other hand, he pointed out that the deputies “if they are collecting their share with retroactive and everything. Each opposition deputy received $ 5,000 retroactively, each main deputy received 5,000 times five, that’s $ 25,000. The Uribista deputies have asked Iván Duque, President of Colombia, to please stop this bleeding and this robbery there in Monómeros. Enough hypocrisy, don’t mess with Venezuela, “he warned.
Venezuelan opposition legislators have awarded themselves a monthly salary of US $5000, the Associated Press reported on Thursday.
Two opposition deputies and three aides to opposition leader Juan Guaido confirmed the salaries on condition of anonymity, concerned that the disclosure could cause further rifts in the anti-government ranks.
The payout provision was secretly tucked into a bill passed last week by lawmakers loyal to Guaido, which establishes a $80 million “Liberation Fund” to provide healthcare workers combatting the coronavirus pandemic with US $100 bonuses for a duration of three months.
Around 60,000 healthcare providers will reportedly qualify for the monthly benefit, which will be transferred electronically via a digital platform managed by the Organization of American States (now dismounted by the minister) .
It is unclear how the beneficiaries will be able to access and spend the bonuses, as most monetary transactions in Venezuela involve physical dollar payments or electronic payments in bolivars.
When announcing the plan last week, Guaido did not, however, divulge that $13.6 million, or 17 percent of the fund, is earmarked for “the defense and strengthening of the national legislative power and the social protection of its members”, which will be paid retroactively to January (not $5.000 but $25.000).
Guaido proclaimed himself “interim president” in January 2019 and was immediately recognized by Washington, which imposed an oil embargo and moved to freeze an estimated $11.6 billion in Venezuelan state assets in the US, including bank accounts as well as Venezuelan national oil company PDVSA’s US-based subsidiary, Citgo.
According to AP, the “Liberation Fund” will be financed via funds frozen in US-based Venezuelan government accounts.
The Trump administration recently moved $342m belonging to the Venezuelan Central Bank (BCV) from a frozen Citibank account to an account at the New York Federal Reserve. The Guaido-led opposition reportedly “approved” the measure, which the BCV called “plunder.”
AP reports that an additional 11 percent of the $80 million allocated will cover the expenses of diplomatic staff in countries that recognize Guaido, while other funds will be dedicated to communications outreach and judicial cooperation abroad.
The plan likewise contains a provision to include substitute opposition lawmakers on the $5000 monthly payroll.
Nonetheless, it remains to be seen how many legislators in the opposition-controlled National Assembly will receive the salaries.
Guaido lost the presidency of the National Assembly in January following a split in the opposition. He proceeded to set up a parallel parliament composed largely of substitute and exiled legislators, which retains support from the US, regional allies, and the European Union.
The dissident opposition faction currently at the helm of the National Assembly under President Luis Parra, as well as pro-government legislators, will very likely be excluded from the payout. Parra and other opposition figures were sanctioned after breaking ranks with Guaido in January.
Guaido has yet to gain access to the $80 million, which the Trump administration must reportedly approve by granting a special license access to a five-member commission.
Washington has repeatedly dispensed funds to the Venezuelan opposition, including $98 million in October and $52 million in September of last year.
The Venezuelan opposition under Guaido was dogged by corruption scandals in the second half of 2019. The opposition leader’s envoys to Colombia were revealed to have embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars of “humanitarian aid” destined for deserting soldiers, while corruption allegations hang over the opposition’s management of a Venezuelan petrochemical subsidiary in Colombia. Guaido also came under fire after photos surfaced showing him posing alongside notorious Colombian drug lords Los Rastrojos.