PRESIDENT OF TELOLOAPAN CUTS A DEAL WITHTHE FAMILIA MICHOACANA
IGNACIO DE JESUS VALLADARES SALGADO
MUNICIPAL PRESIDENT OF TELOLOAPAN, GUERRERO 2012-2015
This is Mexico’s truth, how cartels are allowed to operate with impunity and at will, how even good men are imprisoned by fear and terrorized at the thought of their love ones paying the price of any misstep on their part .
In the following video Ignacio Valladares Salgado, the elected mayor of the municipality of Teloloapan, Guerrero, has a conversation with representatives of the group “La Familia Michoacana” (LFM)
The location is nonspecific, but most likely near or in Teloloapan, it last for about six minutes. This appears to be the wooing stage of LFM. They ask in peace but the innuendo is clear that if the agreement (compromise) is broken there will be consequences. Seemingly the mayor finds himself in a potition of defeat either way he goes as he edges around the fact he has been approached by other groups.
The mayor appears relaxed in the meeting, and if not for the fact he is speaking with members representing ta drug cartel it would appear as just a typical business meeting however he does seem to want to say more but is cut off by the narcos. Words with ambiguous meanings are used, but the intention is clear to the new mayor.
Here is the video narrative translated into English. For narrative indentification purposes I have assigned the following codes:
(M)Mayor, (LFM 1)first person speaking and (LFM2) for the second.
LFM1: What is your name?
M: I am Ignacio de Jesus Valladares Salgado
LFM1: Elected president of Teloloapan?
M: Elected president of Teloloapan
LFM1: The reason why we are here is because we want to have a peaceful town and it is in your hands, so we want you to compromise with us in establishing a director like we agreed… Tell me what we agreed on?
M: Yes, well, we agreed, I have to compromise with you and with all the citizens in putting a director of Public Safety that is external to the interests of other people, someone neutral and that dedicates himself to work, just as I will do it, in benefits to the entire citizens.
LFM1: Ok, who will this director be? What options do you have?
M: At this moment I don’t know who that might be, but I compromise in that I would look for a person that is external to the interests of any group or person, always attentive to benefit and care for the physical integrity of the citizens of the municipality of Teloloapan.
LFM1: You compromise with us to do so?
M: I compromise today with you and above all, I make the commitment just like I did when I was member of the parliament….
Interrupts lFM2: With us the Familia Michoacan!
M: With you the Familia Michoacana, just like I did when I was member of the parliament, I served the citizens, I made many public works, my intention now, If God gives me life, is doing it as Municipal Mayor
LFM1: Do you have a friendship with our leaders?
M: Yes, I have a friend relationship…
InterruptsL FM2: Exactly with whom?
M: I don’t know the name…
InterruptsL FM2: What is he called, aka ?
M: El Pez ( the fish)
LFM2: Close friends?
M: Well, not that close but…
LFM2: Just like us, we are friends.
LFM1: The reason for this is because we want to have a peaceful Teloloapan
M: Yes sir
LFM1: And while you don’t mess with any group, we will have everything controlled
M: I have to tell you…
M: It is not my intention to mess with anybody; my greatest interest is to have peace and quiet and I love life and I want life as well as I want the life of my loved ones and of course I respect the life of others.
LFM2: But here because of the friendship you have with Sr. Pez, with the boss…
LFM1: We are being attentive to you
LFM: And nothing is going to happen here, since we are friends, aren’t we? You with Mr. Pez, with us, everybody
M: We are friends and I hope that people external to you give me the chance of doing the things like I have to, because you also know that we are confronting other situations with other groups and well, I am going to maintain myself out of everything
LFM1: That is what we want, that your police to keep out of this, it is a commitment that we are doing right now so we can have peace and quiet, we never mess with the police. On the other hand, if the police and I want this to be clear, if the police act again against us then, Teloloapan is going to burn
M: What endear the most is that Teloloapan have peace and I tell you that I compromise myself …
Interrumps FM2: Teloloapan is going to have peace as long as we keep the friendship that we have
M: I make the commitment that all the police forces of Teloloapan, at the moment I take office and they are under my orders, I make the commitment that I am going to invite them to not get into any trouble that lead to greater difficulties to them, and to dedicate themselves in keeping the peace.
LFM1: And you have the obligation and the right to tell the army or any competent authority if a police is getting out of line.
M: But it is also my responsibility to tell you that sometimes not even our own children do what we tell them to do and that is when if any, if any gets out of line, we have to act in consequence to us, either fire them or turn them to the competent authorities.
LFM2: That’s right
LFM1: That is correct; you have that compromise with us then?
M: Yes, sir
LFM1: That is allThank you to the reader that sent this video to me, whoever you are....