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Armengol, on the 'Koldo case': “Neither I nor anyone from my Government is being investigated nor does it appear in the summary”

The president of the Congress of Deputies, Francina Armengol, is showing this morning within the Lower House to offer explanations concerning the Koldo case, the alleged corruption community concocted to acquire public contracts for the availability of masks within the worst of the pandemic in trade for the fee of allegedly unlawful commissions and through which Koldo García, former advisor to former minister José Luis Ábalos, is concerned. “In the summary, whoever appears is who appears. And I am going to be very clear: neither I nor anyone from my Government is being investigated, nor is anything coming out of the summary, nor absolutely anything at all. Therefore, I ask the PP for responsibility, I ask them to rise to the occasion. In politics we are not all equal,” he added.

Armengol is giving explanations after the PP has launched a political offensive towards her. The standard ones have requested for her resignation as a result of purchases of masks that the Balearic Islands Executive made in 2020 – when Armengol was regional president – from the corporate concerned within the plot, Management Solutions. The Government of the now president of Congress investigated its high quality and located that it was decrease than what was promised, however didn’t request the return of two.6 million euros till three years later, which now threatens to run out with the brand new PP Government. .

Armengol defined that the Balearic Government spent 40 million euros in three months throughout the worst of the pandemic to purchase well being provides to guard professionals and the inhabitants. “Politics is not about muddying everything up, politics is about working together for the general interest,” he stated. “The Balearic Islands were one of the autonomous communities with the lowest mortality from covid,” he continued.

“Now it is very easy to say depending on what issues,” stated Armengol. “What happened is that the Balearic Islands bought, and bought legally, at the decision of the health service technicians, rigorously, with all the contracts made and intervened favorably by the general intervention of the autonomous community, with well-made contracts, with serious people. who decided to buy material or not depending on the price and the conditions of the material that we needed to supply. We are islands and we needed to supply material,” he continued.

“In this specific case, what is being talked about is the purchase of masks for a contract of 3.7 million euros. We bought masks that were sold to us as FFP2, and we, the autonomous community, decided by the health service of my autonomous community, bought those masks because the technicians thought it was necessary to have those masks. We were in April 2020, with a terrible situation for citizens,” stated Armengol, who reported that his Government later despatched the masks to be analyzed by the National Institute of Hygiene and Safety at Work. “When we have the results of the masks, the results tell us that it is not that they are bad masks or fake. No. They are masks that do not filter like FFP2, but serve as surgical masks and, therefore, it is decided, by health services and technicians, to store these masks. Because? Because we are in a health pandemic, because the WHO does not lift the health pandemic until 2023, because the Balearic Islands need to supply material, and the health service is working intensely to see what price difference there is if they are FFP2 or if they are only surgical to be able to claim to the company the difference in price that my autonomous community could have paid. That is the question,” Armengol justified, recalling that the declare was made earlier than the final elections on May 28, “in a timely manner.” “That is the reality, that is what my Government did,” he added.

Armengol has defended that when the PP wins the elections and achieves the Government of the Balearic Islands due to the help of Vox, the duty passes to the brand new Executive, “who has to clarify what occurred to the file in order that the corporate returned that cash to the autonomous neighborhood.”

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