Mexican Bishop Decries Cost of Corruption

‘Society must ask its rulers to make proper use of public resources’

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“The population has the task of demanding its leaders the correct use of public resources, so that while fighting corruption, public employees are truly committed and dedicated to the common good, and do not plunder public resources, that belongs to everyone”: with these words the Bishop of Tampico (Mexico), Mgr. José Armando Álvarez Cano asked for greater control over public officials who in Tamaulipas and in many parts of the country have abused the funds with the budget they managed, leaving even unfinished public works, reported Fides News Agency.

Mgr. Álvarez Cano spoke on the occasion of the inauguration of the New Central Market in Tampico, which took place last Sunday following the health security protocols. Recalling that “the Market is a point of reference in the life of the people”, the Bishop pointed out: today’s society must be “more reflective and critical of government actions” and require “transparency and accountability in a timely manner”: “We need a more responsible society and leaders”, hoping for greater control over those who work for the benefit of the community within the institutions.

Also after the blessing of the market, the Bishop stressed that “the work of transparency does not only concern the government, but also the population. This problem is deeply rooted and cannot be solved with a decree”, but it is a question of promoting a culture and mentality of collaboration and the common good.

Tampico is a Mexican city, in the state of Tamaulipas. It is located about ten kilometers away from the Gulf of Mexico. The complex development phenomenon of a port city like Tampico has highlighted the lack of planning in the growth of the urban and industrial fabric, which has caused important socio-environmental imbalances in the area.

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