December 12, 2013
Candidate for public confidenceSunday, October 20, 2013
Ocaña: ‘I am not a hidden candidate for Macri’
Your term as lawmaker in the national Congress does not expire until 2015. Why do you want to go to BA City Legislature?
There are many everyday problems that you can’t fix from a national congressional seat. Like transport or environmental issues, for example. Those types of policies are better addressed from a local position. I favour talking with neighbours on the street and that is why we decided to create this political party. Some say we have not enough legitimacy. I believe the opposite. And we are eager to prove it in these polls, running with a ticket that is not attached to any national senatorial or Lower House candidacy.
Do you trust voters will back you strongly enough to cut larger tickets like UNEN, PRO or Victory Front (FpV)?
We believe in the power citizens have when they exercise their right to vote. Consequently, we have surrounded ourselves with young people, professionals, even NGO activists. For me it’s not only an honour but a challenge. We are aware of the fact that we are not running under an electoral system that promotes independent or local options like ours. Voters have to take the trouble of dividing attached tickets and that may result even physically difficult to do inside the ballot room. We are confident that society’s commitment always prevails when the time comes.
You aren’t known among young voters. Which is your target?
I think older adults. They know me better from my time heading PAMI healthcare scheme.
Will the elderly be a priority in your legislative agenda then?
Yes. We want to promote several bills to improve quality of life for this sector that includes almost 27 percent of BA City population though they are mostly ignored basically because they are not part of the high consumption sector. But if you visit the retirement centres and spend time talking with them, you would be amazed about how much they still have to offer to society.
What would you do then?
We must guarantee their security. From walking in proper sidewalks, not like the broken ones we have now in the City, to panic devices in their homes to allow them to receive quick assistance in case of a burglary attack or a health emergency. We must not forget that many of them live on their own and unaware of the violence degree of current crimes. We will also sponsor cultural activities for the elderly. Sometimes the impression is that they are invisible to this (BA City) government.
You once questioned the Macri administration for being as shady as the Kirchnerite government regarding the transparency of procedures. Do you find similarities in the way that they both operate?
There are some practices institutionalized in public administration no matter who is in charge and we don’t think the BA city government should copy these bad practices from the national administration. Kirchnerism and Macrism may not be the same but in some point they coexist and make deals. When (President) Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and (BA Mayor) Mauricio Macri bicker, citizens end up being like hostages. Maybe Cristina doesn’t realize that every time she rejects giving something to Macri she is not bothering him. She is bothering City residents. And on the other hand, Macri can’t always blame the national government for every project he is not able to carry out. The City has a large budget for funding big schemes.
Leftist parties described you as a hidden Macrist option because lawmaker Daniel Amoroso, your partner in establishing Public Confidence, was a PRO ally...
I am not a second Macri ticket. We are running with an independent voice, with a short ballot that is not attached to any national candidacy even when we have been offered alliances with both UNEN and PRO. We chose this path because we believe it is the right one.