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UPC elected lawmaker Blanca Rossi

Saturday, December 7, 2013

‘There was likely no formal note’

By Federico Poore
Herald Staff

Blanca Rossi ran as second lawmaker candidate in the Unión por Córdoba (UPC) ticket and will take her seat next week at the Lower House of Congress. A former Cadena 3 anchor, Rossi responds to Governor José Manuel de la Sota.

How is Córdoba doing?

It’s a lot quieter now, but people are still very worried. There are lots of questions to be answered, especially on whether there the request to the federal government had been filed in a timely manner. I spoke to several people and that’s what they’re saying.

How do you regard the fact that several people, from looters to store-owners, were armed?

Friends of mine who live near Nueva Córdoba, one of the most affected neighbourhoods, were surprised how organized the attacks were. How did the word spread so quickly? They were not just people from marginalized districts, as one could think — they were criminals.

Do you relate this week’s events to the drug scandal involving provincial police officers that ended with the resignation of Security Minister Alejandro Paredes?

(Pauses) I think discomfort runs throughout the entire country. Some are seeing other people, such as bus drivers, earning better wages and thinking: “How is it we can’t get to that?”

Why did De la Sota claim he had requested the federal government send border guards while Security Minister Alejandra Monteolivo claimed otherwise?

I’ve heard (Cabinet Chief Jorge) Capitanich and (Security Secretary Sergio) Berni saying there wasn’t a timely reaction (by the provincial government). Probably there was no formal note — but was that necessary in such a difficult time? I have no idea if protocol was followed. I can’t contradict either one of them.

What is De la Sota’s concrete demand over federal funding?

It has to do with pension funds.

ANSES pension funds head Diego Bossio said the province failed to comply with a series of commitments.

They said the province was not able to “harmonize” (pension values), but if to harmonize is to put pensions at the national level, well, we’re not going to do that. Pensioners in Córdoba earn an average of 7,000 pesos a month.

Is the provincial government responsible for this crisis?

The case of the so-called narcopolicía (police officers involved in drug-trafficking) is in the hands of the courts. There are still 1,000 questions pending. Then, in time, you could begin analyzing whether the provincial government was right or wrong.


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