December 21, 2014
Secretary Parrilli denies reserved funds, protocol expenses allegations
As he accused one of the government’s leading media critics of “obsequious opposition,” Secretary the Secretary General to the Presidency Oscar Parrilli stressed that public servers are “the only officials who present their sworn declarations to the Anti-Corruption agency” and denied the existence of reserved funds and protocol expenses.
Following a demand for public information issued by the daily La Nación, the government yesterday published the updated data regarding the salaries of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and her cabinet ministers.
In a radio interview this morning, Parrilli rejected media allegations about the existence of "reserved funds and protocol expenses" which he explained were derogated by ex President Néstor Kirchner, the late husband of the head of state Fernández de Kirchner.
The secretary pointed out as well that in 2012 Ms. Fernández de Kirchner gave the order to inform on officials’ salaries “even when there was a committee ruling that established that salaries were part of personal data.”
The increase in the salaries of the president and her ministers has a “progressive relation with public office wages,” Parrilli insisted.
According to the information released on the website of the presidency secretariat, Fernández de Kirchner earns 48,366 pesos. La Nación reported that the updated salary data accounted for a 21 percent increase compared to the same period last year, something Parrilli strongly questioned referring to an article recently published by La República del Perú newspaper that reported that officials in Argentina earn less than the minimum wage.
“An obsequious opposition journalism,” the secretary blasted La Nación –one of the government’s leading media critics along with Clarín. “if it is necessary for them to lie, they lie and lie to their readers,” he complaint.