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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Berni calls for debate on mandatory rhinoscopies for officials

In a new low for local politicians, Security Secretary Sergio Berni yesterday called for a debate on whether public officials should be submitted to a rhinoscopy, stating he was in support of the measure because it had “merit.”

Opposition politicians, however, were not too happy with the proposal, leading Berni to immediately face backlash, stating that the measure would violate their right to privacy “that is established by the constitution.”

“Although it’s a personal issue and violates people’s privacy, those that are responsible for transcendental decisions and the interests of many people, should make it at least merit a debate,” said Berni in reference to the controversial proposal.

Radical UCR lawmaker Miguel Bazze rejected the Security Secretary’s comments calling them “irresponsible and not very serious,” while Socialist lawmaker Juan Carlos Zabalza said that there wasn’t any logic behind it.

PRO party bloc leader Federico Pinedo derided the statements, saying that he interpreted them as a “joke that is said once in a while... to insinuate that public officials are linked to drugs.”

Berni had made this suggestion after a law passed by the town council of Santa Fe province’s Capitán Bermúdez had approved a mandatory rhinoscopy to be carried out on all of the town’s public officials. Local politicians in favour of the law said it was necessary so “citizens were aware of the health of their public officials.” A rhinoscopy is a medical examination of one’s nasal cavities by a ENT (ear nose and throat) doctor to diagnose certain pathologies such as cocaine addiction.

—Herald staff

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