arguing that there are irregularities because “not all the antecedents are visible,” President Gabriel Boric emphasized that “criminal responsibilities must be faced,” but that those who suffered human rights violations during the social unrest “have the right to be paid.””.
This Tuesday, the President of the Republic, Gabriel Boric, spoke about the controversy generated after the delivery of grace pensions.
Let’s remember that, according to information from La Moneda, in general, 418 cases received the benefit after falling victim to the social outbreak. In general, 148 occurred during the administration of Sebastián Piñera and 270 during the current government.
In general, according to data from Civil Registration, 69 people have criminal records. In detail, 21 state benefits were given to the former president and 48 by President Gabriel Boric.
President Boric: “Pension exemptions are not a reward for merit.”
First of all, the head of state assured that “there is a very good situation; it is unfortunate because we know the antecedents that are not available at the time where they are given.”
“Pension of grace are not merit awards. Therefore, in cases where there is a real serious violation of human rights, people must be held accountable for the crime they have committed,” added President Boric.
However, he emphasized that if these people “suffer a gross violation of their human rights, as in the case of the loss of the eyeball, which is a fair objective fact to examine, they also have a right to redress.”.
“Therefore, one thing does not eliminate the other. Criminal responsibilities must be faced, and they must be carried out based on what justice dictates,” added the authority.
Next, Boric commented that “there are irregularities in the process” because “not all the antecedents are visible; there are deficiencies in legal matters and matters of decrees.”
“We have already made a decision that the 25-year grace pension will be revoked because, from my point of view, the necessary requirements are not met to maintain it, and when these types of situations are created, what is appropriate is to amend it,” he said.
Finally, the authority commented that “there has been a long-standing problem” and “therefore, there is a legal problem that goes beyond the particular responsibility of a person.”.