Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Treating violent people as good citizens is a mistake

Next week, President Petro will complete 18 months in office. How is Colombia going this time?

PALOMA VALENCIA: Colombia is not doing well with President Petro because he says a lot and does little. It is a Government that does not implement and some of the things it proposes constitute the destruction of what Colombia has developed.

ENS: Do you believe that the “change” promised in the current President’s election campaign has happened?

PV: The famous “change” is nothing but talk. The truth is that the great problems of the Colombian people remain unsolved. The problems we already have, such as security and the health system, have worsened, worsened under this Government.

Excessive taxation has also caused a decline in employment and economic growth. That is, it is a Government that talks about the environment and pays for alternative energy, that talks about clean energy and taxes on hydroelectric energy, is a Government that talks about the need for social development, but with healthy taxes, it makes life more expensive for the poorest Colombians.

Stimulus and error

ENS: If you were asked to highlight one thing about the Petro government, what would it be?

PV: One of the things that I think can be highlighted about the Government of Gustavo Petro is the emphasis that he wants to give to the popular economy, which I agree with.

Colombia is a country of small entrepreneurs and we need to see how they develop. However, on this issue, it seems to me that we also remain in the discourse because there are no visible benefits or economic stimulation.

ENS: The biggest mistake of the Petro government in a year and a half, what do you think it is?

PV: The biggest mistake this Government has made is treating the violent as if they were good citizens, offering them all kinds of benefits and giving them ceasefires, and receiving violence, murder, kidnapping, and extortion as a message of thanks.

The election campaign

ENS: Don’t you think the 2026 presidential campaign is rushed, especially when Petro has two and a half years left?

PV: I feel a great desire among citizens to think about who will replace President Gustavo Petro because people are tired of the Government because they feel a lot of uncertainty because citizens want to think that this page could be back soon and I think that’s why the presidential campaign is so far ahead of schedule.

ENS: What has been the opposition’s biggest virtue and biggest flaw in these 18 months?

PV: I believe that the main virtue of the opposition is its coherence and showing the citizens with arguments that the Government has not fulfilled its promises.

On the contrary, their proposals do more harm than good to the Colombian people. The biggest mistake of the opposition is that they can be too aggressive against the president, which allows him to do something he loves, which is to victimize himself.

ENS: Do you believe that the Petro Government can correct the course and get the country back on track?

PV: I hope the Government will correct course. We all hope that Colombia will be good and that will happen because the Government will make decisions that will allow it to follow the path to start providing solutions to the major problems that the country has.

I hope they will remove the dogmatism and think about what is best for the country, building on what has been built.

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