Ana Wilma de Escobar: “I did not receive any money from the public fund set out to complete my salary”
“The Supreme Court acquitted me of any liability for illegal enrichment and found no illicit funding or bonus in my probation notice,” de Escobar said.
Former Republican Vice President Ana Wilma de Escoba told the Special Commission of the Legislature, which investigates the bonus, on Thursday that she did not receive money from public funds with the intention of adding to her salary.
Former officer who served during the administration of the former President from 2004 – 2009 Antonio Saca, Convicted of embezzling $ 300 million from the now-allocated expenditure item, pointed out to the commission that during her tenure she did not receive any bonuses as vice president or director of the Salvador Social Security Agency. (ISSS), the position he held between 1999 and 2004.
He added that he was surprised to learn that former President Antonio Saga received a $ 10,000 bonus per month when he received his salary “exclusively” before the commission.
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When asked what he thinks of the bonus, de Escobar pointed out that he did not “comment on whether these are legal or illegal” because he did not receive it.
The interviewer said that the Vice President does not have his own budget and that all the funds received from it come from the budget allocated to the President. Meanwhile, he pointed out that his salary as vice president was 28,286.
Can you deny that Mr. Sakka is lying in this group? Representatives of the new ideas asked him, while the group played a video with the former president’s statements.
“I personally do not receive money from public funds for my salary or any other personal benefit,” he replied.
Despite the answers of the above, Vice President Walter Cotto asked, “Who is lying?” Urged to question that, referring to the statements of former President Saga.
She openly replied to him: “I was more corrupt than you were before any word was valid.
The Member of Parliament again questioned whether President Saka had lied to the Commission, to which he replied: “Ask him.”
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As the afternoon wore on, the interview with de Escobar continued amidst the interruptions and persuasions of the delegates who wanted to guide her to a verdict or opinion on the bonus issue.
In many cases,. The former vice president interrupted while preparing his answers, and he often told the delegates of new ideas: “If you allow me to finish, please.” Chairman (of the Commission), I have the right to respond. “
At one point, the interviewer was asked to read aloud a document presented by Secretary Elmer Charlix, which reflected the receipt for the bonus he had received during his tenure. De Escobar refused to read it because he considered it “invalid” because it was not signed.
The interviewer was acquitted of the illegal encroachment by establishing the decision of the Probation Division of the Supreme Court in 2009 that there was no evidence to prove guilt.
“It took the probation unit a year to investigate me. In my report he did not find any illegal funding or extra pay,” he ruled.
Deputy William Soriano, for his part, questioned de Escobar’s probation report, which was presented to the commission yesterday for an unjustified $ 1.39 million.
“I have no money without reason. There is a resolution at the concluding meeting of the Supreme Court. Will you not be valid for the vote of the court in the full session?”, He replied. At the urging of a member of parliament from the ruling party, he added: “If you accuse me, do it in front of the relevant authorities.”
Rosie Romero, vice president of the Arena, condemned the former vice president for interfering with her response and playing a minute of silence on legislative television to give it the intensity it needed each time.
Romero reiterated to the delegates the importance of being accountable for the information they handle. “The use of personal and personal information by civil servants is delicate. I did not say it for our appointment, as William did. Said.
“Whether this commission is objective or not is something that people evaluate every Wednesday and every Thursday,” he said.
Ana Wilma de Escobar arrived at 1pm to answer questions from delegates, and the interview lasted several hours.
In the morning former President Carlos Quintanilla Schmidt once, during his tenure, received 5,226 a month, in addition to his salary, as compensation for the posts he represented, and which he considers to be the President’s allotted expense.
Schmidt served as vice president during the administration of Francisco Flores between 1999 and 2004. He pointed out that this economic “compensation” allocation was agreed upon during a meeting with the then president at the beginning of his term.
He said “bonuses are legal” and that they are supported by legal provisions. In his administration, he pointed out that these were paid for by the personal secretary to the president of Francisco Flores.
Earlier sessions of the commission were attended by former presidents Alfredo Christiani and Elias Antonio Saga, as well as former private secretaries Elmer Charleux and Arturo Dona.
In his intervention, he pointed out that the commission ‘s representatives had set advanced criteria for themselves, while during his report they had dedicated themselves to accusing him and treating him as a defendant, which would detract from the process of the investigation. Commission
“They should investigate not only the past, but all governments,” he said: “If they really want to solve the country’s problems, they should look back, not look back.
Meanwhile, Saka accepted payments to officials outside the executive branch and other political parties during his appearance, while Saga’s former private secretary, Elmer Charlix, pointed out the bonus amount during this administration, which ranged from $ 4 thousand to $ 10 thousand. The maximum amount of the bonus was paid to former Deputy Interior Minister Rene Mario Figueroa, $ 20,000 per month.