Mexico City.- General Luis Cresencio Sandoval admitted that he bought his apartment in the Bosque Real subdivision in Huaxquilucan from a supplier of the Secretary of National Defense (Cedena), who was fined 16 million pesos for violating a contract.
At a conference, the chief of Sedena claimed that the property was acquired through a real estate company, for which he knew the owner until he signed the documents.
“I had no contact with the person who owned it. We negotiated through real estate agents and we had contact with that person until the day we signed the documents,” he declared.
“The company that established the information, which is a provider of the Ministry of National Defense, has only participated on several occasions…and only once, about two years after I received the Department, did it participate and won in a public tender”, he added.
The provider, he said, was also penalized for failing to comply with the provisions of a contract.
“Something like 16 million pesos, he was fined for not complying with what he was contracted to do. So, he won the last time, the second time he participated, among them Many didn’t follow through, because what is really sought is to get goods that can be obtained within the law, at the lowest price, with the best quality and we avoid this corruption,” he said.
The general also claimed that the apartment did not cost 30 million pesos, as reported by the Mexicanos Contra la Corruption y la Impunidad (MCCI) organization, because it was in “gray work” when it was acquired. Was.
“Regarding that apartment which is here almost at the beginning of the administration, I acquired it at the price that the note says, but what is not mentioned in that note is that the apartment was gray work, that building was 11 years old and built And due to certain circumstances, the people who previously owned that apartment did not finish, that was the opportunity I had to acquire it at that price on the spot,” he said.
“It is not true that it cost 30 million pesos, I acquired that department through a loan from the Army Bank. In order for the bank to give you a loan, you need to appraise the property, it was a value 9 A little over 800 million, something like that was the appraiser’s price, given the condition it was in and the price that was handled in the negotiations was 9 million,” he said.
On May 15, the MCCI reported that the property was acquired, in 2020, for a payment of 9 million pesos, financed through a mortgage loan contracted with the National Army Bank (Banjarcito).
Two years after the transaction, the supplier company received a contract worth 319 million pesos from the military agency for the supply of 48,000 sets of ballistic plates.
According to the MCCI, properties of similar dimensions and characteristics in the same subdivision are currently sold for up to 30 million pesos, which is triple the value reported by the secretary general.
‘General Sandoval is honest and forthright’
In the midst of a scandal over the purchase of a million-dollar apartment in a residential area, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador assured that Sandoval was honest and forthright.
“You ask me if I believe in the Armed Forces, of course I do, I believe in the general, of course I do. Since I reviewed all the division generals, I came to the conclusion that the general , among other characteristics, virtues they are honest, incorruptible people.”
“But our adversaries are not going to accept this because they have to do sabotage, undermine the credibility of the government to be able to launch, because our security cover is our moral right, if I was dishonest I would not Come on, they’ll make a miniseries of Paige, they can call me Paige, but not Lizard”.