Can the Mexican People Clean Up the Corruption in Their Country?

REFORMA: JESÚS SILVA-HERZOG MÁRQUEZ* — It is important to remember, as Carlos Puig did recently, that none of the members of the presidential cabinet have presented their “3 x 3” [statement of assets, tax return and investments.]. None. Not even the Secretary of Public Administration. Despite the scandals, the presidential team has decided to keep that information to themselves. It is true, they have no legal obligation to present it. However, given the circumstances it could be an important contribution to restoring – or perhaps it would be better to say establishing – trust.

Demand for these in-depth reports makes sense: to establish the propriety of public institutions, it is essential to know the financial circle and the relationship network of those who speak on our behalf and circulate checks from our communal account. To know what they arrive with and what they leave with. To identify in advance the relationships that could distort their judgment. In the same way that doctors display degrees and diplomas in their offices to show the credentials of their professional authority, public officials should display their interests and relationships to ask for trust. Only by using such instruments could trust in public institutions be built.

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