Peña visits Congress, faces fire over Caputo's offshore activities
Cabinet Chief Marcos Peña claimed that Finance Minister Luis Caputo would soon visit Congress to address “a committee, to speak about issues surrounding debt and its application, but also the complaints made against him”.
Cabinet Chief Marcos Peña yesterday became the most frequent national government minister to visit Congress, addressing lawmakers for the 15th time since becoming President Mauricio Macri’s right-hand man.
However, Peña’s visit was awash with politics as he squared off with opposition lawmaker on a range of issues including abortion and controversial reform measures like proposed changes to the Criminal Code, which the government hopes will pass the Legislature in the current sitting year.
“You must build new jails to deal with the inflation (of the prison population)”, she charged. “You cannot blame judges; this is a problem for all three branches of power”.
Camaño questioned the legitimacy of the work done by the Federal Penitentiary Service — “which responds to the Executive branch” she noted — because it had allegedly listed “prisoners who could not be found, who were no longer in prison because they had been freed or moved to other prisons”.
Following their presentation, Peña had accused the Renewal Front of “punitive demagogy” for having focused on the list's inclusion of dictatorship-era torturers like Jorge “Tigre” Acosta and Julio “el Turco Julian” Simón. He claimed the government had not been involved in the preparation of the list and noted that the Human Rights Secretariat had opposed the release from jail of human rights violators.
Camaño fired back Wednesday, alleging Peña had come to Congress “to get a headline to put in the tomorrow’s newspapers”. She described his behaviour as a “hypocritical”.
Caputo came under fire in February after media investigations revealed that he failed, when he became a public servant in 2015, to declare information about his stake in offshore companies managing hundreds of millions of dollars in tax haven.
Drawing comparison with cases of corruption involving the former Kirchner government, Peña said “offshores are not corruption”. The Macri government “has nothing to hide”, he concluded.