“The control system is practically non-existent”: Ciper journalist details report on gasoline charges by relatives of deputies

Nicolas Sepulvedaa journalist from Ciper Chile, spoke with DNA test about the gasoline charges by relatives of the deputies using cards paid with public funds.

This situation has been installed as a new political scandalwhich arises in the midst of a complex economic panorama with a main effect on the price of fuels that worries the public.

As a representative of the outlet that uncovered the case, Sepúlveda explained: “We had access to part of the official database where cargoes are registerede gasolines that are made with these fuel cards that the deputies use”.

“What we did was trace those charges, identify the rut that had loaded with them, and there we were discovering that some parliamentarians passed those cards to their relatives”.

Likewise, the journalist indicated that they were talking on a case-by-case basis, with those who wanted to explain the situation. “In many cases the deputies gave us proof that everything was in order“.

Those who gave the pertinent explanations did not appear in the final report that came to light. But yes Those who appeared with fuel loads remained, at least, suspicious“.

The case of Urruticoechea

One of the most striking points of this investigation is what happens with the deputy Christopher Urruticoechea (Republican Party). With his name in the post, he talks about “the left-wing press” and alleged attacks on his political ideas. This, despite the data exposure.

Nicolás describes his reaction as something “particular”, especially if one takes into account that there were conversations between the team of journalists and each one of those involved, including him. In addition, he highlights that “we were able to realize that, in the case of deputy Urruticoechea; when his wife was loading the car, the deputy was in Congress“.

Regarding his statements, the CIPER worker assured that “he did not want to delve into the information. She only referred to tell us that everything was in order, everything in order ”.

“But in the statement he issued today -Thursday 24-, he has not answered why his wife appears loading the car on 38 occasions with the public money card given to him by Congress”

Sepúlveda also indicated that not only does his partner appear in the registry, since the son is also notified. On the other hand, what happened with “a person close to him at the time of the electoral campaign, who was a candidate for councilor in the commune of Los Angeles.

Failed control

Beyond the specific cases and the reasons that can be given or not, one of the edges that stands out from CIPER is how these types of problems are controlled.

Specifically in the gasoline charges by relatives of the deputies, Nicolás Sepúlveda points out that “the control system is practically non-existent“.

Under this edge, he raises how the different excuses could be verified, noting that “it is very difficult to control. We would only have to confirm in the good faith of the parliamentarians”.

In addition, it is assumed that these cards cannot be used to load a car other than that of the parliamentarian“, but in the same report situations appear, such as those of deputy Boris Barrera. He indicates that “he lost a card, and with that card other vehicles were charged for a whole month. So, the system does fail.”

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