Basilia Castañeda, who has accused Felix Salgado Macedonio of rape, along with other women, is very much alive. Photo: Google


The political career of former wannabe Guerrero governor and personal ally of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) Félix Salgado Macedonio may seem to spring eternal, but the same cannot be said for those who dare to bring charges him.

On Monday, April 26, AMLO’s leftist National Regeneration Movement’s (Morena, the party under which Salgado Macedonio had hoped to run) so-called “National Commission of Honesty and Justice” (CNHJ) declared Basilia Castañeda — one of several young women who have accused the former Acapulco mayor and alleged embezzler of rape — to be dead, hence deeming that the charges she had raised of sexual abuse are now “irrelevant.”

The problem is that, despite Morena’s premature declaration of Castañeda’s untimely demise, she is still very much alive and demanding justice for Salgado Macedonio’s alleged crimes against her.

The Morena commission even went so far as to state that, “with Castañeda’s death” and Salgado Macedonio’s apparently defunct bid for the Guerrero governorship, the entire rape case against him “should be dismissed.”

Castañeda has claimed that Salgado Macedonio raped her in 1998, when she was still a minor, and her story came to light earlier this year, along with those of several other women with similar stories about him.

After numerous public tantrums and threats against Mexico’s National Electoral Institute (INE), Salgado Macedonio was denied repeated appeals to run for the office because he did not fully report his campaign funding sources.

Salgado Macedonio, who has also been formally charged with taking bribes from drug lords during his stint as Acapulco mayor, continues to fight the INE decision.

Meanwhile, Castañeda has filed her own charges against the CNHJ for falsely declaring her dead, claiming that the commission’s declaration constitutes “a death threat issued by the Morena party.”

…April 27 2021

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