By KELIN DILLON
A massive extra 68 billion pesos have been given to the construction of Mexico’s controversial Dos Bocas refinery in Tabasco during the first semester of 2021 — more than what was given to the country’s health sector during the same time period despite the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
Data from Mexico’s Secretariat of Finance (SHCP) revealed the initially approved budget for the project was 45 billion pesos and later increased to 113 billion, more than 151 percent higher than before. Meanwhile, the Secretariat of Public Health only received 67 billion pesos in the first semester of 2021, meaning Dos Bocas received 1.7 times the amount of funding.
The Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) business plan allocated 45 billion pesos in resources for the entire year of 2021, which it has already massively surpassed.
Mexico’s treasury, unlike other countries across the world, has the power to alter resources appointed by its congress, hence the hike in resources to the refinery at the request of Mexico’s executive branch.