Morelos Governor Cuauhtémoc Blanco Bravo. Photo: El Occidente


Morelos Governor and former Mexican soccer great Cuauhtémoc Blanco Bravo definitely earned himself a yellow card from his constituents over the weekend when he was seen teeing off with businessman Arturo Elías Ayub and the former soccer goalkeeper Jorge Campos at a Cocoyoc golf course on Sunday, Sept. 19, while the Yautepec River and Laguna Seca Lake flooded homes in four Morelos municipalities.

The State Coordination for Civil Protection Morelos (CEPCM) reported flooding in the town of Yautepec, in some homes in Jiutepec and in parts of Cuernavaca.

According to the data provided by the state agency, in Yautepec the the river overflowed and flooded at least 11 neighborhoods.

CEPCM emergency personnel helped to evacuate people from the affected homes.

Meanwhile, the governor was playing golf and could not be bothered to visit the affected areas.

Since taking office in October 2018, the sportsman-cum-politician, who came to power under the cherry brown banner of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s (AMLO) leftist National Regeneration Movement (Morena), has courted more than his share of controversy.

Last year, Blanco Bravo and a close circle of three family members and officials were reported to the state’s Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office for hiding the origin, property and destination of millions of pesos through the triangulation of bank accounts. That investigation is still under way.

The investigation also includes the governor’s half-brother Ulises Bravo, who allegedly used his family influence to promote his personal interests and who currently heads the Solidarity Encounter Party (PES) in Morelos.

Also included in the investigation are Edgar Riou Pérez, cousin and private secretary of the governor, and Jaime Tamayo Godínez, a close friend of Blanco Bravo.

In June 2020, the Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF) and Mexico’s Federal Attorney General’s Office (FGR) detected a network of money laundering and bank accounts in the name of ​​Cuauhtémoc Blanco Bravo with millions of unreported pesos.

Despite calls for his resignation by indignant constituents, Blanco Bravo remains in power.

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