Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Photo: Google

By KELIN DILLON

On Tuesday, July 19, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) used his daily morning press conference to attack the Mexican judges who granted suspensions against the executive’s favored policies and pet megaprojects, falling in line with López Obrador’s preferred strategy of publicly admonishing dissenters of his administration.

AMLO took the opportunity to speak out against Specialized Judge in Economic Competition Ramón Lozano Bernal, who granted an indefinite amparo in favor of Spanish renewable energy company Iberdrola surrounding a 9 billion peso fine imposed by the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission’s (CRE), going as far as to accuse the judicial official of corruption.

“We are investigating this judge, we are reviewing how it was that he grants an injunction so that Iberdrola does not pay a fine,” said López Obrador at the time. “We presume — I do not want to anticipate — that there was falsification of documents.”

López Obrador likewise called out Judge Juan Pablo Gómez Fierro during his press conference, following the Second District Judge in Administrative Matters Specialized in Economic Competition, Broadcasting and Telecommunications’ decision to suspend the Integrated National Transportation and Storage System of Natural Gas (Sistrangas) supply certification system on Monday, July 18. 

Gómez Fierro has previously ruled against López Obrador’s favored projects and policies, including freezing state-owned gas company Petróleos Mexicanos’ (Pemex) pricing monopoly, blocking the government acquisition of biometric data and determining López Obrador’s electricity policy to be unconstitutional, drawing the ire of the executive.

To conclude his anti-judicial rant, López Obrador questioned the suspension granted by Judge Francisco Javier Rebolledo that would prevent the use of glyphosate – a pesticide known for its potential health ramifications and cancer-causing chemicals – across Mexico’s agricultural industry.

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