Published On: Tue, Dec 16th, 2014

A Presidential Cabinet, Filled With “Controversial” Properties

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Peña Nieto´s Cabinet (Photo: CNN Mexico)

Of the 25 members of the presidential cabinet, 21 have a combined of 102 properties, including the house in Malinalco, State of Mexico, that Luis Videgaray from Mexican Internal Revenue Service (SHCP) bought from HIGA Group a company of government contractor Juan Armando Hinojosa Cantu.

Of the four remaining members of the President´s cabinet, only one person decided (As they are allowed by law) not to make public its equity, this was Jesus Murillo Karam of the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) – and three more showed no information regarding properties to their names, those being, Aurelio Nuño Mayer, head of the Office of the President; Rosario Robles Berlanga, Minister of Social Development (SEDESOL) and Juan José Guerra Abud, Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT); according to a review that CNNMéxico made of the equity declarations of the 24 members of the legal and extended cabinet of President Enrique Peña Nieto.

Enrique Martínez y Martínez, the head of the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), is the one with more real estate, with a total of 18 properties. 16 of those considered to be “land”, a building and a house.

The head of the Department of Energy (SENER), Pedro Joaquin Coldwell, has 12 properties; Alfonso Navarrete Secretary of Labor and Social Welfare (STPS) has 11; Julian Olivas of Public Administration (SFP) 8; José Antonio González Anaya, from the IMSS, has 7; and Gerardo Ruiz Esparza of Communications and Transport (SCT), has 6.

Meanwhile, Ildefonso Guajardo, from Economy, Humberto Castillejos, Legal Adviser, and Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, (Interior Minister), have 5 properties each. While the remaining secretaries of state have between one and four.


Enrique Martinez and Martinez of the SAGARPA has an extension of land, divided in 16 lots with a total area of 2,224,625 square meters (222.4 hectares/549 acres) -To give an idea of the extension of the grounds, it is the equivalent to one third of the area of the Bosque de Chapultepec.-

The properties of the politicians who lead the federal government are in the midst of controversy after an investigative report discovered evidence that Angélica Rivera, former Televisa soap opera actress, and now Mexico’s first lady, owns a multimillion dollar residence in the exclusive Lomas de Chapultepec that originated from Cantu Hinojosa´s Company.

Read more about Mexico’s First Lady multimillion dollar residence 

Cantu Hinojosa and Higa Group won contracts in the State of Mexico when Enrique Peña Nieto was governor, and in the current federal government. It also provided air transportation services to the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) during the 2012 presidential campaign.

by  José Roberto Cisneros Duarte (CNNMéxico)


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