The episode of President Sebastián Piñera’s getaway over the weekend to go buy wines at an exclusive Vitacura store continues to speak. The debate has even been joined by a former Piñera administration official, such as Juan Ignacio Piña Rochefort, who did not hesitate to criticize the President.
In particular, the former undersecretary and former minister (s) of Justice of Piñera 1 questioned that the Minister of Health, Enrique Paris, has been forced to justify the behavior of the President.
On Twitter, the lawyer’s diagnosis was clear: “Piñera busts his ministers. It takes them to the limit until they don’t give more or die politically. It just started with Paris who has had to resign political capital to explain her cheese & wine craving. ”
It should be recalled that during the daily balance of Covid-19 on Monday, Minister Paris was consulted regarding the departure of the President and defended him openly, noting that “the President has the power and the right to move.” However, Yesterday, in a radio interview, the Minister of Health was less condescending towards the President, noting that “the king, the highest authority, has to lead by example” and “measure well the consequences of his actions.”
This was not the only time that the newly-appointed minister has been put to the test for his boss’s behavior. He already did it the week before on the occasion of the controversial funeral of Bernardino Piñera, the President’s uncle, where there were a series of events that contravened health standards – such as the number of attendees, the lack of social distance – but that the Minsal was in charge of minimize.
Piña’s comment draws attention considering that he not only served in the Justice portfolio during the first government of Sebastián Piñera. He was also appointed by the President in the State Defense Council, where he was president between 2014 and 2017, and was part of the legal team in the Silala case, in which he served as co-agent, a position he resigned last year to assume the defense of the Empresa de Servicios Sanitarios de Los Lagos SA (Essal) in the scandal of water cuts in Osorno.