Mexico, January 12 (EFE). The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, today requested the support of the population to continue the fight against fuel theft and said that "little by little" the supply of gasoline will be normalized in Mexico City and another ten state of the country.
To avoid the theft of gasoline, López Obrador implemented a change in the supply model of Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), which led to the closing of pipelines and transportation of the hydrocarbon by pipe (tanker).
The modification caused supply problems, in addition to the closing of service stations and panic purchases that were on the increase during the last three days.
"Little by little, the situation will be normalized, I ask you not to panic, in hasty purchases, if you have fuel do not worry, you are not going to finish the gas, administer what you have," the president said in a message from video distributed on social networks.
"Do not consume more than necessary so that in this way we can regularize the supply in Mexico City and throughout the country, we will solve this problem," he added.
He assured that Mexico has gasoline and diesel "enough in the country" and that there are sufficient reserves, "nothing else has to change the distribution system and control the pipelines."
"We do not want to continue maintaining this 'black market' that harms the nation and we are not going to give up, we know that there are acts of sabotage," said López Obrador.
He called the entire population to help provide information and recalled that a pipeline that runs from the city of Tuxpan, in the state of Veracruz, to the mayor of Azcapotzalco, in Mexico City, has been sabotaged in the last three days.
He said that this pipeline is guarded by the Army, the Navy, the Federal Police and by "the people and the people" to whom he thanked for his support in the decision.
On the other hand, the president described as false information published on Friday by the Wall Street Journal that indicated that Mexico was buying less fuel from the United States in recent months.
"Unfortunately not, we are buying more and the roughing is for the fight against the 'huachicol' but it seems that newspaper did not do enough research," he said.
So far no official data has been given on when the distribution of fuel will be restored at the rate prior to this crisis nor the normal operation of the country's service stations.
However, members of the Mexican government have expressed their willingness to close the pipeline for as long as necessary until the "huachicoleo" is controlled, which causes the State to lose 60,000 million pesos (3,000 million dollars) to the state. year.