Trujillo insists that the amount paid for the masks will be recovered

The Minister of Health of the Canary Islands, Blas Trujillo. / c7

The Canarian Minister of Health has remarked that the person who filed the complaint with the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor obtained the data, precisely, from the transparency portal of the Government of the Canary Islands

EFE Santa Cruz of Tenerife

The
Minister of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands, Blas Trujillohas insisted this Tuesday in the plenary session of Parliament that the Executive
“Obviously” he will recover in money or in kind what he paid for some masks for which he paid four million euros but which never arrived.

In an appearance requested by the nationalist group, the counselor has stressed that, of the purchases made during the coronavirus pandemic, there is only one dispute that has not ended, and has rejected the accusations of lack of transparency.

Trujillo has remarked that
the person who filed the complaint with the Anticorruption Prosecutor obtained the data, precisely, from the transparency portalof the Government of the Canary Islands and has assured that this was not the only operation in which the Executive paid in advance at that time.

The deputy of the CC Alberto Díaz Estébanez has highlighted that
with a swindler you don't negotiate, but you go to court, and has considered that it is not normal to order that material from a company that neither has nor credits having that material, nor is it normal to pay in advance, nor to renegotiate with the company that has tried to defraud you.

Díaz Estébanez has stated that there are other cases under suspicion and, therefore, has requested information about the purchase of tests and has asked the fate of
100,000 masks that were announced for the third sector, and in both cases, he added, no information has been provided.

The deputy of the nationalist group has asked the counselor to assume responsibilities, something that, in his opinion, concerns those who made the decision, the then Minister of Health, Julio Pérez, who was director of the Canary Islands Health Service, Antonio Olivera , and the president of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres.

The deputy of the mixed group Vidina Espino has blamed the situation on the Spanish Government for
not centralize the purchase of the material and has been understanding with some errorsbut not with the team that signed the purchase, headed by the former Minister of Health, Julio Pérez, being freed from all responsibility.

Vidina Espino has pointed out that it is a matter that is judicialized and has opined that the regional government has to recognize that a mistake has been made and do everything possible to recover the money.

Melodie Mendoza, from the Gomera Socialist Group (ASG), has asserted that she understands the opposition's concern but that once explanations have been given
does not understand that a few days after providing the data the same debate is heldwhich, in his opinion, responds to the interest of sowing doubt.

The deputy of Sí Podemos Canarias María del Río has recognized that from what was said on Friday until this Tuesday she does not have much to add and has considered that all efforts should focus on recovering the money, to add that it is a scam with which the autonomous community has been deceived.

Esther González, from Nueva Canarias (NC), has said that these things happen and only the fraudster can be blamed, and has pointed out that the price was the one imposed by the seller, for which she has affirmed that the decision was correct. In addition, she has asked the counselor if she is hopeful that the money will be recovered.

The deputy of the Popular Party Fernando Enseñat has stated that the president of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, has demanded that other autonomous communities assume political responsibilities, but for himself
"be quiet", and has asked, among other questions, if the Prosecutor's Office is investigating any other contract.

The deputy of the socialist group Marcos Hernández has criticized that from the opposition it is said that the Canarian Government is silent, since the counselor has given explanations twice in five days, and the deputy of the nationalist group has indicated that he has not contributed anything new regarding what was said last Friday.

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