Duque accuse Petro, saying that he made use of his position to attack his army. Duque suggests Petro quit his job.

The president was to end his participation in Asofundos discussing pensions. However, he was able to talk about politics following an unexpected interruption by an elected congressman.

President Ivan Duque’s final remarks at the Asofondos congress in Cartagena did not go as per the plan. Instead he addressed politics and how. Gustavo Petro ‘s decision to use his seat to attack and criticize the military was something that he criticized.

He had barely begun with greetings, when the representative of the Chamber chosen by the Valle del Cauca of the Green Alliance party, Duvalier Sanchez interrupted him to ask him what he was planning to do following the comments of General Eduardo Zapateiro against the statements of the presidential candidate Gustavo Petro .

“Article 219 of the Constitution prohibits military forces from being involved in political scenarios and taking sides, or even participating in the debate on democracy that is in place. The nation is stunned. This is a crucial moment, that General Zapateiro took part in,” Sanchez said as he reached for his phone and broadcasted everything that was going on via his Facebook account.

The president was caught in the middle of the commotion, the president responded by defending Zapateiro with force. Zapateiro and stated that if anyone made allegations against members of the public force , they must go to court.

President Duque was even more explicit and took the opportunity to denounce Petro’s dual role today as a congressman, head of the opposition and as a candidate.

“Who is making the accusations?” A senator or a candidate? “I resigned my position in Congress after winning a popular consultation to be allowed to express myself in a candid manner and not to use double hats and the double seat in order to attack the institutions, and in response to the institutions, present themselves to the victim, because this is not democracy,” the president stated.

Sanchez tried to get involved in the debate however he was stopped by the president who demanded Sanchez adhere to the rules.

What was the reason why the battle to defend Petro and Zapateiro begin?

Petro shared the message below via his social media networks on the 20th of April, 2010. “While are being killed by the Gulf Clan, some of generals are on clan’s payroll. ” within the leadership comes when politicians who traffic in drugs end up being promoted to generals,” said the presidential candidate.

This Friday Zapateiro responded similarly. “Senator,” Zapateiro said in the same tone: “Senator,” don’t make use of your power of investiture (parliamentary immunity) to attempt to politicize the deaths of our soldiers. Instead, you must take the responsibility of a citizen by making a substantiated complain to the Prosecutor of the facts you mention, whoever you are.”