The award from the Paterna National Police to the extreme right-wing leader José Luis Roberto has outraged the Government delegate in Valencia, the socialist Pilar Bernabé, who was not aware of the award. In a ceremony held this Tuesday, coinciding with the celebration of the day of the Holy Guardian Angels, the patron of the National Police, the head of the Paterna police station (Valencia) presented an award for his collaboration in matters of citizen security to the businessman and leader of Spain 2000, José Luis Roberto. An act that was opened by the socialist mayor, Juan Antonio Sagredo, who was absent for agenda reasons after intervening briefly.
Compromís and Unides Podem ask the Government for explanations for the Police award to José Luis Roberto, leader of the Spain 2000 ultra party
The awarding of the prize has not sat well with the Government Delegation, which considers the act completely inappropriate. In addition, the act was the eve of the commemorative acts of the festivity of the Holy Guardian Angels presided over by Pilar Bernabé and by the superior chief of Police in the Valencian Community, Jorge Manuel Martí, in the Veles e Vents building.
After the act held this Wednesday, Pilar Bernabé pointed out that “this specific recognition does not represent the will of the National Police and is done by a police station in a concrete and isolated way”. The Government delegate has also revealed that she has contacted the superior chief of Police in the Valencian Community and the provincial official, who “were not aware of this recognition”, according to Bernabé.
Thus, the Government delegate limits the awarding of the prize to the leader of the extreme right to the chief inspector José Manuel León, head of the Paterna police station. Pilar Bernabé has also made “special emphasis” on “the most important”. “The recognitions of the National Police go through the general directorate of the National Police,” she said. The award to José Luis Roberto is made by the Paterna police station “in a concrete and isolated way”, Bernabé has abounded.
After the uproar over the striking award, Compromís and Unides Podem have asked questions of the Ministry of the Interior and have criticized the awarding of an award to a leader of the extreme right. Roberto is the owner of the private firm Levantina de Seguridad and has been linked to the National Association of Entrepreneurs of Clubs de Alterne (Anela), a kind of employer of prostitution.
The spokeswoman for Unides Podem in the Corts Valencianes, Pilar Lima, has had a telephone conversation with the Government delegate in which she has expressed her rejection of the award. For his part, the spokesman for Compromís in Congress, Joan Baldoví, asked a person linked to “the darkest plots of the extreme right” about this award. Baldoví has also written to the Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, and to the Government Delegation, as well as to the Superior Police Headquarters in Valencia, to demand explanations for this recognition in a public and official act.