Thursday, May 26

The Vice President of Castilla y León, on the double salary of the Minister of Culture: “Go to court, I predict the greatest of failures”

The vice president of the Junta de Castilla y León, Juan García-Gallardo, has supported the Minister of Culture, Gonzalo Santonja, who for years received from the Complutense for advising the public foundation he directed, the Institute of Letters —as he has exclusively revealed by—. Gonzalo Santonja was director of the Instituto de las Letras during twenty years of Popular Party governments and was only left out after the previous Minister of Culture and his team —Citizens— approved a new management model through an advisory council that essentially ended with the figure of the director, who for years had an official car and driver.

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“I invite that if someone has any reproach at the level of illegality or irregularity, press conferences are not the place to inspect people. If you wish, go to a Court and I wish you the greatest of successes, although I predict the greatest of failures”, García-Gallardo responded to the media García-Gallardo after his inauguration in the position. Next to him was Santonja, who did not want to speak to the media.

García-Gallardo, accompanied by the Vox deputy Iván Espinosa de los Monteros and the three advisers of his party, has been “very proud” of his team, which has been selected for “its impeccable honesty, its capacity for government and its adhesion to the political project of Vox”. They are three directors “with the maximum experience”, the regional vice president has settled, who has been convinced that they will “demonstrate” his “management and government capacity”.

For his part, Iván Espinosa de los Monteros has assured that the three selected professionals know their areas of work “perfectly” and has defended that they have not been selected because of their gender, their sexual orientation or their “adherence to a leader”.

After the inauguration of the eleven councilors -Mañueco took office on Tuesday-, all the councilors of the Popular Party have attended the media and have accepted questions. On the part of Vox, only the vice president of the Junta de Castilla y León —which has established itself as “party leader” in the community— and Iván Espinosa de los Monteros have attended the journalists.

The president of the Junta de Castilla y León, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco, has claimed: “Whoever has raised these suspicions, let him prove them.” “I think that the eleven people who accompany me are serious people and I have nothing more to say about everything else”, he has valued. “Fortunately, in this country there is the presumption of innocence and I think there is nothing worse than the penalty of the news,” he pointed out.