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Municipality of Othón P. Blanco loses legal battle to exclude Campeche border towns from public work projects

Chetumal, Q.R. — The municipality of Othón P. Blanco will be responsible for investing in public work projects for Quintana Roo border towns along the state of Campeche.

Andrés Blanco Cruz, legal adviser of the Border Zone Management Committee, says the municipality recently lost their injunction to be exempt from investing in the 50 rural communities

Blanco Cruz says Othón P. Blanco lost the appeal in a Cancun court since the arguments asserted by the municipal authority were declared inoperative.

“This is a triumph for the inhabitants who only seek to improve the living conditions of the marginalized communities that have been denied any possibility of public work under the municipal authority under the false argument that there is a legal impediment that does not allow investment in that region of the Municipality of Othón P. Blanco,” he explained.

Blanco Cruz said that a few months ago, the City Council disagreed with the admission of the Amparo lawsuit that the border area residents filed before the Sixth District Court.

He says the residents sought for a ruling that would see the City Hall of Othón P. Blanco comply with its constitutional responsibilities regarding public projects.

He explained that by excluding those 50 rural communities from the Annual Investment Program (PIA), the City Council of Othón P. Blanco violated the economic, social and cultural rights of the inhabitants.

“The PIA, which was approved unanimously by the members of the Cabildo of Othón P. Blanco, violated the guiding principles of the budget established in article 25 of the Political Constitution of the United Mexican States, which establishes the programming of the budget in accordance with the fair distribution of funds and wealth as well as shared progress, and since around 50 of a total of 83 communities were excluded from those located in the border area and on the banks of the Rio Hondo, the City Council failed to comply with its constitutional responsibilities by ceasing to ensure shared progress and the equitable distribution of wealth to guarantee social justice,” he said.

Now, the City Council of Othón P. Blanco will have to ensure work projects so those 50 communities can have public services such as paved streets and sidewalks, parks, housing and all the public projects they are obligated to provide.