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Companies deny having participated in irregular tenders together with former President Peña Nieto

Baxter confirmed that Plasti-Esteril was founded in 1991 by members of the Peña family in Atlacomulco, in the central State of Mexico (PHOTO: GALO CAÑAS / CUARTOSCURO)
Baxter confirmed that Plasti-Esteril was founded in 1991 by members of the Peña family in Atlacomulco, in the central State of Mexico (PHOTO: GALO CAÑAS / CUARTOSCURO)

The American medical products company Baxter, noted for the links between its Mexican subsidiary Plasti-Estéril and former President Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018), denied this Friday having participated in irregular tenders.

"Baxter is a company that works under the strictest ethical and compliance standards, in accordance with international, national, federal and local laws and regulations, "the company defended in a statement sent to Efe.

And he added that these standards apply in "investments and public tenders" carried out in Mexico, which "They have always been in line with the needs and demand of the local market."

The current President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, He promised on Wednesday that his government will investigate the contracts that Plasti-Sterile obtained, company founded by Peña Nieto and his family, during his mandate.

Andrés Manuel López Obrador promised on Wednesday that his government will investigate the contracts that Plasti-Estéril, a company founded by Peña Nieto and his family, obtained during his term. (PHOTO: GALO CAÑAS / CUARTOSCURO)
Andrés Manuel López Obrador promised on Wednesday that his government will investigate the contracts that Plasti-Estéril, a company founded by Peña Nieto and his family, obtained during his term. (PHOTO: GALO CAÑAS / CUARTOSCURO)

According to a newspaper investigation The universal, Plasti-Estéril and Baxter obtained contracts for more than 12,170 million pesos (USD 521.9 million) between 2013 and 2018.

In your statement, Baxter confirmed that Plasti-Esteril was founded in 1991 by members of the Peña family in Atlacomulco, in the central State of Mexico, but assured that in 1992 they sold their shares and ceased to have a relationship with the company.

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It was in 1999 when Baxter bought the entire company Plasti-Esteril, which is now one of the three manufacturing plants that the US pharmaceutical company has in Mexico.

Atlacomulco, native municipality of Peña Nieto, it is the place where a good part of the elite of the Institutional Revolutionary Party comes from (PRI) and place of residence of the great businessmen of the State of Mexico.

It was in 1999 when Baxter bought the entire Plasti-Esteril company, which is now one of the three manufacturing plants that the US pharmaceutical company has in Mexico. (PHOTO: GALO CAÑAS / CUARTOSCURO)
It was in 1999 when Baxter bought the entire Plasti-Esteril company, which is now one of the three manufacturing plants that the US pharmaceutical company has in Mexico. (PHOTO: GALO CAÑAS / CUARTOSCURO)

Being an opposition leader, López Obrador was very critical of previous presidents but when he came to power in late 2018 he announced that he would not prosecute his predecessors.

Just a month ago, he denied that his government investigated Peña Nieto's bank accounts.

Days later, the Government's Financial Intelligence Unit revealed a possible fraud in the health sector involving the defunct Seguro Popular and to officials of the Peña Nieto Government.

"The abuses are over": López Obrador asked to investigate a company linked to Peña Nieto that received millionaire contracts

(PHOTO: GALO CAÑAS / CUARTOSCURO)
(PHOTO: GALO CAÑAS / CUARTOSCURO)

The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, asked to investigate the contracts awarded to the company linked to the family of former president Enrique Peña Nieto, which he allegedly benefited by 12,000 million pesos, during his six-year term.

"You have to investigate if President Peña Nieto is involved and you have to see since when the company is operating, what contracts he has received. You have to review it, you have to see it, and see in the current administration they have received and why, if they were direct assignments, tenders ”, indicated.

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López Obrador in his morning press conference assured that his administration is fighting corruption, and said that in previous governments, "corruption prevailed everywhere."

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