Avelino Guillén left the Ministry of the Interior after a dispute between him and the Commander General of the National Police of Peru, Javier Gallardo, regarding appointments within the institution. President peter castle He would have been distant with the member of his cabinet for several days, so Guillén decides to step aside through a letter sent to the president. In conversation with Epicenter, the outgoing minister gave details of the reason for his decision.
Guillén pointed out that Commander Gallardo had presented a list to request the retirement of a significant number of police officers whom the Minister of the Interior considered important for the institution. On each of the occasions that the changes were requested, the interior minister rejected the requests, but, according to El Comercio, the payroll presentation would have been taken as a defiant attitude by the head of the Interior portfolio.
“Ministry officials have told me that many times the commanders are used to taking their proposal in a sealed envelope to the ministerGuillen said. Eventually, the head of the portfolio took the document to the office of the President of the Republic, who signed without discussing the proposal put forward by the police officers and then ordered his minister to do the same. “That has to end. The Minister of the Interior is not a table of parts of the Commander General of the Police”, he said in relation to the responsibility of his position to participate in the decisions that are made within the institution.
Guillén stressed that his job as Minister of the Interior was to be responsible for the “design, execution and application of a policy that has to do with citizen security and crime fighting. If one is politically responsible, I have the right to say which police chiefs are going to be in charge of applying those policies“, he pointed. He added that this is an idea that he has repeated before the president. ” If we don’t have a police that is scientifically prepared, professionally motivated, encouraged by society, how are we going to fight crime adequately?”, he said at another point in the conversation.
The departure of Avelino Guillén from the Ministry of the Interior has motivated various personalities to criticize the outcome of the dispute in the National Police of Peru (PNP). From opponents to those who showed total support for the government of President Pedro Castillo have declared in favor of the outgoing official. “I regret the resignation of Minister Avelino Guillén, who fearlessly faced corruption and dictatorship in the 90s of the Fujimori regime. President Pedro Castillo, Peru deserves an explanation of why we are losing a great professional and compatriot”, wrote Isabel Cortez, congresswoman of Together for Peru.
The history Carmen McEvoy described as patriotic the decision adopted by the Minister of the Interior. “There are personal sacrifices that ennoble a republic, symbolic acts that allow it to reflect in situations of danger and crossroads. Today Dr. Guillén has given us one of those lessons in citizen patriotism that we need so much. We are not alone”, he wrote from his Twitter account.
It is known that until now the President of the Republic, Pedro Castillo, has not physically received the letter of resignation he presents and that he has not communicated with Guillén either. It is expected that a response from the president will be known first thing Monday morning.