Baja California Governor Jaime Bonilla Valdez said in a broadcast on Sunday that Tijuana Mayor Arturo González Cruz should not resign
Bonilla Valdez’s comment came after a proposal from social media user Alex Herrera, per a translated Zeta Tijuana report.
According to Herrera, González Cruz should resign from his post “because he cannot handle” insecurity and homicide in Tijuana.
However, the Governor doesn’t think the mayor’s resignation is the answer to Tijuana’s problem on criminality.
Tijuana has to “recognize that security is failing at the municipality level,” Valdez explained.
The governor compared the mayor’s lack of recognition to Tijuana’s security problem with a drunk.
According to him, Gonzáles Cruz is like a drunk who does not know they have a drinking problem.
“The first thing you have to do to solve a problem is to recognize” you have it, said Bonilla Valdez.
The person who is alcoholic is the last person to recognize it, he added.
He also took a jab at Tijuana’s Secretary of Public Safety, Jorge Alberto Ayón Monsalve on his role in investigations.
The Governor emphasized that there are “very serious cases in Tijuana” that needs investigating.
To have an effective investigation, the person accused should be removed, Bonilla Valdez said, alluding to Ayón Monsalve, per Zeta Tijuana.
The Mayor will not investigate Ayón Monsalve because he is the one in charge of the investigation.
The Governor’s comment about the Secretary of Public Safety came after he demanded to remove him for alleged corruption.
The governor finally suggested during his broadcast that González Cruz should apply himself to work and solve people’s problems.
Crime Rate in Tijuana
The US Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) reported in July that Tijuana has the highest “per capita murder rate in the world.”
It also has the highest rate of femicide in the country.
According to OSAC, Tijuana reported 2,208 homicides in 2019 which is less than its 2,185 homicide cases in 2018.
Last month, Tijuana reported more than 100 murders in the municipality, said Baja California’s security and investigative unit, per KRQE.