Carlos Valverde writes in El Deber:
Thank goodness that this time it was J. R. Quintana, the most rejected character and the least credible of the Government (not without reason) that lashed out at Pagina Siete, which he accused of being a pro-Chilean newspaper; accused him, awkwardly, to have giving space to the Chile Congresswoman Zalaquett, sister-in-law of the Chairman of the Board of the newspaper, without taking into account that Cambio, the Government’s newspaper, and La Razón, daily para-governmental, had daily quoted Zalaquett’s for 358,000 times (both journals together) against the 38,300 mentions from independent Pagina Siete.
That ‘JR’ is politically awkward is nothing new. What wasn’t clear for me, was if he also acted as well in International Affairs (as he was military), but his statement convinced me: his poor argument shows that this Minister and the Government handle a maritime policy contrary to national interests, given that they seem to want to avoid Pagina Siete to let know what the Chilean right wing thinks of the subject. Actually, it is what the ‘establishment’ says, what should interest us, rather than the poor perceptions of a Northern Chilean Mayor or the Chilean tiny ‘multi’ small groups, whose opinion should be the same as hear rain in this country, which has a very clear position in relation to our claims and maritime aspiration.
Someone lied to President Morales to ‘woo’ Bachelet or play ball with Piñera were roads to bring the sea ‘under his arm’. Probably, our President was convinced that in the flirtation of Bachelet or Piñera’s own goal, was marking the way to the sea and there they were, leaving as number 13, on the agenda of negotiations, the maritime theme. They relied on their “peoples’ democracy”.
It didn’t go that way. Now it seems that the Government wants to replace what they themselves dodged for over a long time. There is Quintana trying to give a credible tone to the Government story, pretending that the country believes that support of little less than 5,000 Chilean ‘social activists’ is going to break more than 100 years of trans-Andean maritime policy, which is not nothing more than deny our country its right to the sea. Poor of us… we do not learn.