Written by Al Jazeera
As the race against Pablo Escobar and his rampant drug cartel practices ramp up, President Gaviria’s cabinet continues to increasingly work together in harmony in order to combat this issue. In their session Friday evening, the committee passed three of the four directives on the table and therefore largely increasing Colombia’s efforts against their rampant cocaine issue.
The passed directives cover a variety of efforts, from the interrogation of Pablo Escobar’s mother to a call for further international support.
One of the most comprehensive directives passed was ‘Control over Coca’, which takes a holistic approach in order to take a hard-line stance against the present corruption within Colombia. Strongly addressing the narcotics trade, this directive calls to use interrogation tactics on those engaged in Narcos-related activities and to convict those taking bribes to the fullest extent of the law to serve as a deterrent to others who may do the same.
This directive wasn’t met without a fight, however. In fact, Minister of Defense Rafael Rueda described this directive as, “an attempt by our already corrupt government to shove down bureaucracy down the people’s throats”, referring to the plethora of previously passed directives on the same issue. This wasn’t a commonly held sentiment, however, and this vote passed relatively easily through majority.
The second directive passed was focused on the interrogation and captivity of Pablo Escobar’s mother, which directly specified which interrogation strategies to use regarding information about his location, and even proposed sending an anonymous letter to Escobar’s communication committee to lure him to the government. Additionally, directive ‘Pan-American Night’ takes steps to gain international support for the fight to Escobar. Unanimously passed, this directive facilitates exchange programs between local government leaders in Colombia and their counterparts in Peru, Venezuela, Mexico, and Brazil, thus promoting world-wide information sharing. Both these directives passed with relative ease, signaling a sign of cooperation and efficiency within this cabinet.
The drug-cartel problem has been a long-standing and deeply-embedded problem in Colombia for several years now, although now that President Gaviria’s cabinet is coming together to effectively and efficiently pass concrete solutions to combat this issue, Pablo Escabor may soon be held accountable for his actions once and for all.