The report gives an account of the modes of operation to avoid justice, of the then candidate for the federal deputation of the 15th district of Jalisco. Which consisted of divorcing so that the properties were not in his name but in the name of his in-laws.
After spreading the report, the candidate asked for his right to reply but without abiding by current law, so he was given the opportunity to generate it again. However, as he lost the elections, he was no longer interested in resuming his defense. We know unofficially that the government of Jalisco found out but did not make complaints about it.
I used information on transparency and access to information. Among which stands out the public registry of property in Jalisco, as well as the base of the Public Registry of Commerce of Mexico. También utilizamos la base de datos de la nómina del municipio de Ocotlán del año 2009 y se corroboró con la del 2017, 2018 y 2019.
What was the hardest part of this project?
The investigation lasted three years. Separately we had information but there was no common thread, we knew that there was an illicit enrichment but we did not have the information to prove it. With the investigation and joining the loose threads, we were able to make a timeline that allowed us to identify that the divorce of the presidential couple helped both to buy houses and land without obligation and that a lawsuit that was generated against the candidate was not appropriate because it was did after their divorce. In addition, this timeline made us prove that his partner benefited when Paulo Hernández was municipal president.
For three years I personally began to investigate the official, but due to lack of resources I was unable to access information that would give me more understanding, due to the lack of time derived from the daily journalism tasks that I had to do. In 2021 we managed to have two more people in Decisions and that helped us to be able to clearly identify through an alternative job, information that helped us to know more about Paulo Hernández. The budget improvement in 2021 really helped us realize this investigation.
What can others learn from this project?
Of course, there are many similar databases in each municipality, in each state and surely a large part of democratic countries. We would even be interested in helping other colleagues to do this type of project in their own municipalities. Knowing the commercial and property databases, as well as the payroll is complex but also with experience is an achievable goal.