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    Joram Jojo

    Comrades of the Central General Staff, members of the National Secretariat, Delegation of Peace of the Colombia Revolutionary Force FARC in Havana, Cuba, Comrades of all the FARC-EP structures, squads, guerrillas, companies, fronts and blocks:

    For all and all our Bolivarian greeting. We are witnessing a moment of great significance for the peace of Colombia. The FARC, since its foundation in 1964, we have raised the flags of peace, peace as a premise, peace as the supreme good of the people. Today more than ever we are convinced that the time has come to end more than 60 years of a cruel and ruthless war, where the people have borne the brunt. A war where there are no winners or losers, in Havana there has been and is being discussed one on one, between the FARC-EP and the national government, without one party imposing the other’s criteria and criteria on the other.

    We are convinced that the destiny of Colombia must be peace with democracy, peace with social justice. For these premises to be possible, the unity of the entire people, including the revolutionary guerrillas, is needed.

    All the guerrillas, guerrillas, militiamen and militiamen of the Western Bloc Commander Alfonso Cano (BOCAC), we strongly support the peace process that takes place in the city of Havana, Cuba, between the FARC-EP and the government of Juan Manuel Saints.

    There is no room for individuals with personal ambitions, to divide the FARC, the FARC-EP, are not individual property, are a collective, a people, men and women who founded and gave their lives for this noble cause.

    In the FARC nobody is tired of the struggle, we are fulfilling the strategic plan in its political part, the seizure of power for the people through dialogue and peaceful means.

    Health for all.


    Joram Jojo

    The Death of Cristian Guejia, former FARC Prisoner and Member of the New Political Party

    In the last hours, the FARC confirmed the death of Cristian Guejia, former FARC prisoner and member of the new political party. According to the first information, “Marcos”, as he was called in time of war, was murdered in the Santa Teresita neighborhood in the municipality of Santander de Quilichao, department of Cauca.

    “At 12:30 noon on January 23, 2018 men pursued with short weapons to a house in the Santa Teresita neighborhood of Santander de Quilichao (Carrera 12 calle 2) on the sides of the main entrance of the main cemetery”, according to the political group.

    Farc says that Guejia advanced political work in the communities of San Francisco, El Palmar and Arboleda at the time the events were recorded.

    “Marcos” executed one of the strategies that on January 2, Rodrigo Londoño ordered all the members of the nascent political party. Timochenko asked the Farc members to create Tactical Units of the Common with the aim of achieving in the zones where the conflict was lived the necessary votes so that members of this group can reach positions of popular election.

    “Achieving it will depend on each of us doing it well, that we really become UTC, Tactical Units of the Common, wherever one of the Farc militants lives or is. width of UTCs, whose first task will be to install the Casa de los Comunes: diffusion centers of our platform, management commands and organization of the campaign, meeting centers for young people, women, artists, that is, women and Men of the Common. ” (Read: The tactics with which the FARC will seek to reach power, according to Rodrigo Londoño)

    The Farc political party denounced 49 attacks against ex-combatants and militants, of which 36 were assassinated since the signing of the Peace Agreement in November 2016 with the Government. (Read: La Farc denounces that 36 ex-combatants were killed since 2016)

    The political movement reported in a press conference that the majority of incidents have occurred in the departments of Antioquia, Cauca and Nariño.

    Camilo Fagua, member of the movement, demanded a “disposition of all the authorities and all the institutions so that there are real guarantees for the exercise of the policy” of the new party.

    The member of Farc, Diego Méndez, said that all attacks must be condemned “wherever they come from”, either by dissidents or by armed groups that are heirs of the paramilitaries, since they are “an attack on the political exercise.”


    Joram Jojo

    Fares Carabalí and Diego Fernando Castillo died on the spot

    At 6:30 pm on the road that leads from Santander Quilichao (north of Cauca) to the corregimiento of Timba (Valle) the attack was presented with a fragmentation grenade and rifle shots. In the white camp, which was on the edge of the trail, were the bodies of Fares Carabalí and Diego Fernando Castillo, who died on the spot.

    On the other hand, his fellow Afros from the cooperative that Carabalí represented, Álvaro Arara Rodallega and Carlos Mina, were injured and are being treated at the Valle de Lili Clinic in the city of Cali.

    Carabalí, besides being the manager of the miners’ cooperative of Buenos Aires, was the brother of the current mayor of that municipality, Urdely Carabalí. In an investigation published by this newspaper at the end of 2015, the dispute over the mining and territorial power of this area of ​​north-western Cauca, in which Fares Carabalí was the protagonist, is described. Below three sections of one of the reports.

    “Today, the dispute is not only over the control of the Teta hill mines and the titles of the cooperative, but also over the territorial and administrative power of Buenos Aires, which was demonstrated last October 25 at the polls when Urdely Carabalí , candidate of the miners and brother of the manager Fares Carabalí, won 3275 to 2975 votes obtained by Oscar Eduin Lopez, the candidate of the U party. The third place, with 2691 votes, was occupied by the candidate Adan Díaz Sandoval, supported by the community council (legal figure of the blacks recognized by the law 70 of 1993), that pretended with local power to make weight to the company and to recover the cooperative of small miners “.

    “However, on that Sunday in October they shouted in their faces:” You have the people, but we have the money, “says a member of the community council, and in the end, Urdely Carabalí won in the townships of mining influence and positions. where the indigenous vote.

    “Those who financed the last political campaigns in Buenos Aires, says a member of the community council, were the Giraldo and Duque (gold trading company of Valle del Cauca):” Four years ago Fares was given $ 400 million to make the campaign to the mayor who lost, but in return, he as president of the board of directors of the cooperative at that time, would facilitate all conditions for the Sociedad Minera del Sur to enter the territory. That put an end to small-scale mining, “he says.


    It will be necessary to see what the authorities investigate of this new violent act in the main mining area of ​​the department of Cauca. In that region, miners with backhoes and merchants who camouflage gray gold as if it were legal gold persist. The community councils Cerro Teta of Buenos Aires and La Toma de Suárez in northwestern Cauca are also imprisoned in these networks. It is pertinent to know who is behind the murder of Fares Carabalí and what that actor is playing in the Afro-descendant territory.


    Joram Jojo

    The party of the ex-guerrilla of the Farc

    The party of the ex-guerrilla of the Farc reported that last Sunday one of its members, 23 years old, was beaten in the town of Ciudad Bolívar in Bogotá.

     The member of the political party of the Common Revolutionary Alternative Force, Camilo Fagua, denounced in a press conference that 36 ex-combatants of the demobilized FARC guerrillas have been assassinated since the signing of the peace agreement with the Colombian government in November 2016 .

    Fagua assured the Anadolu Agency that another 13 incidents against the ex-combatants have been presented since the signing of the agreement, which include attacks, threats and killings against the relatives of members of the new party.

    “We ask the National Government to comply with the agreement on security and guarantees for the exercise of the policy, and to activate the institutional mechanisms to achieve that goal,” said Fagua.

    The member of the FARC mentioned that the departments of Colombia where the attacks against members of the former guerrilla group have been most frequent are Cauca, Nariño and Antioquia.

    The member of the Farc party, Valentina Beltrán, said that the last incident against a member of the ex-guerrilla took place in the Ciudad Bolívar city of Bogotá against the member of the political movement in the area, Leydy Johana Poblador, 23 years old.

    Beltrán said that Poblador was attacked by two men and a woman who carried firearms and had their faces hidden. The attack happened last Sunday around 11:30 p.m. (local time).

    “During the event, these people exposed our colleague to several photographs of members of our regional Bogotá party and told her that they would be subjected to attacks on her life and integrity,” said Beltrán.

    The FARC will launch its campaign for the legislative and presidential elections in Colombia on January 27 in Ciudad Bolívar, Bogotá.


    Joram Jojo

    The Deportation of 130 Venezuelans from Colombia

    The National Police, Migration Colombia and the City Hall of Cúcuta advance, at this moment, the deportation of 130 Venezuelans, who, for six months, were camped in a field in the sector of Seville.

    The community of this neighborhood was increasingly impatient with the presence of the Venezuelans who had taken over the soccer field. But the crisis was more evident on Monday night when, after several protests and that the mayor of Cucuta Cesar Rojas announced the eviction, a group of young people throw molotov bombs to the court, where there are pregnant women and children.

    (Read here: Government augurs imminent collapse of Venezuela and asks for a plan “for the day after”).

    Although the reasons for this attack are not clear, the police moved to the area and showed that the situation is critical, both by the people of Cucuta who do not understand the presence of Venezuelans, and by the latter who refuse to return to their homes. country. And, although 130 Venezuelans are being deported, in that court, which came to be called by some as Hotel Caracas, there were up to 900 citizens of the neighboring country.

    Before this situation, the mayor Cúcuta, César Rojas, explained, in an interview with Blu Radio, that “we are not evicting, because that is a public space of the community. And I have to watch over the integrity of the Venezuelans who come to sleep there. Instead of an accident happening, because people in the sector are inflamed, I have to take action. “

    On the reasons why more and more Venezuelans arrive in Cúcuta, Rojas said that it is because they believe that there they will find a better future than in their place of origin, but this is far from reality. “People come with an illusion of looking for a working space in Cúcuta, to look for their livelihood and that of their families, but when faced with the reality that we occupy one of the first places in unemployment, they crash into the world and for that reason is that they have to sleep in the streets, “he said.

    In any case, it seems that the flow of Venezuelan migrants to Colombia, because of the crisis in the neighboring country, will not stop soon. According to Migración Colombia, in 2017 there was an increase of 110% in the flow of Venezuelans crossing the border and a study reviewed by the EFE agency says that there are around 35 thousand Venezuelans who do it.

    The crisis is such that Mauricio Cárdenas, Minister of Finance, warned, from the World Economic Forum in Davos, about the “imminent” collapse of Venezuela and the need for “an economic plan for Venezuela for the day after. We do not know when we will arrive the day after, but that will be quick because of the seriousness of the crisis. “


    Joram Jojo

    Pablo Escobar Still Haunts Colombia Politicians

    39 years ago, the family company of today’s presidential candidate Sergio Fajardo sold property in El Poblado to Pablo Escobar’s wife. At that time very few knew about the capo’s adventures and much less about his spouse.
    Facade of the property that Inversiones Fajardo sold to Victoria Henao de Escobar. The viewer

    Four months after the first round in the 2018 presidential elections, with no clarity in the alliances or the noise expected at the time of the public debates, it is already becoming clear that the contest will go beyond the confrontation of ideas. The test is a documentation that has begun to circulate that shows that the candidate who scores in the polls, Sergio Fajardo, as a member of a family company, 39 years ago sold a property to Victoria Eugenia Henao Vallejo, wife of Pablo Escobar Gaviria.

    The documentation, dusted off 39 years later and in full electoral campaign, indicates that this business was protocolized in the First Notary of Envigado (Antioquia), on February 27, 1979. The company Inversiones Fajardo Valderrama y Compañía sold it to Victoria Henao de Escobar a lot of land in the sector of El Poblado, next to his house, worth $ 4 million. The selling firm had been formed three years before, on August 25, 1976, with an initial capital of $ 200,000 and the participation of the parents and brothers of the presidential candidate today. Sergio Fajardo was registered as a member, with 14%.

    When tracking the history of the property in question in the Office of Public Instruments of Medellin, it is noted that until December 1972 belonged to the firm Inversiones Sonora Ltda., Which sold it to Raúl Fajardo Moreno, and he did it to Inversiones Fajardo Valderrama y Compañía four years later, in January 1976. As of February 1979, it became the property of Victoria Henao, and since 1998 there have been embargo notices by the Public Prosecutor’s Office. However, at present, the owner of the domain rights remains the wife of Pablo Escobar.

    That is what is read in general terms in the official documentation. However, to assess responsibilities it is necessary to go back to the historical context. Although the first review of Pablo Escobar Gaviria for drug trafficking dates back to June 1976, when he was captured in Itagüí with five other people, including his cousin and partner Gustavo Gaviria Rivero and his brother-in-law Mario Henao Vallejo, for 1979, the year in which the transaction between Inversiones Fajardo Valderrama and Victoria Henao, the legal status of the capo was very different.

    At that time, Escobar Gaviria served as a wealthy businessman from Medellín, his emporium at the hacienda Nápoles in Doradal (Antioquia) was successfully developing and giving form to his civic movement Medellín sin Slums. It was only in 1982 that he acceded to Congress as a representative to the alternate Chamber. A year later, in August 1983, it was when the then Minister of Justice, Rodrigo Lara Bonilla, publicly confronted him, giving rise to the crisis that led to the narco-terrorist war since the murder of Lara in April 1984.

    In the midst of this evolution, it should be added that the criminal adventures of Pablo Escobar were ratified from a publication of El Espectador in August 1983, with the facsimile reproduction of the news of his capture in 1976. Only since then was it known that the capo specified the murder of the DAS agents who had captured him and that the file had been stolen. In other words, in the perspective of the presumption of legality, when the business was formalized between Inversiones Fajardo Valderrama and Victoria Henao in 1979, Pablo Escobar was not persecuted by the courts.

    One more aspect As recorded on the National Registration Card, Victoria Eugenia Henao de Escobar was born on September 3, 1960 in Palmira (Valle). That is to say, that by February 1979, when he closed the aforementioned business, he was barely 18 years old and his citizenship card had been issued one month before. In this document she appears as Escobar’s wife, since she married him in March 1976. Today it follows that surely since 1979, knowing his actions, many of Escobar’s businesses were protocolized by his wife.

    And if Pablo Escobar in 1979 scarcely knew that he was projected as a patron surrounded by politicians or businessmen, and was also a promoter of soccer fields in popular neighborhoods of the Antioquia capital, much less was there suspicion about his wife, the young 18-year-old Victoria Eugenia Henao. In addition, as of that year, the company Inversiones Fajardo Valderrama did not know about the property again, as can be proven in the annotations of the certificate of tradition and freedom of the property located in the El Poblado sector, between Envigado and Medellín.

    Regarding the tour of the property from 1979, although the embargo notes begin to be configured since 1998, there is an additional document that shows insufficient action by the State for its extinction of ownership. Specifically, on February 15, 2004, the specialized prosecutor 13 of Medellin, Fabio Augusto Ramos, included him in a request to the Office of Public Instruments Registry of the city, to insist on the precautionary measure of attachment, kidnapping and suspension of the device power of the property located in the El Diamante urbanization.

    A year later, in March 2005, the same prosecutor Ramos again required the measure of attachment, sequestration and suspension of the dispositive power of the property, and informed the Public Registry Office that if the refusal persisted, it would be I was going to order a copy of the proofs before the Superintendency of Notaries and Registration for possible disciplinary faults and contempt of a court order. Today, in the official certificate, with the annotations of valuation and cadastral changes, the property continues appearing in the name of Victoria Eugenia Henao.

    As for the company Inversiones Fajardo Valderrama, established in August 1976 for the provision of services related to design, construction or acquisition of urban or rural buildings for economic use, since then only had two fundamental steps. In October 2009 it was transformed into a simplified stock company (SAS), and a year ago, in January 2017, the shareholders’ meeting approved its definitive dissolution. Currently it is in the process of liquidation and Rodrigo Fajardo Valderrama is its main liquidator.

    Consulted the candidate Sergio Fajardo on this documentation, he said that when the business was done between Inversiones Fajardo Valderrama and Victoria Henao he was 22 years old, had been five years outside of Medellín and was studying a master’s degree at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. On the transaction, he stated that his father put a notice in the newspaper to look for a buyer for that property, a commission agent read it, contacted him and took the buyers to see the house. Then the sale was made in a legal manner and there was never any relationship with the buyer again.

    Fajardo added that his father, like almost everyone else at that time, did not know that Mrs. Henao was the wife of a mobster and he did not know about the adventures of Pablo Escobar either. It was only known that he was a drug trafficker because of an investigation led by Guillermo Cano in El Espectador in 1983. Raúl Fajardo, his father, created that company to leverage the future of his children and that is why he included them, even though he administered it. “My father has already died. After years became known that Escobar was a criminal, we talked about that. My dad always mortified him for having done that business, “he said.
    The response of the candidate Sergio Fajardo

      What participation did you have in the matter?

       Any. At that time I was 22 years old and I was studying my master’s degree at the Universidad de los Andes, in Bogotá. I had been out of Medellin for five years.

       What was the company Inversiones Fajardo Valderrama doing?

        To manage the family patrimony. My father created it to leverage the future of his children and that is why he included me, his eldest son, and my younger brothers. He administered it.

    Have you talked to your father and his brothers about it?

    My father has already died. After years became known that Escobar was a criminal, we talked about that. My dad always mortified him for having done that business.

    Why and how did his father meet Mrs. Henao de Escobar?

    Because a commissioner who read the newspaper notice that my dad published to offer the house, took her as a buyer. And after the sale, he never saw her again or established any relationship with her.

    In what circumstances did the business occur?

    In the legal circumstances of any real estate business. All papers and documents are public.

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