It had to be the president of the Junta de Castilla y León, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco, who recognized yesterday in Salamanca that the words spoken on Tuesday by his 'number 2' in the PP-Vox coalition government could have "offended or bothered some person or entity" and that, in this situation, he asked for "respect, apologies and forgiveness" on behalf of his government because he also insisted that about what Juan García-Gallardo said "we should ask" the affected person himself. Hours later, the Vice President of the Board responded again to questions on an issue that has led to hours and hours of debate in the media and social networks to continue in the same position: "I have nothing to apologize for."
The man from Burgos maintained that his words had been "taken out of context" and also said that he was unaware of the president's statements.
The controversy arose during the plenary session of the Cortes that marked the debut of the young leader of Vox. After receiving harsh attacks from several socialist prosecutors for his position on gender violence, women or abortion, he had to answer the question raised by the socialist prosecutor Noelia Frutos, who did not 'cut' with him when stating, for example , that «you do not reach the sole of the shoes of any woman in Castilla y Léon». Affected by a disability that keeps her in a wheelchair, the regional vice president told her that he was going to heed her request not to treat her "with paternalism" because of her situation. "Without condescension, as if he were just another person," she said in an expression that provoked a lukewarm initial reaction and has almost become a matter of state. Gallardo corrected his sentence on two occasions once the session was over without ever apologizing or acknowledging that he had made a mistake like yesterday if both Fernández Mañueco and the regional government spokesman, Carlos Fernández Carriedo, did it on behalf of the Board.
Meanwhile, the socialist Noelia Frutos considered that the "forgiveness" had been carried out "a la remanguillé" and 48 hours after what, in her opinion, was an "offense" to women with disabilities. She thus transferred it on Twitter after having reproached Fernández Mañueco for not disavowing García-Gallardo to prevent him from "getting angry and asking for a divorce."
For his part, the 'defendant' asked the socialists in Soria for there to be "a constructive opposition" and not to "set fire" to the Cortes with questions and manipulations, and stated that he will try to be remembered "more for the facts than for the words" and neither for being "someone controversial", although at the same time he criticized the PSOE for "instrumentalizing" the prosecutor in the question he asked, reports Ical.
Finally, the general secretary of the PSOE of Castilla y León, Luis Tudanca, assured that "the important thing to ask for forgiveness is to have a purpose of amendment and the serious thing is that they do not have it", while assuring that "they have felt offended all people with disabilities in this country, all women, "he replied to Mañueco. «They are not specific statements, this is a symptom of a disease. A disease that this society has because Mañueco and Feijóo have agreed with the extreme right and have put it in a government ».