In the wake of the arrest of former Minister of Education, Milton Ribeiro, which took place this Wednesday (22), the opposition in the Senate managed to gather signatures to file the request for the opening of the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (CPI) of the MEC. This is what Senator Randolfe Rodrigues (REDE-AP) stated on his Twitter account.
URGENT! After the senator’s signature @senadorgiordano, we have just obtained the necessary signatures for the establishment of the CPI of the MEC! Let’s clean up the #BolsolaodoMEC and other corruption scandals of this Government in Education! #CPIdoMEC
— Randolfe Rodrigues (@randolfeap) June 23, 2022
The application for opening was opened in April, when the scandal of favoring evangelical pastors in the distribution of resources from the Ministry of Education broke out.
On that occasion, the government worked to successfully prevent the number of signatures from being reached. On Twitter, Senator Randolfe Rodrigues (REDE-AP) recalled the episode. “It’s understandable now why the Bolsonaro government tried so hard to remove signatures from the MEC’s CPI. Even in April, we only needed TWO more. Now we know why!”
It is understandable now why the Bolsonaro government has gone to such lengths to withdraw signatures from the CPI of the MEC. Still in April, we only needed TWO more. Now we know why! The Bolsolão do MEC is already the biggest corruption scandal in history!https://t.co/lxhWnBoguR
— Randolfe Rodrigues (@randolfeap) June 22, 2022
On Wednesday, Rodrigues campaigned on Twitter to convince senators to sign the petition.
Senator Humberto Costa (PT-PE) also defended the opening of the CPI on a social network. On his Instagram account, he stated that “although we are not in a position to judge the need or not [da prisão]is a clear indication that the irregularities are blatant”.
understand the case
Former Minister of Education Milton Ribeiro and Pastor Gilmar Santos were arrested this Wednesday morning (22), during the Federal Police’s Access Paid operation. The agency’s action is part of the investigation that investigates the scheme of “influence and corruption trafficking for the release of public resources” from the National Education Development Fund (FNDE) to city halls, mediated by lobbyist pastors.
The investigation began in March, after an audio leaked by the press showed Ribeiro stating that he prioritized allocating FNDE resources to city halls whose requests were negotiated by pastors Gilmar Santos and Arilton Moura, at the request of President Bolsonaro. they did not hold a position in the Ministry of Education and operated in an informal fundraising scheme.
“It was a special request that the President of the Republic made to me on the issue of [pastor] Gilmar. (…) Because my priority is to first serve the municipalities that need it most and, secondly, to serve all those who are friends of Pastor Gilmar”, says the minister in audio.
Editing: Rodrigo Durao Coelho