Saying that it isn’t about 20 cents is the understatement of the year. Sadly, international media is missing the big picture. There is something much more serious going on and it is called PEC 37.
Brazilian congress is attempting to pass an amendment to the constitution that will take away the Brazilian public ministry’s power to investigate crimes. The amendment states that criminal investigations are to remain in the power of the police.
In case you are familiar with the Brazilian government:
“The Public Ministry (Portuguese: Ministério Público) is the Brazilian body of independent public prosecutors, working both at the federal and state level. It operates independently from the three branches of government, and was referred to by Constitutional scholar Michel Temer as the “Fourth Branch.”
This amendment will make corruption that much easier. The public ministry is an important part of investigations involving public officials and politicians, especially in cases of corruption, drug trafficking, money laundering, tax evasion, among others. Major political scandals have always been investigated by the Public Ministry.
PEC 37 will remove the possibility of government institutions such as State’s attorneys office, COAF, IRS, Ibama, Social Security, Military Police, among other government offices to do criminal investigations.
I consider it a slap in the Brazilian public’s face that this is even being considered. It is a blatant attempt to remove checks and balances in a government that so desperately needs more! Obviously corrupt politicians such as senators Renan Calheiros and José Sarney will have a field day with this amendment.
And I haven’t even gotten to the scariest part. This amendment has already been approved in committee and is up for vote. The vote was supposed to be today but was postponed. They obviously made that move because of all the protests and fear that things would get out of control should it pass… when it passes.
People, an amendment giving corrupt politicians more wiggle room is going to voted on by said politicians. It will pass if something is not done. If it passes, goodness knows what will happen to Brazil’s Order and Progress.