A few days after the mother of the world's most wanted and most powerful drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman asked his son to look for God before it was too late, Mexican Minister of the Interior Miguel Angel Osorio Chong Tuesday fended off lawmakers in the Senate, who were questioning why he didn't resign after the Sinaloa cartel leader made his second spectacular escape from jail.
Deep in the mountains that El Chapo widely controls and where he is said to remain since he broke out of prison 11 weeks ago, Consuelo Loera granted Univision a rare, but brief television interview in which she called on his billionaire son to seek divine help to confront the problems he faces.
“I want to tell him to look for God, before it’s too late,” Consuelo, 85, told Guzman in the six-minute interview with the network. “He already experienced what is out there in the world, so now he has to look for God, because God is the only one who can protect him and help him to sort out his problems.”
Loera lives in Las Tunas, Badiraguato, which is north of Culiacan, Sinaloa, in northwestern Mexico. According to Univision, she lives in a very modest home distanced from the luxuries his son seems to appreciate.
“God will reward you when judgement day comes,” said Loera, who has been part of an evangelical church for the past two decades.
She said that she was praying for her son’s safety and also appealed to the Mexican authorities to treat El Chapo properly, according to Fusion.
Many believe El Chapo made his fortune after his first escape in 2001 and while being at large for 13 years until he was arrested once again in February 2014, but he already had a vast criminal career behind him and continued to operate while in jail in Jalisco from 1993, when he was detained in Guatemala.
Guzman's mother avoided speculating whether her son was guilty of the crimes he was accused of, saying her only purpose was to speak as a mother.
Consuelo Loera, a mother of 11, hails from a family of Sinaloa farmers and is famous for trying to stay away from the spotlight, said Fusion. The last time she granted an interview to a journalist was nine years ago, according to Univision.
“We raise [children], and while they are under our responsibility, we know what they’re up to, right?” she said in the interview. “But then they don’t depend on us and they go to make a living in the best way possible. Whether they do good things or bad things, we are still their mothers, and they are still our sons.”
As a child he was very ambitious. “I remember he had a lot of paper money...”
In July, Loera told PBS Frontline that as a child her son was very ambitious. "I remember he had a lot of paper money, little notes of 50s and 5s. He’d count and recount them and then tie them up in little piles. It was just colored paper but they looked real."
El Chapo sold oranges to make a living before his uncle introduced him to the drug business.
"He's blamed for everything. If someone is caught, they say he's involved. If something happens, the government blames him. He's their target," Loera said in the interview with PBS.
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In the meantime, Osorio was being grilled by opposition senators, who told him that El Chapo's escape exposed the fact that the “minister of the Interior has not fulfilled his responsibilities,” according to La Jornada.
“This is why you should’ve stepped down from the ministry to allow authorities to carry out an in-depth investigation into who is responsible for the escape of the drug trafficker,” left-leaning PRD senator Dolores Padierna said.
The official stayed away from responding until PRD Senator Luis Sanchez directly asked him if he at least considered the possibility of resigning, to which he replied that, “In light of the crisis in the jail system, what we need to do is make decision with responsibility to avoid from this (the escape of a drug trafficker) happening again.”
On Sept. 26, the Business Insider published a story saying how El Chapo's sons were making a mockery of authorities by tweeting posts suggesting Guzman is in a given location. Such was the case of Alfredo Guzman who allegedly tweeted a photo from Costa Rica at a restaurant where he was with his father. However, the faces are blocked by emoticons.
But later, his other son Ivan Guzman tweeted the same photo without the emoticons, confirming it was not El Chapo.
Ivan Guzman tweeted this video from Las Vegas on Aug. 20.
According to source who recently spoke to teleSUR, the drug lord is still in the mountain region that begins just north of Culiacan all the way up to Badiraguato, where he enjoys the support of all the local and the protection of security forces at all levels of government.
He helps more than the presidents, said a person from El Chapo’s home region.
After his escape July through a mile-long tunnel built with the utmost precision up to his shower, various news outlets spoke to people who live in the communities that El Chapo controls, according to the teleSUR source who identified himself as Julio “El Tio” Martinez. He works for a top member of the Sinaloa cartel known only as “Aquiles.”
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"He has given money, brought jobs. He helps more than the presidents," one 22-year-old from Badiraguato told El Nuevo Herald.
“He is not a person who threatens, intimidates,” Francisco Villa Gurrola, a pastor told Vice News.
“We are happy because the boss of Culiacan, of all Sinaloa, got out. We are cheerful,” Jose Antonio Medina told Vice. “He knows how to converse, knows how to speak. As an individual, I recognize him as a good person.”
Guzman is “a normal guy, very good with people,” said Maria, a store owner in the drug kingpin’s home municipality. “When somebody needs something, he helps them.”
According to The Washington Post, campesinos in Badiraguato still back the fugitive drug lord, recounting how he gave them jobs on his ranches, and how his associates would airdrop bundles of cash into remote towns.
“He has been a necessary evil,” believes Enrique Amarillas, a local official who added that the Mexican government had not created “the conditions to combat poverty” in the area.
On Sept. 24, the federal Attorney General’s office (PGR) issued an arrest warrant for El Chapo’s extradition to the United States.