Domenica Tabacchi, Deputy Mayor of Guayaquil, after being questioned on Saturday by President Rafael Correa for her speech during the tribute to President José Mujica of Uruguay, responded saying that “the Guayaquil woman” is being offended.
Tabacchi, during her speech, described Mujica as “an example of simplicity and solidarity from the power, a president who from that power sought social justice and not the popular execution.”
Correa, in his speech took the opportunity to criticize the Social Christian administration of Mayor Jaime Nebot stating: “Oligarchs living in private islands come to talk us about social justice, of unique thinking.”
The President recalled on Saturday that Tabacchi left the room, consequently he said: “She must learn to behave.”
In a statement, the Deputy Mayor added: “My intervention was targeted to the visitors leaders, especially the honored President of Uruguay, Jose Mujica, of whom I exalted his action and thought (…) I regret that President Correa did not understand the speech, that he had decided to be the center of attention, forgetting his role as host and that he exposed internal differences in an international event of the highest level. As my presence bothered him and he reacted unreasonably, I preferred to withdrow,” he said.
“Yesterday the President, in his eagerness to continue offending, not the Deputy Mayor of Guayaquil, but a Guayaquil woman, tried to detract my representativeness because of having have light colored eyes, knowing that I was the best voted councilor of my city, a backing I won with my permanent work and service to the community, for this reason, the suffered attack will never silence me,” concluded Tabacchi.