The politics, the academy and the Ecuadorian society are in mourning. Julio César Trujillo, who led the Transitional Citizen Participation Council (CPCCST) in the anti-corruption fight and the country’s reinstitutionalization, died this Sunday, May 19, at the Metropolitan Hospital of Quito.
According to the medical report, type II diabetes mellitus, hypertensive heart disease and diabetic nephropathy aggravated complications resulting from severe intracerebral hemorrhage that occurred on Tuesday, May 14.
A day earlier, at the end of the session of the CPCCST, people identified with the correísmo launched strong grievances, which caused the breakdown in their health. During the time he remained hospitalized, he received samples of solidarity from social groups he always helped, such as Yasunidos.
The most moving show took place on Friday, May 17, when a symbolic fabric of ribbons was created in his honor. At the same time in the social networks, his detractors (related to the correísmo) did not stop persecuting him, even with ridicule about his health.
The news of his departure hit his friends like Professor Ramiro Avila, who said he will continue his legacy. “As a judge I will not fail him, I will apply the Law and the Constitution as he preached in his life.” His mortal remains are veiled since the night of Sunday May 19, where a burning chapel was erected in the main auditorium of the Catholic University, in the north of Quito.
According to the communiqué of the CPCCST, Trujillo will have a state funeral until Tuesday, May 21 at noon, when the relevant State tributes are fulfilled. At 13:00 will be the mass in the temple La Dolorosa of the San Gabriel school. Then he will be transferred to the Monteolivo cemetery for his burial.
His work in politics and academia was fruitful and recognized. From Tuesday 6 March 2018, when he assumed the presidency of the CPCCST, Julio César Trujillo became an emblem in the fight against corruption and the reinstitution of the State.
Sectors related to Coromancy tried to delegitimize their work, but did not give them greater importance, and described them as “insignificant” in the face of the support they received from social sectors, the Government and the academy.
During his tenure, militants of the Citizens’ Revolution called him “old”, but he replied, in an interview with THE TELEGRAPH: “old, but never a thief or corrupt”. Trujillo was born in 1931 in Ibarra, Imbabura. His father was an artisan and farmer, and his mother a merchant.
He had the good fortune that Monsignor Leonidas Proaño was his teacher at school. He studied law at the Catholic University of Ecuador, where he obtained the title of lawyer and Doctor of Jurisprudence. There he had contact with politicians such as Camilo Ponce Enríquez and Julio Tobar Donoso.
In 1958 he started the university chair. Later it was affiliated to the Conservative Party. His legislative experience was marked by his candidacies for deputy for his province triumphing with a large majority. In 1977, when he led the Popular Democracy Party, he was a candidate for the Presidency of the Republic, but yielded his position so that Osvaldo Hurtado is the binomial of Jaime Roldós.
For 1979 was chosen legislator, and assumed the presidency of Popular Democracy or Christian Democracy. A year later (1984) he was a candidate for the Presidency of the Republic. In 1997 he joined the Pachakutik Movement.
In that same year he was appointed Ombudsman and one year later a constituent legislator. Prior to his time in the Participation Council, he faced the government of Rafael Correa, as a member of the National Anticorruption Commission, denouncing cases such as Odebrecht. (I)