Wilson Pastor Morris has been working as Minister of Non-Renewable Natural Resources, although he recently registered 11 days ago, his fourth degree title of Master in Economics of Energy in the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology (Senescyt).
This means he would have been in fulfilling his office without having a registered title therefore violating the Article 19 of the General Regulations of the Higher Education Act, of September 2011, which reveals that the list of graduates will be part of the Information System of Higher Education, this is the only way to validate and recognize titles in Ecuador.
To have a masters degree, Wilson Pastor must have registered his economics title obtained from a university, be it national or international.
On December 27, 2012, Assemblyman Clever Jimenez and Fernando Villavicencio former oil union member filed a lawsuit for the alleged crime of forgery, because for 40 years he would have been receiving the recognition of a professional with an economist title and, alternately as an engineer, which Pastor is not.
The petitioners ask the prosecutor, to request the academic files of Pastor from Universidad Central, since he has worked in several offices that require a specialized title.
Wilson Pastor has served on the Board of Directors of Petroecuador, as manager in Petroamazonas, he was CEO of Petroecuador, among other public offices.
In addition of Pastor, the allegations carried out by Jimenez and Villavicencio, showed that he signed as an economist as it was recorded in the preliminary investigation of the case ‘Palo Azul’, where he gave his version on September 10, 2010. When asked about the question 4 “if it is possible that in the same field oil with a different API degree can be found with a difference of 4 degrees,” Pastor said: “My training is as an economist and that should be analyzed to give a full detail in the case in order to determine this possibility, but I think the question is more for an engineer rather than for an economist.”
After giving his version, Wilson Pastor appropriated his signature as an economist. He himself has stated that he “left Universidad Central“, and so he would be admitting that he did not graduated economist.
If Pastor does not have a third degree title, how then could he obtain a fourth degree title of Master in Energy in Economics at the University of Grenoble Pierrer Mendes France, in France.
These are questions that Pastor must answer for and similarly to the Senescyt, who has registered a master’s degree without registering his university degree in economics.
There are serious assumptions that the case of Pastor is exactly like that of Pedro Delgado, former Central Bank president, who forged an economist title for a Masters in Costa Rica.