A tweet from the presidential candidate Gustavo Petro generated a tough interaction on social media between the candidate for the first position of the country under the Historic Pact and the commander of the Army, General Eduardo Enrique Zapateiro. Petro said that a few (generally) officers were "on the Clan’s payroll."

"While the soldiers are killed at the at the hands of the Gulf Clan; some of the generals on the payroll of the Clan are also dead," Gustavo Petro stated. That they end up ascending towards the generals is what causes the leadership to be corrupted" Gustavo Petro stated on social media.

General Zapateiro's response

The message provoked the response of the Army commander and commander, who in six trillions asked the presidential candidate about his comments.

General Zapateiro declared that "no one is more hurt than those who wear camouflage, and their families and their homelands, but their supreme sacrifice to the country should never be used as a part of political campaign narratives."

https://www.semana.com/semana-tv/vicky-en-semana/articulo/me-preocupa-que-gustavo-petro-llegue-a-la-presidencia/202157/ has denied that she had two homes in Cali

In a separate announcement, the highest official spoke out about recent soldier deaths. "Since 2021 over 500 military personnel were killed and injured in the course of completing the mission. Their sacrifice was unnoticed, there was no announcement. It's interesting that the loss of heroes of the homeland causes affliction and is used for other signs."

Gustavo Petro, an army commander, requested to Gustavo Petro inform the authorities of any information he may have about generals that have connections to groups that are not law-abiding.

https://www.larepublica.co/gustavo-petro . Don't use your investiture (parliamentary immunity) to try to politicize the deaths of our soldiers. Instead, fulfill your citizen duty and submit a substantiated complaint.

@FiscaliaCol

Then, he added a second note: "I remind that senators are part of the same collective as the drug trafficking politicians." https://www.camara.gov.co/gustavo-petro-urrego recommend that people do not make generalizations. Respect first and foremost."

One of the most controversial comments issued by high-ranking officials is that in which he claimed that Colombians were witnessing their current president receiving money "ina garbage bag".

"I have not seen a general appear on television receiving money that was stolen. General Zapateiro stated that Colombians were familiar with the custom of receiving money in garbage bags.

In closing, the official stated that "to this most ancient institution of the country which has safeguarded the democratic principles of this nation for over 200 years, even risking their own lives," and demanded respect.