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RJ: Governor uses official helicopter to travel to ally political event - 06/23/2022

The pre-election candidate, Rio de Janeiro Gov. Claudio Castro (PL), used a state helicopter to attend the launch of a political ally’s pre-candidacy in the interior of Rio de Janeiro last week.

On the night of June 14, Castro flew aboard a state government aircraft from Nova Friburgo, Serrana region, to Barra Mansa, in Sul Fluminense, where he took part in a political event organized by state deputy Marcelo Cabelleiro (DC), which is a political stronghold in city.

The governor claims through his press office that he used the helicopter for “recommendations and security protocols to heads of state” and “for the conduct of activities consistent with public service.” However, the Barra Mansa appointment was not on his official agenda (see full note below).

To justify the use of the plane, Castro formulated Marcelo Cabelleiro and Rodrigo Drable (União Brasil), mayor of Barra Mansa, a lightning-fast agenda: the three went to a popular restaurant that the state is renovating in the municipality under the pretense of inspecting the work.

Sources Heard UOL the governor is reported to have spent several minutes there, where he only took a picture with the allies from scratch (pictured below). He then went to the political event of Marcelo Cabelleiro.

June 14, 2022 – Governor Claudio Castro (in a black suit) poses with allies at work at a popular restaurant in Barra Mansa.

Image: Publicity/Barra Mansa City Hall

helicopter costs

On this day, Castro announced his commitment to Nova Friburgo, in a mountainous area, where he remained from morning until late evening. The city is about 160 km by car from Barra Mansa, travel time is about 3.5 hours. By helicopter, the trip takes about 45 minutes, depending on weather conditions.

In the report, the government asked about the cost of this trip, but there was no answer.

Two companies operating helicopters of the same model as Castro, the Agusta AW109SP, claim that each hour of flight between Nova Friburgo and Barra Mansa costs about $1,293 (R$6,644.72 at yesterday’s price).

Calculation – made by companies upon request Column UOL Todos a Bordo, for this story – includes direct maintenance costs, fuel, takeoff and landing fees. The cost does not include the removal of Castro following the Barra Mansa agenda, which has not been disclosed.

The use of the plane by Castro and his secretaries costs the state millions of dollars.

In terms of fuel, the estimated cost of this helicopter model is BRL 389,000 per year, in accordance with the terms of reference for the purchase of jet fuel prepared in February. The aircraft’s annual maintenance costs R$732,000, based on the values ​​of the latest amendment signed by Rio for this purpose in May.

Allied event changed theme

Other elements indicate that the governor’s trip to Barra Mansa was for the sole purpose of attending a political event with an ally.

Even though a formal engagement in the city was not on Castro’s agenda, Marcelo Cabelleiro advertised the governor’s presence at his event on his social media for at least a week.

The topic has changed. Initially, Cabelleiro regarded the meeting as a nomination of his candidacy – he will try to be re-elected as a state deputy. However, in the second moment, this event came to be seen as the responsibility for his current mandate.

“I invite everyone to put forward my preliminary candidacy for re-election next Tuesday with the participation of our governor Claudio Castro. It will be at 19:00 at Ilha Clube (Avenida Presidente Kennedy, n. 854, Ano Bom) an invitation to the entire population of our state, ”the congressman posted on his page in facebook June 7, a week before the rally.

All advertising for the event, including banners on the stage where Marcelo Cabelleiro, Castro and other officials performed, photographs of the governor were posted.

The barber is now one of Castro’s closest deputies. This month alone, it was the fifth agenda they held together in Sul Fluminense, having previously visited cities such as Volta Redonda and Resende.

Castro steps up campaign trips

The use of helicopters by the governor, secretaries and other authorities is regulated by a 2013 decree. According to the rule, aircraft can only be used “on official business trips or for the safety of the authorities.” The Decree also specifies that in case of misuse of aircraft, the opening of an investigation is mandatory.

Since taking office as interim governor at the end of August 2020, Castro has made 270 flights in government aircraft. On many occasions he used the plane for short trips within the city of Rio or to neighboring municipalities that could be made by car.

Travel has increased this year as the governor has stepped up his presence in rural areas as a campaign strategy. In the first quarter of this year, Castro flew 96 helicopter flights, more than double the 46 he made in the same period in 2021.

The number of takeoffs by the governor also contrasts with other uses of the state’s aircraft. The organ transplant program, for example, has made 158 flights since August 2020, including trips to transport organs, specialists to collect, and other related commitments.

In September 2021, former governor Sergio Cabral and former first lady Adriana Anselmo were sentenced to 11 years in prison for using Rio de Janeiro government helicopters for personal use. The verdict of Judge Andre Felipe Veras de Oliveira of the capital’s 32nd Criminal Court also ruled that the couple would reimburse the state treasury for almost 20 million reais.

Other side

In the memo, the state government defended the use of a helicopter for Castro’s trip to Barra Mansa:

“The use of the helicopter is in line with the safety recommendations and protocols of the heads of state. Governor Claudio Castro’s flights are determined by the government’s Office of Institutional Security (GSI) and consider the route, vehicles, security of the chief executive and third parties, in addition to the urgency of travel.

All flights on state government aircraft are for public service purposes as provided for in Executive Order 44.310. On June 14, the governor went to oversee the work of the Restaurante do Povo de Barra Mansa.

In 2021, the State Fleet registered 2,085 flight hours. Of this total, 31 hours were spent serving the Governor, representing only 1.5% of the total number of displaced persons. Everything else was for the civil and military police, for civil defense and fire protection, as well as for the health department, which, for example, distributed vaccines against Covid to the entire population.

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Just eight days before the election, tensions are rising between groups led by Serra Taglia mayor Marcia Conrado and former mayor Luciano Duque. Marcia made a moral commitment to ensure the victory of the PSB candidate Danilo Cabral in the Serra Tagliad and, therefore, to win a lot of votes for her ally, MP Fernando Monteiro.

In fact, the task is not an easy one. In the Instituto Imape/Farol poll, Cabral got 12.7% and Marilia Arraes, backed by Luciano Duque and Sebastian Oliveira, got 37.4%.

Among the issues with the denial is Danilo’s vote to impeach former President Dilma Rousseff. Many have not forgotten. Especially the historical members of the PT, who hold positions in the municipal government, but do not accompany the mayor in a “red-yellow” euphoria. Fernando Monteiro is another problem for Marcia, in the same poll he has half the intentions to vote the candidate Valdemar Oliveira, brother of MP Sebastian Oliveira (read here).

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Despite the “blows” from people associated with Marcia who took advantage of her government and now support “alien” candidates, Luciano Duque’s position seems more comfortable, but no less tense. The former mayor should have a “super vote” in Serra Talhada, but it is not yet known how the “infidels” associated with the mayor acted, who can, yes; “sabotages” part of the former mayor’s plans. Snooker is like this: what will the Marcia/Duke relationship be like after the election. Place your bets.

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Senate candidate Alvaro Diaz (Podemos) reiterated that professional work in the Senate is for experienced politicians, not for trainees. The senator’s remark was a response to União Brasil candidate Sergio Moro, who announced that he would create Lava Jato in the National Congress, without knowing, however, the real functions of the senator, i.e., not within the competence of the Senate. Alvaro made the announcement after being asked about voting against a project that would set rules for social media, the so-called “Fake News Law”.

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Fake News I
Alvaro Diaz said the bill, which makes it a crime to finance and spread fake news, was hastily sent by senators to the Chamber of Deputies. Diaz claimed to have voted against approval of the project in 2020, believing that the proposal required a deeper analysis of the topic with more elaborate proposals.

Fake news 2
The senator said the law was “a fine line between free speech and lying” and commented, “Obviously you cannot allow yourself to ridicule and attack people with impunity in the name of free speech. . We are victims, we are victims, of course, I want a good law.”

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After the transformation of the edge of the beaches of Cayoba and Matinos, the feeding service of the beaches of Parana is transferred to other resorts in the region. The Galileo Galilei dredge dumps thousands of cubic meters of sand every day onto the sandy strip of the Flamingo Resort, the first just after the Matinos River, next to the Fish Market, and is already changing the face of the region. The work was completed by 45%.

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spring
Spring started this Thursday, the 22nd, and will end on December 21st. According to Simepar, the forecast of dynamic and statistical climate models indicates an increase in the La Niña phenomenon with a probability of 80 to 90%, which will affect the climate in Paraná, similar to what was recorded in August and the first half of September. but shorter,” said Simepara meteorologist Reinaldo Knaib.

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The Municipality of Francisco Beltrao will open registration for the Simplified Selection Process (PSS) on Monday (26). There are 38 vacancies for the formation of a reserve register of temporary activities in various areas and functions. According to the prefecture, classification will be made on the basis of the education and professional qualifications of those enrolled. The notice is now available for review. The registration fee will be 20 reais for all positions and must be paid by bank deposit or Pix. Candidates who are in a situation of social vulnerability can apply free of charge by presenting the Unified Register form.

Cassation
The impeachment trial of former PT adviser Renato Freitas has reached the Federal Supreme Court (STF). Lawyers for Guilherme Gonçalves and António Carlos de Almeida Castro, Kakay, defending PT, filed a lawsuit to try to reverse the impeachment of Renato Freitas and make him eligible to run in this election, as the Paraná Regional Electoral Court (TRE-PR) rejected the PT candidate.

Recurso without TSE
State candidate Moasir Fadel (PSD) has announced that he is already filing an appeal with the Higher Electoral Court (TSE) to guarantee his candidacy in this year’s elections. The announcement came shortly after the decision of the District Electoral Court of Paraná (TRE-PR), which accepted the request to reject his candidacy on the grounds that he was ineligible. “We will calmly convey the appeal to Brasilia. My campaign remains calm and serene. We continue to believe in justice,” he said.

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Emancipation
The municipality of Kambara has completed 98 years of political and administrative emancipation. Deputy Luis Claudio Romanelli (PSD) and Mayor Neto Haggi (MDB) commemorate the date, remembering what made the city stand out. “Cambará is connected to the future and has investments in all sectors,” said the MP. “This is 98 years of history built by the first inhabitants of different nationalities. Kambara is a reference to Parana,” emphasizes Neto Haggi.

indecisiveness
A survey conducted by the Instituto Opinião shows that 83% of those polled said that the choice of a candidate for the Palacio do Planalto is final. In the presidential race, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (Portugal) appears with 45% against Jair Bolsonaro (PL)’s 33%. As for choosing a candidate for federal deputies, out of 2,000 people interviewed by the institute by phone, only 28% said they had chosen a candidate for the chamber of deputies in more than a month.

Write down
The survey was conducted from 18 to 20 September. 2,000 people over the age of 16 were interviewed by telephone in 114 municipalities across the country. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 2% with a reliability of the overall survey result of 95%. The poll is registered with the Higher Electoral Court under number BR-09430/2022.

IR return
The Federal Tax Service released this Friday advice on the fifth and final installment of this year’s income tax refund. The lot also includes residual refunds from previous years. On the 30th, the tax office will transfer 1.9 billion reais to 1,220,501 taxpayers. Of this amount, R$ 221,130,324.62 will be paid to taxpayers with legal priority. The rest of the lot will be allocated to 1,159,183 non-priority taxpayers who filed returns for previous years.

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The consultation can be done on the website of the Federal Tax Service. The taxpayer simply clicks on the “My Income Tax” box and then “Consult a Refund”. The consultation can also be carried out in the Meu Imposto de Renda application, available for smartphones on Android and iOS systems.

Accountability
The High Electoral Court (TSE) has identified suspicious transfers worth 605 million reais after reviewing partial campaign accountability submitted by candidates between 9 and 13 September. A total of 59,072 cases of potentially illegal donations or spending were identified, the Electoral Justice said. Now the Ministry of Elections (MPE) must investigate these suspicious cases. A new round of data intersection will take place after the final submission of first round reports, which must be submitted by all applicants by November 2nd.

The column was published simultaneously in 20 newspapers and related portals. Find out more at www.adipr.com.br.

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