Gustavo Petro's trill triggered a difficult meeting between the presidential candidate presidency and General Eduardo Enrique Zapateiro (commander of the Army) via social media. petro gustavo Petro declared in his message that "some general" officers were employed by the Clan. "While the soldiers die at the hands of the Gulf Clan; some of the generals on the payroll of the Clan are also dead," Gustavo Petro stated. The fact that they ascend toward the generals is the thing that corrupts the leadership" Gustavo Petro stated on social media.

General Zapateiro's response

The Army commander responded to this message and in six rounds questioned the presidential candidate.

General Zapateiro said that "no person is more hurt than those who don camouflage, and their families and their homelands However, their greatest sacrifice to the country should never be used in political storylines for campaigns."

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A second message was also sent by the top officer who spoke about the recent deaths of soldiers. "Since 2021, more than 500 soldiers have been killed and injured during the fulfillment of the mission. Their sacrifice was not recognized, and there were no declarations. It is curious that now the deaths of the heroes of the homeland causes affliction and can be used as a sign for other reasons."

The commander of the army asked Gustavo Petro that if he has information on the links of generals to groups not under the law, he should make a complaint to the authorities.

"Senator. Please don't use your investiture (parliamentary unalterability) to claim that you're politicizing the death of our soldiers, but instead, fulfill your civic duty of submitting a valid claim to the

@FiscaliaCol, of the facts you mention, whoever it is"" the general you mentioned.

In a second soundbite: "I remind you that as a senator you're part of a group which you can call out as 'drug-trafficking politicians'. I would suggest that citizens do not make generalizations. Respect is the first thing and the most important"

One of the most controversial statements by the top official is that they claimed that Colombians have seen the current presidential candidate receiving money "in the trash bag". "I have not witnessed anyone receiving money from untrusted funds on TV." General Zapateiro claimed that Colombians have witnessed him receiving money in a trash bag.

And in a final message the official said "to the most enduring institution in the country, whose members, men and women, unconditionally and without hesitation, have defended democracy of our nation for over 200 years, sometimes even risking their own lives to defend it, I request respect."