The president Jair Bolsonaro was ironic when commenting on the new readjustment in fuel prices, the fifth announced by the Petrobras since the beginning of the year. “Did you like the new increase in gasoline tomorrow?” Asked the supporters, arriving at the Palácio da Alvorada on Monday night, 1st.
Without mentioning the name of the Petrobras, Roberto Castello Branco, Bolsonaro, who announced the executive’s resignation through social media on the 19th, said that the new candidate for the post, General Joaquim Silva and Luna, will not interfere in the company’s pricing policy. The mandate of Branco Castle ends on March 20.
“He [Castello Branco] only leaves after the 20th, does not mean that the other [Silva e Luna] will interfere. To prevent people from the market from talking a lot of nonsense, or rather, people speculating in the market, “he said, expressing dismay at the reaction of investors to the exit of Branco Castle, behavior that led to a sharp drop in the company’s shares.
Bolsonaro also said that several fronts could have been sought to reduce the price of fuels, but Castello Branco did not act in any of them. He also defended new refineries in the country – without making it clear whether they would be built by Petrobras, which, due to its dominant position in the market, assumed a commitment to sell its assets in this area to the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (Cade), or if that would be up to other companies in the private sector.
“But there is a way to attack other areas, fraud, baptism, abusive price to lower the price, because in the two years that he was there, none of this was taken into account. Looking for ways to have more refineries in Brazil, I know it takes time, but there are to start, “he said.
To one of your supporters, Bolsonaro he acknowledged that there was little chance that the bill would expand the exclusion of illegality to police officers and reduce the penalty for agents who kill citizens while on duty.
“With this parliament of ours, I find it difficult to pass. In the Senate, I find it difficult,” he said. According to the president, this is the reason why, in just over two years in office, he authorized few Law and Order Guarantee (GLO) operations – when military personnel are sent to ensure security.
“You see, GLO, in almost two years, we hardly had it. I held on, because troops are sent to the street, then there is a clash, a clash, a bum dies, and because he died with more than two shots, you accuse the side of here for execution “, he said.
At a request made by a police officer to exempt the category from the payment of income tax, Bolsonaro said that the Fiscal Responsibility Law (LRF) requires that the waiver be offset by an increase in another tax. “I don’t want to promise anything, when exempting someone has to find another source of funding, that is in the LRF,” he said.
As an example, he cited the decree that will exempt federal taxes for diesel and cooking gas for two months. “I’m going to have to get it from somewhere, if I’m going to get IR off the cop [militar], let’s suppose, I’m going to have to remove the Armed Forces from the civil police. It gives an amount that we will have to raise tax elsewhere. That says the LRF, and I doubt anyone will be able to change it, except in a tax reform that is about to happen “, he affirmed.
Bolsonaro also affirmed that it failed to fulfill the campaign promise to update the table of the Individual Income Tax (IRPF) due to the pandemic. “I was going to change the IR table, but the pandemic made me owe 700 billion reais,” he said. “[É como] Promise your son a bike for Christmas, but someone got sick, spent a lot on a doctor and doesn’t have it, that’s all. This problem that I faced during the pandemic. “
The president also said that the closing of trade and services in states and municipalities to contain the circulation of covid-19 it would be even worse with Fernando Haddad, who disputed the election in 2018 by the PT. “Now, if I had Haddad in my place, this lockdown in Brazil would be a joke. You can’t imagine what could be happening.”
Bolsonaro returned to defend the project of transforming the Bay of Angra dos Reis into a Brazilian “Cancun”.