“Note” passed during handshake
JM reports online that the President of the Regional Government, Miguel Albuquerque, was approached by journalists today in relation to a video that has been widely circulated in groups on various social networks. Internet users focus on the fact that, in the images, a member of the public passes something to the Chief Executive through a handshake.
Miguel Albuquerque explained “he was giving me a note about a problem he had, which I was supposed to solve later. I have no problem, there is no secret,” he replied, on the sidelines of a visit this Wednesday to a new business in Machico.
“I had his phone number so I could resolve the problem. But I’ve always done this, all my life, there’s nothing new. It is called democracy and the ability of citizens to reach out to politicians, propose the problems they have to solve”, he added, ensuring that he has “nothing to hide” nor is he bothered despite all the “speculation” created.
The Diario has a little more information, again describing that a video has gone viral in which Miguel Albuquerque is seen receiving ‘something’ from a member of the public during a handshake.
The moment, captured and broadcast by RTP Madeira last Sunday, took place during the inauguration of the canalization works for the Trapiche and Casa Branca streams, in Santo António, in the city of Funchal. The journalistic piece caught the attention of internet users who promptly highlighted the eight seconds of the handshake.
But after all, what was sneakily delivered to the head of the Madeiran executive? Miguel Albuquerque responds: “He was giving me a note about a problem he had that I was supposed to solve later, there is no problem, there is no secret.”
Miguel Albuquerque clarifies that he has “nothing to hide” and praises the closeness between the population and politicians: “I think it is important for citizens to reach out to politicians, to expose their problems to resolve them.”
The Diario knows that the popular person who led the viral handshake represents the construction company Level Indomável, Engenharia e Construções, Lda., a company based in Santo António.
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