President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) said that he had the help of “daddy from heaven” so that the lawsuit unifying the ICMS on diesel oil was judged by Minister André Mendonça, appointed by him to the Federal Supreme Court. “We filed a lawsuit in the Federal Supreme Court and there I have two ministers appointed by me. This morning we filed the lawsuit, it fell with Minister André Mendonça and, with total exemption, he granted the injunction”, he said, boasting of the ” victory”, during a visit to Campos do Jordão, last Friday (13).
Mendonça suspended, also this Friday, state policies on ICMS levied on diesel oil. The new rules had been defined by the National Council for Finance Policy in March and would take effect from July 1st. As the measure is precautionary, it still needs to be confirmed by the STF. “I hope the Supreme Court ratifies this, good news because the federal government has done its part,” Bolsonaro said. He said he received a call from Minister Bruno Blanco, from the General Attorney’s Office (AGU), informing him of the result. The preliminary injunction had been filed on Thursday night (12).
The President of the Republic participated in the 56th National Retail Trade Convention, which brought together businessmen from all over Brazil and market experts to discuss the main trends in the sector. In front of a full auditorium – the hall has 1,350 seats – Bolsonaro again criticized the mayors and governors who adopted restrictive measures during the pandemic, saying that they harmed trade. “You shopkeepers suffered hard in these measures.”
Once again he returned to attack the Supreme Court, with which he has been having a series of clashes. For him, inflation and current economic difficulties are a result of the permission given by the STF for governors and mayors to adopt the lockdown. “In the pandemic, I was the only head of state in the world to say that the economy could not stop. Unfortunately, it was my responsibility, but our Federal Supreme Court understood it differently and each governor, each mayor applied their measures.”
He repeated that the emergency aid prevented people from going hungry. “The whole press crucified me, but the restrictive measures greatly damaged the economy, did not save lives and also dealt a heavy blow to education around the world,” he added.
Bolsonaro again attacked Petrobras, which he called “greedy”. “We cannot have a company that has a profit above 30%, while other oil companies have a profit of 15%. Petrobras cannot be indifferent to everything. I appealed, don’t increase fuel prices anymore. I even said a bad word in my live, but we were not successful. Petrobras has to understand that if Brazil goes bankrupt, it also goes bankrupt.”
A pre-candidate for re-election, the president has traveled around the country to participate in events of different hues. On Thursday, at the 10th Feibanana, in Pariquera-Açu, in the Ribeira Valley, he had already complained about high fuel prices. He did the same when he participated in an agricultural fair, on the 11th, in Maringá, Paraná.
In Campos do Jordão, supporters and onlookers gathered in the Abernéssia region, where the helicopter landed, to see the president’s passage. Bolsonaro arrived accompanied by former minister Tarcísio de Freitas, from the Republicans, a pre-candidate for the government of São Paulo, and federal deputy Carla Zambelli. Also at the table were the Chief Minister of the General Secretariat of the Presidency, General Luis Eduardo Ramos, and the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Paulo Alvim.
After the event, Bolsonaro did not speak to the press and, according to his press office, went to Brasília.