Chetumal, Q.R. — Several names have been removed from the state capital’s obelisk earlier this week in a move that surprised many.
Two of the removed names included former state governors Félix González Canto and Roberto Borge Angulo, who have both faced scandals for defrauding the public treasury. The withdrawal of names was requested by the city’s chronicler, Fabian Herrera Manzanilla, who urged State Congress to eliminate some names since the obelisk is reserved for those who have benefited the country.
Along with Félix González Canto and Roberto Borge Angulo, other removed names include Jesús Martínez Ross, Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, Miguel Borge Martín, Mario E. Villanueva Madrid and Joaquín E. Hendricks Díaz.
The Flag Monument consists of the grand obelisk with the lower half displaying a pair of golden eagles holding a sculpture reminiscent of the country’s defense. The Obelisk was inaugurated in 1943. On three of its sides are the names of men that stood out through three different historical eras: Independence, Reform, and the Mexican Social Revolution.