La Jornada newspaper
Monday, September 6, 2021, p. 28

Santiago. The Constitutional Convention that draws up a new Magna Carta in Chile announced yesterday that it accepted the resignation of Rodrigo Rojas –one of the vice-presidents of the body–, who is one of the 155 elected in May for that mission, after the scandal that emerged for pretending that had cancer.

The news that Rojas did not suffer from this disease, acknowledged by him on his social networks on Saturday, moments before the publication of a journalistic investigation, impacted the country and the body in charge of preparing a new constitutional text, which has been in existence for two months. task.

We deeply regret what happened with the conventional Rodrigo Rojas Vade and we empathize (we identify with) the pain that this situation causes, the Constitutional Convention said in a statement, when accepting the resignation of Rojas as one of the seven vice presidents of the body.

The institution emphasized its unrestricted commitment to transparency and probity in the exercise of the positions, he continued.

Rojas became one of the most emblematic faces of the social protests that followed the October 2019 outbreak, carrying signs that read: I don’t fight cancer, I fight to pay for chemo, which made him a symbol of the heavy indebtedness suffered by patients with this disease in the Chilean health system.

He abandoned the fight for a better health system for all, one of the most repeated slogans of the social revolt, and based his campaign on his supposed illness and his own indebtedness because of it to be elected as one of the 155 constituents in the May elections.

It is not known if Rojas will continue in his position as constituent, but it is something that could be defined next week, since the body – which is currently working on the drafting of its regulations – only considers abandonment in case of serious illness.

Rojas was chosen by the People’s List, a new social conglomerate that brought together independent people without political experience who actively participated in demonstrations and political demands and which has suffered major setbacks in recent weeks, when presenting a failed candidate for president. Diego Ancalao was rejected by the Electoral Service after denouncing that false signatures were presented before a deceased notary to endorse his candidacy.

The development of a new Constitution, which if approved would leave behind the one inherited from the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship (1973-1990), is one of the main achievements of the social revolt of October 2019.