President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) again attacked Petrobras in a speech at the National Soy Fair, in Santa Rosa, in the North Region of RS. After speaking to the public about the company’s responsibility for the rise in diesel and other fuel prices, he posed for photos next to a harvester and greeted supporters.
“This week you are getting to know a little more about Petrobras here in Brazil. We have niches, we still have strongholds in our government spread throughout Brazil that have not understood that we are all in the same boat. plus the fuel readjustment in a company that earns tens of billions of reais a year at the expense of our Brazilian people”, he said.
The Union holds the majority of Petrobras’ common shares, with 50.3% of the total. The state-owned company adopts a pricing policy for its refineries that is guided by fluctuations in the price of a barrel of oil on the international market and by the exchange rate.
In recent months, the international price of oil has risen, especially due to tensions caused by the war between Ukraine and Russia, the latter one of the world’s largest oil producers.
It was precisely the conflict that motivated Bolsonaro to repeat the accusations against Petrobras. On the way from the stage to the booth sector, in response to the RBS TVwho accompanied the presidential entourage, the president repeated to journalists criticisms that he had already quoted in a live broadcast on social networks in the middle of the week.
“You must know what I said on the live, right? I had a feeling that there would be a new price adjustment. This is unjustifiable by Petrobras’ numbers. Petrobras is not in a position to be independent from Brazil”, he criticized.
Bolsonaro visits the National Soy Fair in Santa Rosa
‘It doesn’t justify’, says Bolsonaro about state-owned company’s profit
Bolsonaro said that other oil companies in the world have lowered their profit margin to face the crisis with the war in Ukraine, and says he hopes the Brazilian state-owned company will follow suit.
“Petrobras is different. Petrobras has a 100% higher profit than the next big oil company in the world. It doesn’t justify that. There is no interference, they have their own legislation”, he pointed out.
On Thursday (5), the company reported that it recorded net income of R$ 44.561 billion in the first quarter. The result was 3,718.4% higher than in the same period last year.
On the same day, Bolsonaro said that the profits recorded recently by the company are “a rape”, benefit foreigners and who pays the bill is the Brazilian population. The reference, repeated this Saturday, alludes to state-owned investors.
“I want to reveal to you, in the next few days, who are Petrobras’ shareholders: pension funds. Nothing against it. We are funding pensions for people from outside Brazil, and rich pensions”, he told the press.
President Jair Bolsonaro visited Fenasoja, in Santa Rosa, this Saturday (7) — Photo: Reproduction/RBS TV
Bolsonaro arrived in the city around 11 am. At noon, the president participated in a motorcycle ride with supporters before fulfilling his agenda at Fenasoja.
The agenda calls for the president to sanction a law that gives the city the title of National Cradle of Soybeans, meet with mayors of the region and visit stands at the fair.
In addition, he received, from the artist Arsênio John, from São Martinho, a statue in cement and iron. It will be on display at the Alfredo Leandro Carlson Exhibition Park. Added together, the figures of the president and a horse weigh 300 kg. Another copy must be built to give Bolsonaro as a gift.
The 23rd edition of the event ends this Sunday (8).
Statue is created in honor of Bolsonaro in RS – Photo: Reproduction/RBS TV
Remember other passages
On a trip to Rio Grande do Sul, exactly a month ago, Bolsonaro participated in a ceremony in Pelotas, in the south, for the inauguration of the duplication of BR-116 and BR-392.
Started almost 10 years ago, the work should have been delivered seven years ago. According to the federal government, the investment was R$ 690 million.
Twenty days later, part of the viaduct’s containment barrier collapsed with the heavy rains that hit the region.
Jair Bolsonaro at an event in Pelotas — Photo: Reproduction / RBS TV
Afterwards, the president visited the works of the radiotherapy unit at the Santa Casa de Caridade de Bagé. The area was a necessity 20 years ago in the place, as explained by the Santa Casa provider, Carlos Eduardo Oliveira dos Santos.
In the afternoon, he went to Passo Fundo, in the north of RS, and participated in the delivery event for the expansion of Lauro Kortz Airport.
Since assuming the presidency, Jair Bolsonaro has come to Rio Grande do Sul eight times, including this Friday’s visit. The president’s most recent appointment in the state had been in September 2021, when he visited Expointer, in Esteio, in the Porto Alegre Metropolitan Region.
Before that, Bolsonaro had visited RS in July 2021, when he stayed two days in Serra and Porto Alegre. During the visit, the president attended the 1st Brazilian Graphene Fair, at the University of Caxias do Sul (UCS), and had dinner with wine producers in Bento Gonçalves. In Capital, he participated in a “motorcycle” and had dinner with businessmen.
President was presented with a helmet made of graphene during the 1st Brazilian Graphene Fair, at the University of Caxias do Sul (UCS), in 2021 — Photo: Cristine Gallisa / RBS TV
He was also at the inauguration of the main axis of the new Ponte do Guaíba, on BR-290, in Porto Alegre, and on the release of 27 kilometers of duplication of BR-116 in Barra do Ribeiro, in December 2020.
In April 2020, he participated in the inauguration of General Valério Stumpf at the Southern Military Command, in the Capital.
In December 2019, Bolsonaro participated in the 55th Mercosur Summit, also in Serra, with the participation of other South American presidents.