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Columnist Ciro Gómez Leyva, writing in Milenio, says Institutional Revolutionary Party presidential candidate Enrique Peña Nieto's admission that he fathered two children out of wedlock could create a multitude of problems for the front-runner in the July 1 election.
Gómez Leyva's column.
Peña Nieto admitted to journalist Katia D'Artigues that he had strayed during his first marriage and fathered two children, one of whom died of an apparent brain tumor around age one. His first marriage ended when his wife Mónica Pretelini died of an apparent seizure in 2007. There were conflicting reports about how many mothers there were; the original Katia D'Artigues interview said there were two, but other stories have indicated that Maritza Díaz was the mother of two of Peña Nieto's children. Gómez Leyva said Maritza Díaz has accused Peña Nieto of virtually abandoning his 7-year-old child. Gómez Leyva said a book about a second mother is rumored to be in the works, and speculates that this is what prompted Peña Nieto to come forward.
Peña Nieto, who had three children with Mónica Pretelini, is now married to TV soap opera star Angélica Rivera.
Víctor Hugo Martínez Meza column.
D'Artigues, in her column, says other candidates have admitted fathering children out of wedlock, including the National Action Party's Diego Fernández de Cevallos (who lost to the PRI's Ernesto Zedillo in 1994) and the PRI's Francisco Labastida, who lost to the PAN's Vicente Fox in 2000. PAN presidential hopeful Santiago Creel, who is to be in Tijuana on Saturday, Jan. 28, also has admitted fathering a child out of wedlock.