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The front-runner for Mexico's presidency, Institutional Revolutionary Party candidate Enrique Peña Nieto, shot a TV ad about migration at the border in Playas de Tijuana on Wednesday, Tijuana area media reported. He also posed for pictures with area residents; the photographer for those wound up being Tijuana police chief Alberto Capella Ibarra, Frontera reported. (TV image, with Peña Nieto in center and border fence on right, taken from Noticiero 33)
Many of those who wanted to pose with Peña Nieto were women.
The paper also reported that Peña Nieto's security team refers to him as "President." Story, Frontera (PDF). Front-page picture, Frontera (PDF).
Parts of the ad also were shot in Tijuana's Colonia Libertad, once a popular spot for those seeking to cross into the United States before construction of the border fence. Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.
The ad will not run until March 30 at the earliest under Mexico's electoral rules.
Frontera said he spoke to the media for about 12 minutes, at one point saying how imporant it was to coordinate with the U.S. to curtail arms trafficking and money laundering.
He also said it was suspicious that cases are being opened against prominent PRIistas so close to the election. The government is investigating corruption cases involving three former Tamaulipas governors.
El Informador reported that Peña Nieto had intended to shoot the ad on Tuesday afternoon after spending much of the day in Mexicali but that rain prevented that. So he met up with Tijuana Mayor Carlos Bustamante and other officials who already were meeting in a Tijuana restaurant, spent the night in Tijuana and shot the ad on Wednesday.