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Friday, May 11, 2012


• Peña Nieto's actress wife, 41, says she would like to have his child
• Vázquez Mota's daughter campaigns in Tijuana
• Economist says remittances are the greatest on Mother's Day; remittances are up 5.3% so far this year

• Angélica Rivera, the soap opera star married to angelica riveraInstitutional Revolutionary Party presidential candidate Enrique Peña Nieto, said on Mothers Day Thursday that she would like to have his child. Rivera, 41, has three children from her first marriage. Peña Nieto has three children from his marriage to first wife, who died in 2007, and a son he had as a result of an affair that took place during his first marriage. More on Peña Nieto's marriages. Story on Rivera's Mother's Day statement in Frontera (PDF).
• María José Ocampo Vázquez, the daughter of National Action Party presidential candidate Josefina Vázquez Mota, accompanied PAN congressional candidate Alfa Peñaloza and PAN Senate candidate Ernesto Ruffo on Thursday in Tijuana. Story, Frontera (PDF). Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Peñaloza became the PAN candidate for District 6 after the male candidate dropped out so the PAN could meet its gender quotas.
• Economist Alejandro Díaz-Bautista of the Colegio de la Frontera Norte think tank said remittances on Mothers Day are the highest of any day of the year. He said remittances to Baja California rose 13.9% in 2011 over 2010 to $395.5 billion. Last year, in the first significant increase since 2006, remittances for the whole country rose 6.9% to $22.7 billion. The Bank of Mexico said March remittances were $2.81 billion, 16.4% above February's $1.8 billion; the nearly $5.4 billion in remittances for the first quarter were up 5.3% over the year before. Story, Frontera (PDF).

Update, May 12: Díaz-Bautista says 2012 is likely end of cheap gasoline for Mexico.