Rafael Ramírez = nepotist … y pichirre (Updated)

The story of the tragic shooting of Francisco Javier Ramírez, nephew of PDVSA President Rafael Ramírez, is noteworthy on several fronts.

For example, I was not aware that Mr. Ramírez, a young father, was killed inside an Anzoátegui public transportation unit for refusing to give up his backpack. It speaks well of the young man who, in spite of his hefty political connections, was using a bus just like any regular Venezuelan, and getting mugged and killed in the process … just like any regular Venezuelan.

Another noteworthy fact is that his murderer was immediately apprehended by the Fiscalía, contrary to what happens with 99.9% of the dozens of other murders that happen in Venezuela every day.

But get this … Ramírez worked in the dining halls of PDVSA Agrícola. Huh?

Then I understand. The young man’s father was the son of the President of PDVSA Agrícola.

So Rafael Ramírez named his brother to head one of PDVSA’s units, and he put his son to work … in the dining halls?

It says a lot about Venezuela’s crime situation when this is the thing I find most shocking about this affair.

UPDATE: Apparently, the head of PDVSA Agrícola may not be Ramírez’s brother, but a cousin. (HT: A reader)

41 thoughts on “Rafael Ramírez = nepotist … y pichirre (Updated)

  1. You lost me here, Juan. Are you upset that the victim should have had a more plush assignment? That is, if you are going to be nepotistic, you might as well go all the way? Hmmm…..


    • Actually, the most shocking thing about the whole thing is that the guy names his BROTHER to head the PDVSA division, and nobody says anything (aside from myself).


      • Juan, I have to say this. I had the opportunity of working with Mr Eglis Ramírez way before his brother was the head of PDVSA or the ministry. He was a professional in Palmaven in at a high managerial position, knows his trade and is also a very humble, down to earth person. I would say there is a huge difference between him and his brother, but of course, I don’t know the whole story. Maybe, this is not a nepotism case. Maybe….

        This is not Caldera naming his son, or Chavez naming his brothers or the same Ramírez naming SOMEBODY CLOSER TO HIM to a position (to many positions, in fact) that does not uses public transportation…

        I don’t have personal contact with Mr Eglis Ramírez, but from what I knew, I would say to you, please leave him alone with his pain and focus on someone else. There is much more meat in another place.


      • Dear Juan,
        Under ordinary circumstances, I would agree that nepotism in a state-owned organization demands a ‘lupa’. However, this young man was killed and his family, as well as extended family are no doubt in pain. Meaning, I don’t think it’s the time to focus on nepotism. Me parece feo.


  2. Yes, it is shocking.Usually in Venezuela it is all about personal connections.I would say it is shockingly refreshing.It is so shocking that one even wonders if there was another reason behind it ,other than character building.


  3. But is it at all possible that
    Sr. Francisco José Ramírez Corrales (26) was an
    HONOURABLE young family man who firmly
    believed in earning an honest wage?
    My heartfelt condolences to his loved ones,
    He, at least, stood up to the hampa.
    That’s a helluva lot more than I can for
    myself, the many times that I was mugged.


  4. Come mothers and fathers
    Throughout the land
    And don’t criticize
    What you can’t understand
    Your sons and your daughters
    Are beyond your command
    Your old road is
    Rapidly agin’
    Please get out of the new one
    If you can’t lend your hand
    For the times they are a-changin’.


  5. The link you posted, JC, contains two different versions of the story. In one version he resists the taking of his bookbag, in the other he gets shot even though he gave it up.

    Why I bring it up is that if the second version is true, that he gets shot despite surrendering his possessions, it just makes a bad matter worse.

    How the son of the boss ends up in the cantina could be an honest attempt to simply give the kid a job, but in today’s Venezuela, anything that smacks of nepotism precludes that.

    Maybe his dad looked at Chavez and thought if he started in a cantina………..


  6. Juan, i defend your right to discuss this. (as other readers critiqued) It is very remarkable that a “connected” was using public transportation rather being given a big camioneta. Or maybe he wasn’t that close to his uncle for any better/higher job
    Yet again, let me remind you that “the Ramirez” is a political divided family. Because while Rafael Ramirez is “what he is”. His brother, the respectable Eddy Ramirez belonged to “Gente Del Petroleo”
    Like the Ramirez, we can mention, Joselo and Tio Simon.
    And Hemanos primera, Servando y Florentina; and Sandino.
    Where, one was successful and the other was “resentido”, and then came Chavez.


    • Yes, for those of you on CC who have never been in a similar situation, and I imagine that is the minority on this blog, give them your stuff. Its just stuff. That way you can continue to comment on CC. Not to blame this kid- we don’t know what happened.


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