Mexican president delivers gov't report, highlighting anti-crime battle (2)

21:33, September 03, 2010      

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Mexican President Felipe Calderon delivers his 4th annual speech to the nation at the National Palace in Mexico City, capital of Mexico, September 2, 2010. (Xinhua/Jorge Dan)

"We are facing the most unscrupulous criminals who have enormous resources no longer just from trafficking drugs, but also seeking criminal and legal income in the communities they seek to subject," Calderon said.

The president said gangsters are turning to fiercer violence because the stable trade of smuggling drugs into the United States has been weaiened by the government's crackdown.

Last week, Mexican authorities found the bodies of 72 murdered migrants who had been held for ransom in the northern state of Tamaulipas.

During the nationally televised address, Calderon also stressed that his government has done much in expanding social security and healthcare coverages.

During past 12 months, the government has raised its social coverage to include every person suffering extreme poverty in the country, he said.

"During 2010 the number of households covered by the Opportunities program rose from five million to 6.5 million," he said.

"It now covers more than all the Mexicans living in extreme poverty," he added.

The president also underlined a four-year-long campaign to boost healthcare coverage, including programs that offer medical insurance to the families of all children born in Mexico under his administration and to all pregnant women.

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