Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto may have recaptured drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, but this week he got a reminder there’s still plenty of work ahead to change the country’s perception of his scandal-plagued government.
Mexicans took to social media reveling after someone noticed a Google Maps search of a $7 million dollar mansion that belongs to Mexico’s first lady had been tagged as the “Museum of Corruption.”
The mansion, known among Mexicans as La Casa Blanca, or The White House, was at the center of a conflict-of-interest scandal that blew up in 2014 after a journalistic investigation revealed First Lady Angelica Rivera had bought the house from a prominent government contractor.
Facing widespread criticism, Peña Nieto ordered an investigation into himself, his wife, and his finance minister, who it turned out had also bought a house from the same government contractor. The government-led probe eventually cleared the three of any wrongdoing.
It’s unclear who tagged the property. Google Maps appears to have fixed the bug and the name has been erased.
On social media, Mexicans celebrated what they saw as poetic justice, courtesy of the internet.
“When you search for the museum of corruption in Mexico and Google Maps sends you to the president’s house.”
“I propose this photo for the lobby at the museum of corruption.” (The image shows President Enrique Peña Nieto, the former head of Mexico’s ruling party who was recently arrested in Spain on money laundering charges, and a corrupt syndicate leader).
“The museum of corruption will be closed due to fraud and illicit enrichment.”