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by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, April 06, 2001
by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, July 20, 2002
Since December 2000, when the new government headed by Vicente Fox Quezada representing the Partido Acción Nacional (PAN) achieved power, new governmental institutions, bodies, departments and services as part of the policy of "El Cambio" (The Change), saw the light; such as the Secretaría de Economía (Secretariat of Economy) that appeared instead of the Secretaría Comercio y Fomento Industrial (Secretariat of Commerce and Industry Development).
In this way, the former logos/emblems of the past administrations changed also, and the "Águila mocha" began to be used.
The "Águila mocha" (incompleted eagle) is an eagle and snake depiction following the pattern of the National Seal, cutted by two weavy lines in green and red after the National Flag. The whole logo/emblem is completed with the body's name is black capital letters, followed by a vertical black line, then the body's official initials in gray.
Because of the design patter used to draw this logo was that of the National Seal, congressists, governors and people of the present-day opposition parties protested against it, since they considered the "Águila mocha" (as they baptized) was a jeer and lack of respect to the history, traditions and culture of Mexico; in addition, congressits said the weavy lines represent either a "S" as in "Sahagún" (last name of Martha Sahagún, at the time speaker of the Presidence of the Republic, and now (2002), country's First Lady) or a "F" as in "FoX" (President's last name). The problem increases when the the Federal offices ordered the "Águila mocha" would replace the National Seal in all official documents.
In turn, the Presidence of the Republic stated that the logo does not make offense to the Mexican traditions and history, and it was chosen in order to unify the official documentation.
On November/December 2001 it was discussed about the matter, and was agreed that the the "Águila mocha" is able to be used as soon as the whole National Seal be added to the right of the body's initials, at least in official documentation. It seems this order is not fullfiled enough or it is misunderstood, since either lot of departments do not add the Seal at all or have dropped out the "Águila mocha" from their logos, such as the Secretaría de Gobernación (Secretariat of the Interior).
Any way, the emblem/logo with no Seal is used be employed on white flags proportioned 4:7.Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, July 20, 2002.