I saw that today and saw the same thing; note that the photo comes from the president’s office and El Tiempo decided to run it. God forbid there were a stringer there or another photographer.
Similar anecdote, Robert Young Pelton on his travels to Colombia noticed that the military does the same thing. When they destroy a lab, they have one soldier stand in a dangerously stupid spot and look around. He is not doing anything except putting his life in risk. And for what? It’s photographic composition; he’s in the foreground, balances against the background and you can put him on the lines of the golden ratio, and boom: nice photo of a soldier next to a burning coke lab.
It’s the same here, the presidential photographer used some basic composition to portray a not-so-subtle message. And El Tiempo thinks that message is just great.