During his father's dictatorship, which lasted from 1965 to 1977, Juan Salva was installed as Governor of Ortega. This happened as part of his father's policy of removing democratically elected regional governors and putting his own allies in power in order to crush any rebellion against the Salva regime and give the dictatorship a stronger control over the country.
After the fall of his father's regime in 1977, Salva fled to Chile, where he lived for seven years, before moving to France under a false name, Alberto Armando. In 1981, Salva was tracked down by a joint operation of French and Prasian police, arrested and later deported to Prasia. He was sentenced to spend the rest of his life under house arrest and died in 1991.