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Representatives of the New Progressive Party (PNP) praised and criticized yesterday the performance and permanence of Wanda Vázquez as governor, although they made a call to maintain communication with the Legislature at the time of making decisions and executing the government plan that drove the community.
In turn, legislators distanced themselves from the controversy that began after the interim president of the PNP, Thomas Rivera Schatz, claimed that 95% of the leadership of the community closed ranks so that resident commissioner Jenniffer González would aspire to the post of secretary of State with a view to later occupying the governorate.
The vice president of the Chamber, José “Pichy” Torres Zamora, was satisfied with the execution of Vázquez as governor, who did not rule out declaring a state of emergency due to the rise in cases of gender-based violence and ordered the cancellation of a hazy contract in the Electric Power Authority (PREPA).
“I respect the succession order given by the Constitution of Puerto Rico and the fact that Wanda Vázquez is governor of Puerto Rico. So if the Constitution was good for a controversy to arise in the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico and it was basically dictated that (Pedro) Pierluisi had no membership, he also has to (the Constitution) be good for Wanda to remain in the governorate ” I said
The legislator applauded that Vázquez is listening to the people. “The times deserve to listen to the people and all sectors, but obviously maintaining control of the government and the government plan of the PNP,” he said.
Also, Torres Zamora said that in December of this year – when the term for filing candidacies for the 2020 elections expires – Gonzalez can submit his as governor. “I respect and understand that many colleagues would like it to be Jenniffer, she has the carats and the temper, but I respect the Constitution and the sworn governor is Wanda Vázquez. She must complete the four year period, ”he said.
Meanwhile, the spokesman for the PNP delegation in the House, Gabriel Rodríguez Aguiló, said that there should be a dialogue between Vázquez and the Legislative, although he did not make clear if that communication is taking place.
“The important thing is that she (Vázquez) works as a team and in coordination with the resident commissioner in the face of what we will be facing in Puerto Rico,” he said. Rodríguez Aguiló was one of the representatives who did not attend the meeting last Thursday that Rivera Schatz convened to propose González for the chair of the governor.
While the representative of the neo-progressive José Enrique “Quiquito” Meléndez said that there is no effective communication between the governor and the Legislature, while questioning that Vázquez now says as the first executive who will evaluate to declare a state of emergency for cases of gender violence .
La representante María “Tata” Milagros Charbonier también vio con buenos ojos el desempeño de Vázquez y apoyó su permanencia en la gobernación hasta las elecciones de 2020. “Esta situación de la revaluación de contratos que estaban en proceso me ha caído bien. Creo que va por el camino correcto si sigue así”, opinó.
Legislative minorities, on the other hand, see Vázquez’s permanence as a suspended governor. “I suspect that they will maintain a front against the governor, but I also do not rule out that they try overlapping strategies of discredit and of raising the areas of legitimate questioning again,” said the popular representative Luis Vega Ramos.
The independence representative Denis Márquez established that it remains to be seen if Vázquez ends the four-year term. “There is a kind of legislative lethargy in the House and I don’t know if they are still trying internal therapy to recover from the stress they suffered in July,” he said.
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