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The head of the General Services Administration (ASG), Miguel Angel Encarnación Correa, resigned yesterday from his post, less than a month after the Governor’s Office referred to the Justice Department’s investigation anonymous complaints about alleged acts of corruption.

The Secretary of the Interior, William Villafane, was the one who announced his resignation yesterday, which he attributed to personal reasons.

This is the eighth exit of a member of the government of Ricardo Rosselló, during his first 14 months in office.

Previously the administration has announced “resignation”, which in reality are removals of confidence by the governor, as happened in the case of the former Commissioner of the Police, Michelle Hernandez, who confessed the facts to the media.

The alleged resignation of Encarnación Correa comes after the Secretary of the Interior asked the Department of Justice and the Office of the Comptroller to evaluate if it merited an investigation.

The request arose, in turn, after the Senate’s president, Thomas Rivera Schatz, sent him a letter with anonymous allegations about Encarnación Correa, for “improper purchases” and “inappropriate use of government property.”

Encarnación Correa había negado las alegaciones en su contra, y había reiterado ánimo de colaborar con la investigación, y hasta dijo que él mismo referiría las denuncias en su contra al Negociado Federal de Investigaciones (FBI, por sus siglas en inglés).

Al mando de esa agencia, el administrador tenía la encomienda de desarrollar el Sistema Integrado de Compras del Gobierno (SICG) y adiestrar a los servidores públicos sobre “la transparencia y la sana administración”.

Al menos una de las denuncias que había trascendido públicamente se relacionaba a una compra de generadores para los unionados, que el administrador supuestamente pidió que los cheques se hicieran a su nombre.

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La primera baja que sufrió el gobierno de Ricardo Rosselló fue en noviembre, por parte del director del Negociado de Manejo de Emergencias y Administración de Desastres, Abner Gómez, quien tuvo diferencias con quien pasó a ser su jefe en el nuevo Departamento de Seguridad Pública: el secretario Héctor Pesquera. Las diferencias entre ambos funcionarios habían llegado a un nivel tal que -durante semanas en medio de la fase de la emergencia post huracán María- Gómez se reportó a trabajar a su oficina, en lugar de asistir al Centro de Convenciones de Puerto Rico, que funcionaba como un centro de operaciones de emergencia. El propio Pesquera le pidió tomar días de licencia de vacaciones, que Gómez negó haber tomado.

También en noviembre, se produjo la renuncia del exdirector de la Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica (AEE), Ricardo Ramos, quien se vio perjudicado en medio del escándalo suscitado por una contratación de hasta $300 millones a Whitefish Energy Holdings, así como por la demora en solicitar la llegada de las brigadas de apoyo mutuo. Rosselló calificó su permanencia como “insostenible”.

1-  Abner Gómez, director del Negociado de Manejo de Emergencias y Administración de Desastres

2- Michelle Hernández, comisionada del Negociado de la Policía

3- Ricardo Ramos, director de la Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica (AEE)

4- Héctor Torres Calderón, director del Negociado del Sistema 9-1-1

5- José Izquierdo, director de la Compañía de Turismo

6- Andrés Waldemar Volmar, secretario del Departamento de Recreación y Deportes

7- Rafael Ramos Sáenz, presidente de la Comisión Estatal de Elecciones

8- Miguel Ángel Encarnación Correa, administrador de Servicios Generales

1-  Abner Gómez, director del Negociado de Manejo de Emergencias y Administración de Desastres

2- Michelle Hernández, comisionada del Negociado de la Policía

3- Ricardo Ramos, director de la Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica (AEE)

4- Héctor Torres Calderón, director del Negociado del Sistema 9-1-1

5- José Izquierdo, director de la Compañía de Turismo

6- Andrés Waldemar Volmar, secretario del Departamento de Recreación y Deportes

7- Rafael Ramos Sáenz, presidente de la Comisión Estatal de Elecciones

8- Miguel Ángel Encarnación Correa, administrador de Servicios Generales

La otra baja durante este mismo mes provino por parte del exdirector del Negociado del Sistema 9-1-1, Héctor Torres Calderón, de quien luego se supo que estaba siendo investigado por la Oficina de Ética Gubernamental (OEG), además de otros señalamientos sobre conducta errática.

A la excomisionada de la Policía, Michelle Hernández, le pidieron la renuncia, cuando había una controversia por falta de pago de horas extras que tenía de brazos caídos a los miembros de la Uniformada. Hernández también tenía una relación tensa con Pesquera.

A petición del gobernador, la Junta de Directores de la Compañía de Turismo destituyó a su director ejecutivo, José Izquierdo, para enero. La Oficina de Prensa de La Fortaleza informó que el oficial había perdido la confianza del gobernador, horas después de que EL VOCERO le notificara que investigaba un caso de hostigamiento sexual y laboral y que la Mansión Ejecutiva había recibido información desde el verano anterior. Se había activado incluso un protocolo de acoso sexual -desde diciembre- tras recibir las confesiones de las alegadas víctimas de Turismo.

Another who left his post was the secretary of the Department of Recreation and Sports, Andrés Waldemar Volmar, alleging “personal reasons”. After his departure, he was criticized for his poor administrative management.

More recently the president of the State Elections Commission, Rafael Ramos Sáenz, resigned amid a scandal that is being investigated by Justice and the FBI, given that he could have violated electoral and criminal laws by participating in partisan political activities and consulting his determinations.

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The administrator of the General Services Administration, Miguel Encarnación Correa , submitted his resignation to the position.

The information was given today by the Secretary of the Interior, William VIllafane , through a press release.

According to Villafañe, the reason for the resignation of Encarnación Correa is due to “personal reasons”.

“We are grateful for the work of Miguel Ángel Encarnación Correa at the helm of the General Services Administration and we wish him to succeed in his future projects,” said the official.

Earlier this month, The Fortress had referred to the Department of Justice and the Office of the Comptroller, allegations of alleged acts of corruption against Encarnacion Correa , after employees of the agency wrote a letter to the president of the Senate, Thomas Rivera Schatz.

After these signals were passed, Iram Ramirez, the senior representative of the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), reported that he received approaches to make checks to name Encarnación Correa, when purchasing generators for union after Hurricane Maria .

Ramírez explained that, after the hurricane, they opted to buy generators from the unionados, and that some were posted at the government’s Emergency Operations Center on Isla Grande.

“When we passed the information, one of the things they told us was that the payment had to be made in the name of the administrator (of ASG),” said Ramírez, who gave El Nuevo Día a copy of the text message in which Virgen Reyes, the contact person to distribute the generators, says: “580 plants will be sent on the first ship. They are paid to Miguel Encarnación, in charge of ASG. It has the list and phone number of the employee who buys. ”

Reyes rejected the allegations and indicated that Encarnación Correa did not buy generators, but did meet with his partner, Hector Santos, to obtain the devices “at a price much lower than in the market.”

Meanwhile, Encarnacion Correa denied the allegations and assured that the Justice, the Comptroller and the FBI would refer.

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The Secretary of the Interior, William Villafane, informed the resignation of the administrator of the General Services Administration, Miguel Ángel Encarnación Correa, for personal reasons.

“We appreciate the work of Miguel Ángel Encarnación Correa in command of the General Services Administration and we wish him to succeed in his future projects,” the official concluded.

Governor Ricardo Rosselló had referred to the Department of Justice and the Comptroller’s Office allegations of alleged acts of corruption by Encarnación, because they were allegedly sold in ASG and the payment was made through checks in his name.

Encarnacion Correa had rejected these allegations.

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El gobernador Ricardo Rosselló dijo este miércoles que el secretario del Departamento de Seguridad Pública (DSP), Héctor Pesquera, goza de su confianza y estaba autorizado para dar directrices a la Uniformada desde el pasado 1 de mayo.

“El secretario Pesquera goza de mi confianza y sí tenía la autoridad. Él es el secretario. Yo soy el gobernador de Puerto Rico y soy el comandante en jefe de la Policía y le delegué a él la función de tomar las acciones que tenía que tomar. Así que el compañero (el asesor técnico de cumplimiento (TCA, por sus siglas en inglés) de la reforma de la Policía, Arnaldo) Claudio se equivoca”, expresó el gobernador en un aparte con la prensa en el Centro de Convenciones de Miramar donde participó de evento Expo Caribe 2018.

Sus expresiones se producen luego de que trascendieran dos informes de Claudio ante el Tribunal Federal en los que revela, entre otras cosas, que Pesquera pudo haber violado la ley orgánica de del DSPcuando dio instrucciones a oficiales de alto rango en la Policía el 1 de mayo, sin aun ser confirmado por el Senado y sin que el Departamento de Seguridad Pública (DSP) hubiese sido creado.

El 1 de mayo hubo un paro masivo en Hato Rey en el que se registraron confrontaciones entre los manifestantes y la Policía.

El informe de Claudio forma parte del expediente ante el juez Gustavo Gelpí en el caso federal sobre la reforma de la Policía. El documento sostiene que Pesquera junto al principal asesor legal del gobernador, Alfonso Orona, llegó hasta el Fusion Center, en el Cuartel General y dio instrucciones a un oficial de alto rango para sacar manifestantes del aeropuerto internacional Luis Muñoz Marín.

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President Donald Trump extended additional disaster funds for Puerto Rico for debris removal and other emergency assistance, the island’s government announced Friday.

“The recovery efforts on the island is ongoing. Extending the availability of these funds shows the confidence of the federal government on the recovery work that is being done by the Government of Puerto Rico,” Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said in a statement.

The White House said the federal Public Assistance program — which provided 100 percent cost sharing on the island after Hurricane Maria — had expired under the 180-day period from the date of the disaster declaration on Sept. 26, 2017.

The cost-sharing federal assistance was extended 90 more days for the debris removal program and 60 more days for the emergency protective measures, including life-threatening situations, public health or safety or further property damage.

Frequent expenses under the emergency protective measures include temporary emergency power supplies, water and food distribution, and first responders, according to the government of Puerto Rico.

The cost sharing funds are expected to save the island “millions of dollars,” Rosselló said.

Thousands of Puerto Ricans have fled to Central Florida after the hurricane that devastated the island on Sept. 20.

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NEW YORK, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Puerto Rico should “start from scratch” rebuilding its already outdated power infrastructure after deadly Hurricane Maria last year devastated it and left citizens without power, the U.S. central banker overseeing the island territory said on Thursday.

New York Fed President William Dudley did not comment on U.S. interest rates in a presentation of research on the effects of the storm that struck on Sept. 20. It was the worst natural disaster in 90 years and the largest government bankruptcy in U.S. history.

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, whose district includes the Caribbean island, said Maria wiped out about 4 percent of its jobs. Dudley said it will likely take “many more months” to restore electricity and critical infrastructure to Puerto Rico, adding it was unclear how many of the residents who fled will eventually return.

Given the already outdated and inefficient power plants, he said, “now is a perfect opportunity for Puerto Rico to essentially start from scratch and build a resilient power generation and distribution network.”

Hurricane Maria killed dozens and left Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million U.S. citizens without power, along with reducing access to clean water and other essentials. The U.S. agency responsible for disaster response has been criticized for hiring contractors that failed to deliver relief to the island, and last month said it would continue to provide water, meals and other basic needs after earlier reports that it was going to halt aid.

Dudley, who is set to leave his post by mid-year, added that the island’s labor market appears to have stabilized thanks to a return of hospitality jobs and the emergence of construction. “These job gains are expected to continue for some time to come,” he told reporters at the New York Fed.

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Jorge Rodriguez, 49, is the Harvard-educated CEO of PACIV, an international engineering firm based in Puerto Rico that works with the medical and pharmaceutical sectors. The Puerto Rican-born engineer says he has dispatched 50 engineers to help FEMA rehabilitate the devastated island — a commonwealth of the United States — after Hurricane Maria. He refuses to work with the local government, which he called inept and riddled with corruption.

For the last 30 years, the Puerto Rican government has been completely inept at handling regular societal needs, so I just don’t see it functioning in a crisis like this one. Even before the hurricane hit, water and power systems were already broken. And our $118 billion debt crisis is a result of government corruption and mismanagement.

The governor Ricardo Rossello has little experience. He’s 36 and never really held a job and never dealt with a budget. His entire administration is totally inexperienced and they have no clue how to handle a crisis of this magnitude.

For instance, shortly after the hurricane hit, the government imposed a curfew from 6 pm to 6 am and then changed it. Now, it’s 7 pm to 5 am, and makes no sense. The curfew has prevented fuel trucks from transporting their loads. These trucks should have been allowed to run for 24 hours to address our needs, but they have been stalled, and so we have massive lines at gas stations and severe shortages of diesel at our hospitals and supermarkets.

I’m really tired of Puerto Rican government officials blaming the federal government for their woes and for not acting fast enough to help people on the island. Last week I had three federal agents in my office and I was so embarrassed; I went out of my way to apologize to them for the attitude of my government and what they have been saying about the US response. When the hurricane hit we had experts from FEMA from all over the US on the ground and I was really proud of their quick response. The first responders and FEMA have all been outstanding in this crisis, and should be supported.

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I have 50 engineers that I have sent out pro bono to help local companies get back on their feet. This includes getting people gasoline and cash, and helping them connect to others that can assist with repairs without delays.

I won’t allow my people to work with the local government.

I have a message for the U.S. Congress: Watch out what relief funds you approve and let our local government handle. Don’t let the Puerto Rican government play the victim and fool you. They have no clue what they are doing, and I worry that they will mishandle anything that comes their way.

They don’t need another aircraft carrier. They need experienced people to run a proper disaster command center.

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SAN JUAN — The federal monitor assigned to oversee the Puerto Rico Police Department, Arnaldo Claudio, insisted Wednesday that partisan politics remain a key factor in promotions that take place within the agency.

“I’m still concerned about Act 53 of 1996, which deals with promotions at the Police [Department], specifically Paragraphs 14 to 21. We are looking at the law to achieve a more equitable evaluation [process],” Claudio said after ending a meeting with Police superintendent-designate Michelle Hernández.

A transit police officer directs the flow of traffic at an intersection in San Juan, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, after a massive blackout hit Puerto Rico Wednesday afternoon, leaving at least 1.5 million people without power overnight and into the following day. Repair crews are trying to restore electricity on the island after a fire at Aguirre power plant blacked out the entire U.S. territory. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)A transit police officer directs the flow of traffic at an intersection in San Juan, Sept. 22, 2016, after a massive blackout hit Puerto Rico Wednesday afternoon, leaving at least 1.5 million people without power overnight and into the following day. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Hernández, meanwhile, said she will order an independent study to determine the type of officials that the Police Department needs and evaluate promotions, among other matters.

“We always hear that the Police Department needs a whole bunch of officers at such-and-such location, but those are [just] opinions. The study would give validity to those opinions,” she said, adding that the hard data gleamed from such a study would also allow the department to carry out organizational adjustments. “It would not be just about how many officers we need, but where they should be and in what capacity.”

Claudio also revealed that his latest Police compliance report, the fifth so far, will be released during the next few days. The upcoming report deals with the situation within the department’s drugs and narcotics division, with Claudio noting that, since the arrest of several members of a crime group dubbed the “Suricatos,” repeated calls to reorganize the department’s drugs division have been met with a “very slow” response.


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