Ricardo Rosselló, Governor of Puerto Rico, announced on Saturday that his chief of finances and Secretary of State will resign afterin which swearwords were used to name a former New Yorker Officials and a prosecutor describe federal audit authority overseeing the finances of the island.
The Chief Financial Officer of the US Territory, Christian Sobrino, who also serves as the governing body's governor, announced his resignation on Twitter on Saturday. His Foreign Minister Luis G. Rivera Marín also offered his resignation.
Rosselló later issued a statement that he would dismiss members of his administration who participated in the chat about a news system used by government officials. The publication of the contents of the chat in the local media had led to the resignation of the governor.
Rosselló apologized for the comments on late Thursday and said he had worked 1
He said he would ask Ricardo Llerandi to stay as Minister of the Interior of Puerto Rico and Anthony Maceira as Secretary of Public Affairs.
Justice Minister Wanda Vázquez announced that she would set up a special working group to determine if any laws regarding the chat and comments were violated.
The comments had aroused the anger of many Puerto Ricans who said they were ashamed of his language and how this could affect the reputation of US territory, which had already been scrutinized this week Rosselló announced that he would not resign. Days before, FBI agents were arrested. Julia Keleher was arrested, Puerto Rico's former Education Minister, and five others for controlling federal funds to unqualified, politically-related contractors.
Officials said the alleged fraud involved $ 15.5 million in federal funds spent between 2017 and 2019. They said $ 13 million was spent by Puerto Rico's Ministry of Education, while Keleher was a secretary and another $ 2.5 million was spent by Ángela Ávila Marrero when she was Director of the Puerto Rico Health Insurance Board. Ávila Marrero was charged with the businessmen Fernando Scherrer-Caillet and Alberto Velázquez-Piñol, as well as the sisters Glenda E. Ponce-Mendoza and Mayra Ponce-Mendoza. Marrero had personally benefited from the project.
On Thursday, a group of demonstrators gathered at Puerto Rico's main international airport to meet Rosselló as he made a short break in Europe to address the arrests and the leaked conversations. The demonstrators then traveled to the villa by the Governor's Sea, where Rosselló spoke late Thursday and demanded his resignation.