Left Menu
Development News Edition

Top Puerto Rican officials resigns over profanity-laced chat

PTI | Sanjuan | Updated: 14-07-2019 03:56 IST | Created: 14-07-2019 03:51 IST
Top Puerto Rican officials resigns over profanity-laced chat
The US territory's CFO Christian Sobrino, who is also the governor's representative to the federal control board, announced he was stepping down via Twitter on Saturday. Image Credit: Wikimedia

San Juan, Jul 13 (AP) Puerto Rico's Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced Saturday that his chief financial officer and secretary of state will step down following their participation in a private chat that used profanities to describe an ex-New York City government official and a federal control board overseeing the island's finances. The US territory's CFO Christian Sobrino, who is also the governor's representative to the federal control board, announced he was stepping down via Twitter on Saturday.

Its Secretary of State Luis G. Rivera Marín also offered his resignation. Rosselló later released a statement saying he would let go members of his administration who participated in the chat on a messaging system used by government officials. The release of the chat's contents in local media had led to calls for the governor's resignation.

Rosselló apologized for the comments late Thursday, saying he'd been working 18-hour days and releasing tensions when he called former New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito the Spanish word for "whore" and in English told the oversight board to "go f--- yourself" followed by a string of emojis with the middle finger raised. "Aware that the current environment cannot be maintained, I have communicated to all the other public officials involved in the chat that I will have to dispense with their services and/or their advice," he said in the statement.

He said that he would ask Ricardo Llerandi to remain as Puerto Rico's secretary of the interior and Anthony Maceira to stay as secretary of Public Affairs. "This is a very painful situation for me, as Governor, as a human being and as a Puerto Rican," Rosselló said.

"But I recognize there is no other way out and there is no worthwhile forgiveness on my part that does not include corrections and clear signs of intent to change." The comments had drawn the ire of many Puerto Ricans who said they were ashamed of his language and of how this might affect the reputation of the US territory, which had already come under scrutiny earlier this week with the arrests of former government officials including the island's education secretary.

Rosselló said late Thursday that he had not yet spoken to Mark-Viverito, who posted a lengthy statement on Twitter that read in part, "A person who uses that language against a woman, whether a public figure or not, should not govern Puerto Rico ...this type of behavior is completely unacceptable." In the chat, Rosselló wrote that he was upset Mark-Viverito had criticized Tom Perez, chair of the Democratic National Committee, for supporting statehood for Puerto Rico.

Those who participated in the chat included Llerandi, Sobrino, former public affairs secretary Ramón Rosario and Rossello, who has said he doesn't know who leaked excerpts of the private chat. Rosselló has said he will not resign. (AP) RHL


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Pandemic must be impetus, not obstacle, for clean water access

To make matters worse, there are suspicions that the inadequacy of wastewater treatment methods in California, the rest of the USA, and indeed around the world may help to propagate the disease even more widely. ...

3D printing and the future of manufacturing post COVID-19

The on-demand, customizable, and localized manufacturing of product components facilitated by 3D printing has the potential to redefine manufacturing but there are certain technical, mechanical, and legal limitations that, unless ...

How UK’s 'best prepared' healthcare system failed to gauge COVID-19

The UK is proud of their public health system and its unlike any other country as around 90 percent of British public supports the founding principles of National Health Service. But without accurate data being available to stakeholders in ...

Poor on IHR capacity progress in 2019, WHO says Cambodia tops COVID-19 response

Despite being in proximity to Hubei, the original epicenter of COVID-19 pandemic, Cambodia has reported just 226 confirmed cases and zero deaths. After seeing the data, WHO appreciated Cambodias healthcare information system but experts dou...

Videos

Latest News

Fire at AP COVID facility: HM Shah condoles loss of lives

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday assured the Andhra Pradesh government of all help to deal with the fire incident at a COVID-19 facility in Vijayawada At least seven patients were killed in the fire at a hotel which was converted to ...

IPL has democratised cricket for many countries, says Ian Bishop

Former West Indies pacer Ian Bishop feels that the Indian Premier League IPL has democratised cricket for many countries by providing players from smaller nations an opportunity to lock horns with the top cricketers in the game. Bishop was ...

India's coal import drops 43% in July owing to high stockpile at pitheads, plants

Indias coal import fell 43.2 per cent to 11.13 million tonnes MT in July this year on account of high stockpile of the dry fuel at pitheads, plants and ports. The country had imported 19.61 MT of coal in July 2019, according to a provisiona...

Vijayawada hotel fire: Andhra govt announces Rs 50-lakh ex-gratia each to kin of deceased

The Andhra Pradesh government announced Rs 50 lakh ex-gratia each to the families of those who lost their lives in the fire at a hotel being used as a COVID-19 facility in Vijayawada on Sunday morning. At least 10 people lost their lives in...

Give Feedback