Speaker of the House of Representatives Rafael “Tatito” Hernández Montañez warned that the legislature will support any legal action initiated by representatives of the public interest in the Public Private Alliances Administration Board (AAPP). Vote where approved to extend LUMA Energy’s additional contract.
Likewise, Hernández stated that they would support the extension of the additional contract to organize the departure of the private company responsible only for the distribution of electric power on the island.
“For the record, clearly and concisely: The only way we will support the extension of the addendum would be to get LUMA out of Puerto Rico on an orderly basis. Likewise, After the Chamber has exhausted all administrative processes in the AAPP, it will support representatives of the public interest who have legitimacy in the Federal Court to make a judicial request to cancel this vote in the courtroom of Judge Laura Taylor Swain, and that the processes are in accordance with our rule of law as prescribed by Law No. 120-2018. be carried out as″.
This afternoon, the Financial Oversight Board (JSF) announced the extension of the Puerto Rico Transmission and Distribution System Supplementary Terms Agreement between the Public-Private Partnerships Authority (AAPP), the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority Rico (AEE). Two representatives of the Public Administration Board of Directors and LUMA Energy, representing the public interest, criticized the approval, pointing out that the approval was carried out in violation of established law.
Lawyer Liza Ortiz, one of the two representatives of the public interest, said: “We learned from the press that the Board approved the amendment to the supplemental agreement and we understand that the approval is not correct from a legal point of view.” Board of Public Administration with attorney Eduardo Ferrer.
“According to the appropriate legal process, before the Board can approve an extension, it must first obtain approval from the organizations that are part of that contract. Understand the PREPA Board and the Public Administration Board, as well as LUMA’s validation. “They couldn’t have had it before they made this decision because the meeting between these three parties hadn’t happened when they made the announcement,” he said.
Ortiz questioned the rushed decision to extend the supplemental agreement, ensuring that other members of the Public Administration Board voted against the changes requested by the representation of the public interest.
Senate President also opposed the extension of the supplementary agreement
José Luis Dalmau Santiago, chairman of the Populist Democratic Party, accused Governor Pedro Pierluisi on Tuesday of “turning his back on the country by hastily and abusively extending the LUMA company’s contract for management”. Electric Power Authority”.
For this reason, the head of the Senate warned that “all the consequences of this action in the face of this limitless decision will now belong to Governor Pedro Pierluisi.”
“Inform the people of Puerto Rico that all cuts, all rates rise, and all layoffs and displacements of workers have a first and last name: Pedro Pierluisi. Extending the contract is a clear check for LUMA to put its hand in the pockets of the nation; In a written statement, Dalmau Santiago said, “Maintain an insensitive attitude to the needs of the people.” Members of the Board of Directors of the Public Alliances Corporation, which includes two representatives of the public interest”.
Governor Pedro Pierluisi today showed where his true loyalty lies by unjustly giving LUMA an extension. Worse still, the governor ignored the representatives of the public interest while pursuing the private interests. It is noteworthy that with the extension of the contract, no new criteria or eligibility requirements are required from this company, therefore acting against the interests of the Puerto Rican people. By ignoring and trampling on representatives of the public interest, the governor demonstrates that yesterday’s dialogue with the heads of bodies was dishonest act. “Therefore, the Legislature will use all its constitutional powers to protect the interests of the Puerto Rican people, oversee LUMA and prevent any further escalation of rates.”
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