Stamping out corruption in Puerto Rico

Elias Hubbard
January 22, 2020

"According to the findings that suggest inaction or omissions in the management of the warehouse and supplies by some officials", the government referred the investigation to the Justice Department, Governor Wanda Vazquez Garced said in a statement.

Dozens of New Jersey State Police troopers are headed to Puerto Rico this weekend to help as residents of the commonwealth work to recover from a devastating series of earthquakes over the past several weeks.

The scene reminded numerous beginning of protests that escalated over the summer and led to the resignation of former Gov. Ricardo Rossello, with demonstrators once again vowing to remain in the streets until current Gov. Wanda Vazquez steps down.

A chihuahua dog sleeps on a cot in a tent city for hundreds of people displaced by earthquakes in Guanica, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. "At the moment there is no shortage of these articles and they are being distributed to the people who need them. They have once again failed to address the most basic rights of human beings: water, roof, education, security", he wrote.

She also fired Carlos Acevedo, the head of the Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency, and housing secretary Fernando Gil Ensenat in an immediate response to the video.

The protestors gathered outside La Fortaleza, Puerto Rico's governor's mansion, banging on frying pans, denouncing Vazquez and holding signs with messages including "Government, Absent, Criminal, Negligent".

The petition came two weeks after the 6.4 magnitude tremor hit near the USA territory's southern coast, killing one person, destroying hundreds of homes and causing damaged estimated at $200 million.

The investigation was scheduled to be completed on Monday.

The governor also said the authorities began an inventory of the items contained in the Ponce warehouse, to distribute them to citizens most affected by the last week's earthquakes.

Vazquez has warned that the incident would further erode the US government's trust in Puerto Rico, which is still awaiting millions of dollars in federal aid for Hurricane Maria amid concerns of corruption and mismanagement.

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