Puerto Rico faces a new political saga just a day after Ricardo Rosselló succumbed to intense public pressure and resigned as governor on Wednesday.
The Office of Government Ethics [OEG] confirmed to DailyMail on Thursday that lawyers will look at Wanda Vázquez, the woman who will replace Rosselló, to see if they reportedly refused to investigate a scandal of spoiled donated goods in abandoned trailers a year after two hurricanes weakened the island in 2017,
Political blog site And Blanco y Negro screenshots made from an SMS exchange of September 2018 between Minister of Justice Vázquez and former Minister of Finance Raúl Maldonado.
Vázquez distances itself from becoming involved in an investigation into the misuse of First Aid truck trailers that arrived on the Caribbean island after hurricane Maria.
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Justice Minister Wanda Vázquez is the next one to take over the government of Puerto Rico, but the Office of Government Ethics will investigate whether she has violated laws after an alleged SMS exchange has shown that she refused an issue concerning abandoned trailers with examine goods donated to hurricane victims in 2017
A series of text messages were reportedly exchanged between Justice Minister Wanda Vázquez, who will replace Governor Ricardo Rosselló, former Finance Minister Raúl Maldonado on September 16, 2018. abandoned trailers with spoiled goods a year after Hurricane Maria
Puerto Rican radio station In August 2018, Radio Isla unveiled images of abandoned trailers with rotten goods. The aid was given to hurricane victims on the Caribbean island
Vázquez wrote: & # 39; Good afternoon, secretary, they sent me a draft statement from your office about the trailer report. I have no information to respond to. I understand that it must be the GSO that disseminates the results to people. I do not know the methodology and the process performed.
& # 39; In fact, if there is no criminal behavior, this should not be referred to [the] justice department. On the other hand, public prosecutor Castellón has already analyzed the reference to healthcare and there are elements to investigate. Tomorrow I have to talk to him to make a decision in the Fortaleza [mansion]. & # 39;
Maldonado followed the recommendation of the secretary of justice and told her: & okay, i will edit the statement and i will not send the report to [the] Justice [Department]. We talk tomorrow and thanks for your words. & # 39;
Governor Ricardo Rosselló announced his resignation on Wednesday. It will take effect on August 2 at 5 p.m.
Justice Minister Wanda Vázquez will replace Governor Ricardo Rosselló, but she is already facing an ethics committee investigation
In August 2018, radio channel Radio Isla in Puerto Rico discovered several trailers with spoiled goods
Apparently relieved that she didn't have to consume herself with one of the many scandals that arose after the lack of government responses to the hurricanes that left more than 3,000 dead and forced millions of residents to go without electricity and water for months, Vázquez replied: & # 39; It is better that there is no criminal act and no intervention by [the] justice [ministry] is required. That way they don't allow me to do research and give opinions. & # 39;
The texting conversation took place a month after Puerto Rico's radio station, Radio Isla, posted a video of rotting donated goods in about 10 trailers.
Shocking images of food, water, and medicine covered in faeces from rats and lizards provided additional ammunition for President Donald Trump's attacks on American territory leadership, including Rosselló, who became and is the first leader of Puerto Rico completed his term of office.
He was forced to stop after 12 days of demonstrations following the July 13 release of 889 pages from a private chat with 11 assistants – including a couple who were not part of the government – that contained burning comments about gay & # 39; s, local politicians and voters, including victims of hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Several trailer containers were filled with donated goods that were rotten after they had not been distributed to residents of Puerto Rico who were hit by hurricanes Irma and Maria
Former Finance Minister Raúl Maldonado communicated with incoming Governor Wanda Vázquez about an investigation into abandoned trailers with donated goods that were discovered with rats dropped a year after Hurricanes Irma and Maria
Vázquez issued a statement on Thursday morning claiming her innocence.
& # 39; During our career in public service, we have demonstrated that we have worked in an integral and honest manner for the benefit of the people & # 39 ;, she said.
& # 39; The interpretations published today correspond to vicious attacks that attempt to attack our integrity. The interpretation given to these matters is false and defamatory. & # 39;
Protesters in Puerto Rico also object to the naming of Wanda Vázquez as the next governor. The Spanish characters are: & # 39; Wanda, we don't want you either & # 39;
Vázquez was next in line for the governmental post after Luis Rivera Marín, the state secretary, had resigned the same day that the text messages from the encrypted Telegram app were made public.
Jubilant demonstrators have already asked for replacement of Vázquez because she is also an ally of Rosselló, who appointed her in her current position in January 2017.
One protester waved a sign with the text & # 39; Wanda, we don't want you & # 39; and another screamed & # 39; Wanda, you are next! & # 39;
Vázquez was investigated in November 2018 after being accused of using her office to interfere with the investigation of two suspects involved in a robbery that took place with her daughter and son-in-law.
She was suspended by Rosselló and then restored after a judge sentenced her for ethical errors.
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