Puerto Rico’s scandal-scarred governor, Ricardo Rosselló, stated Sunday that he would possibly not surrender however that he’s going to step down as head of his celebration and would possibly not search re-election in 2020.
“Announcing sorry isn’t the one factor I will do,” Rosselló stated in a reside deal with, pronouncing he knew “I’ve to paintings” to regain islanders’ believe.
Tens of hundreds of Puerto Ricans have taken to the streets difficult that Rosselló surrender after corruption investigations and 889 pages of personal chats between him and a few of his officers and shut mates had been leaked.
The leaked chats integrated profanity-laced, misogynistic and homophobic feedback, in addition to barbed and cynical remarks about plenty of subjects, together with the deaths following Typhoon Maria in 2017.
Individuals of the chat workforce, which used the encrypted messaging app Telegram, made amusing of an overweight guy whom the governor had posed with in a photograph, referred to as former New York Town Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito a “whore” and made homophobic remarks concerning the pop superstar Ricky Martin.
In some of the messages, Rosselló stated that San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who has introduced that she plans to run in opposition to Rosselló in 2020, used to be “off her meds … both that, or she’s an amazing HP,” the usage of the Spanish initials for “son/daughter of a b—-.”
Rosselló has stated the messages had been non-public remarks made to blow off steam after lengthy days. However most sensible island officers, together with participants of his personal celebration, were extremely vital and gave the governor a closing date to “mirror” and end up that he must keep in place of work.
Rosselló’s remarks got here after protesters gave him till Sunday evening to surrender pending a common strike and big demonstrations deliberate for Monday. Top-profile celebrities like Martin, the singer Kany García and Benito Martínez, the rap artist referred to as Dangerous Bunny, have stated they are going to participate.
Legislators. in the meantime, are taking into account his impeachment. The newspaper El Nuevo Día reported Sunday that Area Speaker Carlos “Johnny” Méndez ultimate week started hanging in combination a prison staff to discover the potential of an impeachment procedure.
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Michelle Acevedo contributed.