July 24, 2019

USA: Just In... Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló Resigns Effective Friday August 2 at 5pm. Puerto Ricans Protested For Two Weeks After Major Scandals Exposed Massive Corruption.

FOX News
written by Brie Stimson, Danielle Wallace
Wednesday July 24, 2019

Ricardo Rosselló, the embattled governor of Puerto Rico, announced on Wednesday that he will resign on Aug. 2, after more than a week of massive protests calling for his ouster over leaked obscene, misogynistic online chats.

Rosselló took to Facebook Wednesday to announce that his resignation will go into effect at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Puerto Rico’s Department of Justice confirmed to Fox News Tuesday that search warrants had been issued in an investigation into the governor and 11 of his aides over whether they committed any crimes related to offensive, obscenity-laden online chats that were released.

The leaked conversations reportedly showed the governor mocking women, homosexuals, political opponents and victims of Hurricane Maria.

In one message, Rosselló reportedly called one New York female politician of Puerto Rican descent a “w---e” and described another as a “daughter of a b---h.” One chat included vulgar references to Latin pop star Ricky Martin’s homosexuality.

On Monday, Rosselló told Fox News he took responsibility for allegations of corruption from his own people but said he would not resign. Over the weekend, he said he would not seek re-election.

More than a dozen officials have already resigned since the chats were leaked.

These arrests led to the text message leaks.
written by Nicole Chavez and Ray Sanchez
Thursday July 25, 2019 at 12:29am EST

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said he will step down next week after more than a week of protests calling for his resignation.

Rosselló said in a video message on Facebook that he will resign August 2, at 5 p.m. ET.

The governor had been expected to announce his resignation earlier Wednesday as lawmakers were ready to begin impeachment proceedings.

Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez will likely take his place as governor.

Thousands of people have jammed the streets of San Juan for days, calling for Rosselló's resignation after Puerto Rico's Center for Investigative Journalism published a series of group messages between the governor and his inner circle that included homophobic and misogynistic language and jokes about Hurricane Maria victims.

Protesters say Rosselló's resignation is only a first step in what they call an historic challenge to a political power structure long dominated by two parties.

Many Puerto Ricans have lost confidence in the governor's pro-statehood New Progressive Party and the Popular Democratic Party, which supports the current commonwealth status.

"Rosselló is a symptom of a much deeper problem," said Cynthia García Coll, a psychologist who teaches at the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras.

For Rosselló's successor, it will not be business as usual on the island.

"Before people would sit and watch TV and complain or do nothing," said García Coll, who is active in a community organizing group made up mostly of artists and writers. "People are not sitting in front of their TVs anymore. That's the difference. I call it a peaceful revolution."

Earlier on Wednesday, Rep. Jose Melendez, a member of the governor's New Progressive Party said legislators were planning to begin the impeachment process if there were "illegal acts in the chats."

A team of legal experts was commissioned last week by Speaker of the House Carlos Johnny Méndez to review messages from the governor's group chat and determine whether any crimes were committed.


Edgardo Roman Espada, president of the Puerto Rico Bar Association, said the trio of experts said in a report that there was evidence of five possible crimes including, illegal misuse of public office for personal gain, embezzlement, negligence as pertaining to fulfilling the duties of public office and violations of the government ethics law.

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