February 27, 2021

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Investigation of contract for construction of cemetery in Humacao continues


Under oath, José Flores Roldán, owner of the Toñito Flores Funeral Home and Cemetery, recounted the steps he made before the then mayor Marcelo Trujillo about his intention to build a new cemetery

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The capitol – The Municipal Affairs Commission, incidentally chaired by Chamber Vice President José “Pichy” Torres Zamora, resumed work on Chamber Resolution 1056 on Tuesday, which investigates the process of granting a lease that the Municipality made from Humacao to a private entity for the construction of a new municipal cemetery.

Under oath, José Flores Roldán, owner of the Toñito Flores Funeral Home and Cemetery, recounted the negotiations he made before the then mayor Marcelo Trujillo about his intention to build a new cemetery in Humacao and the expenses inquired in the preliminary designs.

This, by recognizing before the legislative members that he had access to measurement, topography and surveying studies of the municipal council.

Regarding the preliminary expenses, the incidental president asked Flores Roldán to deliver to the Commission, before Friday, a certification regarding the investment made on the idea and preliminary elaboration of the project to the Municipality of Humacao.

Meanwhile, the mayor of Humacao, Luis R. Sánchez Hernández, also under oath, stated that for the years 2004 -2005 the municipality made an expropriation of land for the construction of the new municipal cemetery and that they had a firm for the design and construction, and they had started the permitting process. However, he noted that for financial reasons the municipality was unable to complete the project.

Next, the vice president Torres Zamora inquired about the access to the studies that Flores Roldán was given.

To this end, the mayor indicated “that happened for 2004-2005 … Obviously, there are documents that pass for an inactive file, but what was available to him … Already when the process was well advanced, he was given access to the topography”.

On the other hand, Adalberto López Torres, owner of the Carrasco de Humacao Funeral Home, showed under oath before the legislators the indignation at the award of the lease, since they excluded him from the processes. This, by ensuring that it has the financial capacity to build the new municipal cemetery. Corrido, the Commission asked him to deliver a bank certification on his financial capacity for these purposes.

Representatives Reinaldo Vargas Rodríguez, José “Conny” Valera Fernández, Roberto Rivera Ruiz de Porras and José Aponte Hernández also attended the public hearing.



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