SAN JUAN – Governor-elect Pedro Rafael Pierluisi Urrutia defended his swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday, for which he invited 400 people even though he said he would not rule out amendments to the executive order that same day.
“Official acts are exempt from the provisions of the order, to begin with. Second, there will always be someone who criticizes, sometimes it is due to a diversity of opinion, other times it is due to a lack of opinion, other times it is due to partisan political agendas. I respect the criticism, but the act of taking office of a governor is established in our Constitution. It is an indispensable formality in a democracy like the one we live in in Puerto Rico, ”Pierluisi Urrutia said at a press conference.
“No one is going to step there who does not have a negative COVID test,” he added.
The event will take place on Saturday, January 2, 2021 in front of El Capitolio.
“It is not when the rule is that three thousand people attend this activity. In other words, I believe that the numbers speak for themselves, “said the governor-elect when he was rebuked on the matter.
As for the executive order, he expressed that he does not rule out filing one on January 2, since the current one expires on January 7.
“I do not rule out that a new order enters into force on January 2. I will be being advised by the scientific coalition, among other members of my team to decide what changes, if any, I am going to make to the current order, ”he said.
Pierluisi Urrutia’s expressions were given during a press conference in which he announced the designations for the Department of Recreation and Sports, Department of Consumer Affairs, Industrial Development Company, Puerto Rico Insurance Commissioner and the renomination of the Secretary of the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, Rafael Machargo Maldonado.