August 1, 2021

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PNP candidates demand budget and payroll data from PPD legislators

The request for information is made under the protection of Law 141

The capitol – A group of candidates from the New Progressive Party (PNP) to the House of Representatives requested this Wednesday the representatives of the Popular Democratic Party (PPD) Luis Raúl Torres, Ángel Matos, José ‘Conny’ Varela, Lydia Méndez, Rafael ‘Tatito’ Hernández, to make public a detailed and complete list of the positions of their legislative employees, including salaries, timesheets and assigned tasks from January 2013 to the present.

The group of novo-progressive candidates led by Yamilete González (District 21), Sergio Estévez (District 40), José ‘Papo’ Mercado (District 32), Isabelo ‘Chabelo’ Molina (District 11) and Ricardo ‘Chino’ Rey (District 2) , gave him five days, starting today, Wednesday, to provide the requested information, including the disbursement of the budgets assigned to the offices of the designated Representatives and the invoices of the contractors.

“Today we are making an official request to Representatives Matos, Méndez, Hernández, Varela and Torres to provide us with each and every one of the invoices issued by all their contractors from January 2013 to September 2020. In the same way, we request that the complete list of employees be delivered to us, with a detailed description of their positions and assigned tasks, as well as the attendance sheets of each of these employees during the aforementioned period of time. Also, we ask for a complete breakdown of how they allocated their office budgets, including the purchases they made, ”said PNP candidates in a written communication.

The request for information is made under the protection of Law 141-2019, better known as the ‘Law of Transparency and Expedited Process for Access to Public Information’.

“Residents of Districts 2, 11, 21, 32 and 40, which comprise the municipalities of San Juan, Dorado, Vega Alta, Vega Baja, Caguas, Carolina, Lajas, Guánica, Sabana Grande, Maricao and Yauco have the right to know how the town’s money has been spent. We understand that there should be no problem in presenting the data in the requested term. If we do not do so, we will be going to the Court to ask for help and to rule in favor of transparency and the delivery of these data in the public domain ”, the candidates added.

However, the representative of the PPD Ángel Matos García authorized the delivery of data.

“I authorize the House of Representatives @CamaraConPR to deliver all information related to the fiscal management of our office. To those who now ask for transparency, I invite you to join the legal lawsuit filed by citizens and @ppdpr so that all spending information in the legislature is delivered #sinmiedo, “said Matos García in written communication.

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