SAN JUAN – The representative and spokesman for the majority of the New Progressive Party (PNP) in the Chamber, Gabriel Rodríguez Aguiló, expressed surprise with the possible appointment of the Secretary of Public Affairs of La Fortaleza, Osvaldo Soto García, as Comptroller of Puerto Rico.
“Not. Honestly not, ”Rodríguez Aguiló answered in an interview on Tuesday morning on Pegaos en la Mañana on Radio Isla, with Julio Rivera Saniel, when asked about the possible appointment of Soto García as Comptroller.
“The governor (Wanda Vázquez) surprises us with this appointment and I am going to give the space to sit down with him (Soto García), talk with him, what is his story, beyond what I know that he was in the Senate office and in La Fortaleza ”, said Rodríguez Aguiló.
“I thought it was going to be a person like, for example, the Secretary of the Treasury (Francisco Parés), who is a first-rate official. I’m not comparing him to (Osvaldo) Soto. I am talking about the qualities, the characteristics that the Secretary of the Treasury has to occupy that position (Controller).
“He is a dynamic person, who dares, who has knowledge, knows how the government works at the fiscal level,” said Rodríguez Aguiló regarding Parés.
The Governor’s recommendation for a new Comptroller has to be reviewed by the Legislature, which is not in session. However, Vázquez Garced is going to call an Extraordinary Session, which will analyze the appointments made by the First Executive.
The office of Comptroller of Puerto Rico has a term of 10 years.
College of Certified Public Accountants supports a CPA as Comptroller
For its part, the College of Certified Public Accountants (CPA) asked the Governor on Tuesday to appoint a CPA as the Comptroller of Puerto Rico.
“By constitutional mandate, the Comptroller of Puerto Rico has the ministerial function of overseeing all income, accounts and disbursements of the State, its agencies and instrumentalities, as well as of the municipalities, to determine if they have been done in accordance with the law and with the generally accepted accounting standards for government entities ”, stated in written statements the Colegio de CPA.
“This is why, and in accordance with the Resolution approved in the General Assembly of the CPA College on September 5, 2020, the Governing Board of the College of Certified Public Accountants requests the Governor and the Legislative Assembly that the next person named and confirmed as Comptroller of Puerto Rico be a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) ”, concluded the College of CPA.