November 28, 2020

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Senate confirms its former legislative adviser Militza De Jesús as superior judge




The Senate this afternoon confirmed her former legislative adviser Militza De Jesús as superior judge.

The Camuyan lawyer had an expedited confirmation because her appointment came for the advice and consent of that body on Monday of this week.

Today in the morning a public hearing was held for the confirmation of the lawyer graduated from the Eugenio María de Hostos School of Law, whose sole assistant was Senator Carlos Rodríguez Mateo and is already confirmed as a judge of the First Court Instance.

The Camuyan lawyer Militza De Jesús was silent this morning when this newspaper approached her so that she will speak about her credentials as a jurist that validate her as a superior judge, a position to which the Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced nominated her this week.

De Jesús appeared this morning before the Appointments Commission as part of his confirmation process. According to the Senate website, his appointment was received only on Monday the 15th.

De Jesús has his legal office in Camuy from which, as he expressed in the Senate hearing, he has focused more on litigation on matters civil, family law and notary affairs. As a lawyer, she has also been advising members of the New Progressive Party (PNP) in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Favorite companies

However, part of her professional career has been linked to the companies she has organized with her husband Luis Francisco Torres Pérez, which have accumulated millionaire contracts with government entities. He did not speak about this facet in his presentation during the confirmation hearing.

At one point, three of the construction and maintenance companies that the couple has had, H & P Contractors, Ferretería El Pare (which did not offered hardware services) and ML Construction Consulting Services, tendered or were hired by the municipality of Camuy during the same decade.

The three companies were among the top 12 municipal government contractors under the administration of Edwin García Feliciano, who today is the Ombusdman. This generated an accumulation of contracts that exceeded $ 6 million between 2005 and 2016.

Of those three companies, only ML Construction Consulting Services remains active, which, so far this four-year period, has obtained $ 2.5 million in contracts with the Capitol Superintendency, the Infrastructure Financing Authority (AFI) and the Administration for the Development of Agricultural Companies, according to the contract registry of the Office of the Comptroller (OCPR).

At the same time, this construction firm provided services to the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DRNA) for repairs of electricity generators, installation of pumps and other tasks carried out during the emergency caused by the scourge of Hurricane Maria, as stated in the profile that the company submitted to the Superintendency.

The amount of these services is not in the OCPR's public registry, because they agreed to before purchase orders and not through contracts.

The couple has been a donor to the PNP and from the election year 2016 to 2018 repeatedly contributed to the campaign committee of the President of the Senate Thomas Rivera Schatz as recorded in the registry of the Office of the Election Comptroller.

Advisory

In 2011, and just five months after approving her revalidation, the lawyer received a contract Legal advice with the then non-pro-representative representative Arnaldo Iván Jiménez, who is now an aspiring senator in the penepé primaries.

Likewise, six months before receiving his nomination as superior judge, he served as legislative adviser in the Senate, through a Professional services contract that she maintained between 2017 and 2019 as an advisor in the Office of Legislative Advisors.

De Jesús read a presentation today before Senator Carlos Rodríguez Mateo, who presided in Incidentally, the confirmation hearing, and whom De Jesús directly advised in the Natural Resources Commission that he chairs.

"Working for the Legislative Assembly is one of my best experiences because it is where the legislation that regulates our relations in society is born" , expressed the nominee in her presentation.

Neither the president of the Senate Appointments Commission, Héctor Martínez nor the president of the legislative body were present at the confirmation hearing this morning.

For Rodríguez Mateo, "the Legislative Assembly loses a great civil servant, but another branch (the Judicial) gains an extraordinary civil servant," he said during the hearing.



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