THE CAPITOL – The spokesman for the Popular Democratic Party (PPD) in the Chamber, Rafael “Tatito” Hernández Montañez, announced on Thursday that he made public the information on the payroll of his legislative office.
“Contrary to the procedure that the president of the Chamber, Carlos” Johnny “Méndez has demonstrated during all these weeks by delaying the processes and placing obstacles so that citizens have access to public information, I have no problem in disclosing the data referring to the payroll and contracts of my legislative office “, expressed Tatito Hernández together with the representative Ángel Matos in written communication.
The representative reported that “yesterday, at 3:43 in the afternoon, a citizen made us a request for information about our personnel similar to those that our delegation has been making since the beginning of the year, and recently, citizens to across the entire island. Quickly, without delay, and with nothing to hide, we authorized by letter to President Carlos “Johnny” Méndez to supply the information requested by the applicant ”.
“I have always been in favor of the most absolute accessibility to public documents. To prevent the public policy of non-transparency of the PNP in the Chamber and Senate led by Carlos “Johnny” Méndez and Tomás Rivera Schatz from delaying the citizen’s claim, I publicly disclosed the information requested about our office, ”said the popular legislator.
Hernández Montañez recalled that “it was Johnny Méndez who signed an administrative order that establishes a bureaucratic, burdensome and difficult process, which instead of facilitating access to information, discourages citizens who wish to exercise their right to access it.”
“Today I am calling on the president of the Chamber, Carlos“ Johnny ”Méndez, to disclose the requested information from the entire legislative body, without delay and without excuses. Likewise, I urge the president of the PNP legislative conference, Pedro Pierluisi, to request transparency from his delegations in the House and Senate and to comply with the law. The people want to know their position on this matter, if they remain silent, with their silence they will become an accomplice of the corruption and irregularities schemes of the PNP Legislative Assembly, ”Hernández emphasized.
A copy of the citizen application was sent to the president of the Chamber, accompanied by a letter to the president Johnny Méndez. Similarly, evidence of this process was sent to the applicant.