Another march against LUMA scheduled for Sunday


By John McPhaul

jpmcphaul@gmail.com


Faced with the uncertainty due to the frequent power outages and poor service from LUMA Energy, Johnny Rodríguez Ortiz, president of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority Retirees Association, urged citizens to join a demonstration called for Sunday at 10 a.m, leaving from Luis Muñoz Rivera Park to La Fortaleza in Old San Juan “to demand that the government fulfill its obligation to defend the best interests of the people.”


“We are not a third world country,” Rodríguez Ortiz said. “As workers, retirees, educators,merchants or simply as residents of Puerto Rico, we have the obligation to look after the best interests of our island and demand that the governor listen to our complaints, stop politicking and solve the problems that we are facing due to the instability of the electrical system. We have to report the abuse of these incompetents who are only after the millions of dollars sent by the United States.”


He said that since the arrival of LUMA Energy to manage the island’s electrical grid, “the Puerto Rican people have not had peace due to constant and increasingly frequent service interruptions.”


“From explosions, home fires, live wires on the ground,” Rodríguez Ortiz said. “A total disaster that adds to the uncertainty about the future of the law for a dignified retirement, the decapitalization of the Retirement System for Active and Retired Employees of PREPA and the bankruptcy of the UPR [University of Puerto Rico] that threatens the poor by preventing them from achieving a University education.”


“Enough of isolated protests,” he added. “Let’s unite as a people and save Puerto Rico from looting what is ours. Let’s forget about the [political] parties. Only the people can save the people.”