Artists decry Debt Adjustment Plan enabling legislation
By John McPhaul
A group of Puerto Rico’s singers, singer-songwriters, musicians and visual artists have joined in repudiation of Bill 1003, which the island Senate approved Wednesday in an amended version to enable the Debt Adjustment Plan.
“As artists, and even more so as Puerto Ricans, the undersigned raise our voices in rejection of Bill 1003, which the Fiscal Control Board intends to impose with all that it represents,” the artists stated in an open letter addressed to Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia and island senators and representatives. “We liberate our art and spirit together with the people of Puerto Rico in vindication of our value and right as a nation to Be and Remain with dignity in our country.”
The letter is signed by more than 30 artists. They are: Ramón “Moncho” Saldaña, Chabela Rodríguez, José Antonio Rivera “Tony Mapeye”, Zoraida Santiago, Roy Brown, Holly Marden Cruz, Rafael David Martínez, Raquel González, Ali Javier Tapia, Johana Rosaly, Luis Enrique Romero, Kike Estrada , Teresa Sepúlveda, Quique Benet, Kacho López, Mari Julia Rita, Ricardo Pons, Teófilo Torres, Sandra Santana, Víctor Alice, Ángel Vázquez, Armando Pacheco Matos, Héctor Escalante, José “Pepe” Sánchez, Pedro Muñiz, Ineabelle Colón, Feliz Monclova, Idalia Pérez Garay, Noelia Crespo, Rafael Trelles, Gradissa Fernández, Pedro Adorno and Tere Marichal Lugo.
The measure was approved Wednesday by the Senate with 19 votes in favor and eight against. The bill includes a bond issue of more than $7 billion to be repaid over 30 years. However, because the bill was amended in the Senate it now returns to the House of Representatives.