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Gov’t said ‘taking action’ on unauthorized reggaeton concert

“An event that does not have the permission to take place by the relevant authorities makes it an illegal act,” government officials said.

By The Star Staff

The secretaries of Health, Carlos Mellado López and Treasury, Francisco Parés Alicea, and Police Commissioner Antonio López Figueroa laid out on Tuesday the process for finding those responsible for a concert held on Sunday in the Virgilio Dávila residential complex in Bayamón.

“Investigative agents of the Puerto Rico Police along with the Security Division of the Department of Health, as well as Internal Revenue of the Department of the Treasury, with the support of federal agencies, are conducting an investigation related to the event,” the authorities said in a written statement.

“As part of this, the process of summoning and interviewing the possible parties and everyone who has participated, sponsored or collaborated has already begun,” they said. “An event that does not have the permission to take place by the relevant authorities makes it an illegal act. This implies that no merchant, professional, talent or equivalent can provide services in that space or place.”

Alejandro Salgado Colón, who heads the Public Housing Administration (AVP by its Spanish initials), had said earlier Tuesday that the government is evaluating “taking action” against the producer of an unauthorized reggaeton concert that was staged in the public housing complex.

“Both the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Health are aware of what happened in the public housing [complex] and are evaluating the actions to be taken,” Salgado Colón said in written remarks. “We will continue to collaborate with the relevant agencies and authorities to ensure the safety and health of our residents.”

Salgado Colón said he informed Rolando Santa, president of Chad Eventis LLC, on Dec. 22 that he did not have permission to hold the event that was going to feature Carlos Efrén Reyes Rosado, who performs as Farruko.

“Given the event that took place in the Virgilio Dávila residential area in Bayamón, it is important to clarify that the Public Housing Administration did not give authorization to hold that event,” the AVP administrator said. “Taking into consideration the security and prevention measures for our residents, as well as for the event participants, and given the increase in COVID-19 infections, we determined that the request of the event producers should be denied.”

The producer of the would-be event was notified of the determination by email and regular mail, as well as verbally, Salgado Colón said. In addition, the information was shared with the pertinent authorities so that they would become aware of the petition and the determination denying the permit, he said.

Separately, producer Rolando Santa Jr. said that neither he nor his company Chad Events had anything to do with the organization of the Christmas party at the Virgilio Dávila residential complex, in which Spanish singer-songwriter Rosalía and Rauw Alejandro participated, among other urban music artists.

“I had asked for permission to hold the activity, due to a request made by various artists,” Santa said in a written statement. “That permission was unsuccessful and my intervention ended there.”

Santa was summoned to appear before Puerto Rico Police authorities.

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