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Governor rejects allegation of gov’t having spent $60 million on advertising

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi

By The Star Staff

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia rejected on Monday the allegation of his soon-to-be-official primary opponent, Jenniffer González Colón, that he has spent $60 million on advertising to promote “the work.”

“First of all, that estimate … is totally crazy. It is totally incorrect. The information that reached the commissioner is clearly erroneous,” the governor said in response to questions from the press. “The amount, but it’s never even close to that amount, we are talking about … it’s around a million dollars that the government has spent. … [Y]ou have to have judgment here and I feel, I feel a certain seriousness when accusations are made. It is major nonsense.”

“To say that the government spent the amount of $60 million on media advertisements, that is nonsense,” Pierluisi added. “One cannot be talking like that, without verifying things, confirming what one says.”

The governor defended his administration’s advertising spending and argued that it has been used properly.

“The amount that has been used is very judicious,” he said. “The government has the responsibility of informing the people of the initiatives underway, the works underway, the programs underway. That’s what it’s doing. What is being reported in the media has a clear public purpose.”

Meanwhile, he insisted that he will prevail in court against the lawsuit filed by the Popular Democratic Party for the use of the phrase “Making things happen.”

“No, that is going to fall into pieces, that makes no sense, because this has been known since at least the 1980s; the government has made guidelines in the media to report what it does,” Pierluisi said. “Since, at least, since the administration of Rafael Hernández Colón, this has been done consistently. So, that case is frivolous. It is not going to prevail …”

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