Governor to reappoint Correa Filomeno as emergency management chief
By The Star Staff
Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia said Wednesday that he will appoint Nino Correa Filomeno again as interim commissioner of the Bureau of Emergency Management and Disaster Administration after the Senate did take up Correa Filomeno’s confirmation on the last day of the regular session.
“Well, I’m going to appoint him again on an interim basis, because I can’t leave the bureau beheaded and Nino has done an exemplary job. So I don’t think there’s any controversy here that he remains in that position on an interim basis,” the governor said in response to questions from reporters. Asked if there is another person to replace Correa Filomeno, Pierluisi said: “There are personnel in the Emergency Management Bureau, but the ideal person to lead that bureau is Nino Correa.”
“I submitted a bill that has never been acted upon,” the governor continued. “... When it is vast experience like Nino’s, it should be sufficient for appointment. I think it is rather that there were so many appointments pending confirmation that they could not cope or could not deal with everything. I don’t think there was any controversy regarding the confirmation of Nino Correa as interim.”
Pierluisi also noted that he wasn’t likely to convene an extraordinary session of the Legislature.
“I’m not contemplating it,” he said.
The governor’s statements came after his participation in the inauguration of new neuro-interventional operating rooms at Mennonite Hospital of Caguas.