NPP confirms 3 party VPs at general assembly
By The Star Staff
The New Progressive Party (NPP) held its general assembly on Sunday at Roberto Clemente Coliseum in Hato Rey to ratify Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón, Sen. Thomas Rivera Schatz and Rep. Carlos “Johnny” Méndez Núñez as vice presidents of the party.
“The Clemente [Coliseum] fell short,” said Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia, the party president, in his closing message. “The next assembly will be in the Choliseo.”
The governor reiterated his interest in seeking re-election in 2024 to finish “the work.”
“Those in the opposition say they don’t see the work,” he said. “Well, we are shutting their mouths with work, work and more work.”
Pierluisi was introduced by Rivera Schatz, who asked for “the entire team” to win the next elections in 2024.
“We have a governor who has worked hard, who has done the work, who despite the Legislature led by the Popular [Democratic] Party has governed. We have a great governor in Pedro Pierluisi,” he said. “Likewise, we have a resident commissioner who has done an exceptional job, a champion. We want the full team in 2024 to continue the work.”
“We have worked so that Puerto Rico understands that we have to continue the great work, that nothing can distract us from arriving united in 2024,” Rivera Schatz added. “That if there is any internal controversy, we overcome it and go together against the leftists, against the colonialists and those who are the enemies of Puerto Rico.”
Speaking before Rivera Schatz, the resident commissioner said “here we are those who want our party to return to its roots.”
“Those of us who want our party to return to the humility and humanism of [former governor and NPP founder Luis A.] Ferré. To the sense of sensitivity, of empathy that Don Luis A. Ferré taught each of you,” González Colón said. “All of us here have a function. Statehood cannot be only of the elected official, statehood is the cause that moves us and unites us to defend the causes of humble people. To feel that we do not arrive at our homes without knowing if we are going to have electricity or not. That no increases in [the cost of] electricity be allowed, that no increases of any kind be allowed.”
NPP Secretary General Carmelo Ríos Santiago said 5,766 delegates participated for 92%, and 9,500 stakeholders showed up at the coliseum.