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NPP leader urges PDP to cease frivolous complaints against governor

Rep. José Aponte Hernández

By The Star Staff

New Progressive Party Rep. José Aponte Hernández urged Popular Democratic Party (PDP) President Jesús Manuel Ortiz González on Sunday to stop “pressuring” with baseless complaints filed against the governor only to gain “headlines” in the media.

“In October, Ortiz filed a complaint with the Office of the Electoral Comptroller questioning the legality of the administration, led by Gov. Pedro Pierluisi, using the phrase ‘making things happen’ in official government publications,” Aponte Hernández said in a written statement. “On Thursday, the Comptroller dismissed the complaint, as we anticipated in our response to this frivolous action whose sole purpose is to seek headlines in the media.”

“Today we see how Ortiz and other officials of that political party question the Comptroller for ruling against them,” the veteran legislator and former House speaker added. “If it had been the other way around, they would be celebrating, but as that office determined in law, they put together a media show in order to try to sow doubt in something that doesn’t exist, that’s all.”

At a press conference held in October, Ortiz González, along with a group of fellow legislators, announced that they would go to the commonwealth comptroller to file a complaint alleging that the governor used a phrase “I’m going to make things happen” in his campaign in 2020 and that the same refrain is used in the official business of the central government.

“To argue this, which is obviously different, would be to give greater validity to an argument that is false and does not have the slightest chance of succeeding,” Aponte Hernández said. “It’s using the Comptroller’s Office for marketing and that’s not right.”

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