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PDP files appeal to decertify Ponce mayoral candidate

Popular Democratic Party Secretary General Gerardo Cruz Maldonado

By The Star Staff

Popular Democratic Party (PDP) Secretary General Gerardo “Toñito” Cruz Maldonado announced late last week that a legal appeal was filed to seek the decertification of Luis Manuel Irizarry Pabón as a candidate for mayor of Ponce, for failing to comply with an agreement reached within the party.

“As we announced last Wednesday, based on the violation of the agreement and the Internal Regulations of the PDP, today [Friday] the legal appeal was filed electronically in the Court of San Juan with the purpose of having Dr. Irizarry Pabón decertified as a candidate for Mayor of Ponce for this year’s elections,” Cruz Maldonado said in a written statement.

“Our lawyers will seek not only to immediately summon Dr. Irizarry Pabón, but we are asking the Court to summon him so that he has to testify under oath at the case hearing,” the official said.

The PDP secretary general added that the lawsuit seeks to protect the interests of the PDP in Ponce and “ensure that we can organize in time a process to fill that vacancy with a broad participation of our affiliated constituents.”

“The filing of this lawsuit reflects our commitment to the principles of transparency and public accountability to end a chapter of uncertainty affecting other PDP candidates in the [Ponce] Senate district,” Cruz Maldonado said.

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