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PDP president accepts Rep. Torres Cruz’s disaffiliation from party

Rep. Luis Raúl Torres Cruz

By John McPhaul

Popular Democratic Party (PDP) President José Luis Dalmau Santiago welcomed on Wednesday the disaffiliation of Rep. Luis Raúl Torres Cruz from the ranks of the red party.

“As president of the PDP, I accept the decision publicly expressed by Rep. Luis Raúl Torres Cruz to disaffiliate from our party,” Dalmau Santiago said in a written statement. “I am giving instructions to the secretary general, Ramón Luis Cruz Burgos, to immediately remove him from all the political positions he holds, including that of president of District 2, and continue with the reorganization of San Juan.”

Torres Cruz announced his disaffiliation from the PDP in response to his dissatisfaction with the Senate for not approving a bill that sought to monitor more public-private partnerships.

However, Torres Cruz had already left the door open for disaffiliation from the pro-commonwealth party and had set a deadline of August for that decision.

Speaker of the House of Representatives Rafael “Tatito” Hernández Montañez told the press meanwhile that Torres Cruz’s disaffiliation from the PDP “affects the party, but not the House of Representatives.”

However, he said, Torres Cruz still has his trust and will retain the chairmanships of the Economic Development and Planning Committee, and the Committee for the Metropolitan Region and North Region.

Later on Wednesday, Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia thanked God that in his New Progressive Party “such situations do not occur.”

“What I really see from the outside is that in that party they have some impressive internal troubles, some disagreements and a tug of war, some quarrels,” Pierluisi said in response to questions from the press. “Peace is being demanded within the party.”

“It’s like, thank God and our efforts in my party that there is no such thing” the governor added. “We are all united behind our ideals and committed to rebuilding Puerto Rico and giving our people the quality of life they deserve.”

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