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PDP secretary general condemns alleged corruption of ex-Trujillo Alto mayor

Popular Democratic Party Secretary General Ramón Luis Cruz Burgos

By John McPhaul

Popular Democratic Party (PDP) Secretary General Ramón Luis Cruz Burgos on Tuesday condemned the alleged acts of corruption committed by the former mayor of Trujillo Alto, José Luis Cruz Cruz, after the latter pleaded guilty in federal court.

“Corruption has no place in public service, nor in the Popular Democratic Party. Any official who fails the people knows that he has no place in this party. Let them know that every illegal act has consequences, and they must pay the consequences,” Cruz Burgos said in a written statement. “Once the guilty plea bargain of the former mayor of Trujillo is known, we reiterate that no one is above the law no matter who they are or to which party they belong. We are very sorry that an act like this has been repeated; we support the investigation and the consequences that will fall on the former mayor. In this case, as a member of the PDP we must be even more forceful, since the example begins at home. As I have said before, holding elective positions in our country is a privilege granted by citizens that has to be reciprocated with services and [a better] quality of life for our people. Public service is to serve, not to be served.”

Cruz Cruz was to appear before federal magistrate Silvia Carreño Coll late Tuesday afternoon to make an admission of guilt.

The former mayor resigned last Thursday.

“It has been an honor to serve our people of Trujillo Alto for more than 30 years and I thank you for your support throughout the journey,” he said that day.

Since Cruz Cruz’s executive assistant, Radamés Benítez Cardona, was arrested by FBI agents last December for public corruption, it had been rumored that the mayor was involved in a bribery scheme also involving businessman Oscar Santamaría.

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