Puerto Rico’s June 6-12, 2017 political week in tweets

by | Jun 13, 2017 | Political Week in Tweets | Comments

Statehood wins

“From today going forward, the federal government will no longer be able to ignore the voice of the majority of the American citizens in Puerto Rico,” Gov. Ricardo Rossello proclaimed, announcing the victory, after 97% of the voters polled for Statehood. Ultimately though, the US Congress will be the one giving the last word on Puerto Rico’s political status.

 

Water Violations in San Juan

Shocking: 70% of San Juan’s residents are being supplied, non regulated water, resulting in the biggest recorded health and safety violation water in a big city in the United States.

Traces of bacteria, excessive amount of lead, and other chemicals are being found in the water, that the residents have no other choice but to use. The Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority- the ones in charge of  serving the water – has received many health and safety violations in the past.

 

The Oscar Rivera Lopez controversy

Reporter Joe Connor questions Oscar Rivera Lopez’s title of ‘hero’, and wonders if the term ‘terrorist’ wouldn’t be appropriate. There are two sides of the story: many see him as the convicted criminal who enabled the 1975 New York bombings, and other deadly attacks; while others see him as the symbol of struggle for Puerto Rican independence, after many years spent in prison.Like many in the ongoing debate, Fox news reporter wonders whether or not the Puerto Rican nationalist is worthy of the caption of “hero’.

 

Oscar Rivera, stepping aside from NYC Puerto Rican Parade

“He did so because he saw the level of divisiveness that was happening in our community,” Maldonado, member of the parade board said. Oscar Rivera Lopez stepped aside from his own free will, in an effort to cease the ongoing criticism of not being worthy to be honored at the Puerto Rican day parade.

 

Zika threat: Finally over

This mosquito- spread disease, had always been an ongoing worry for pregnant women and mothers to be as it greatly endangers the fetus growing in the womb.Not to mention the many hospitalized and few that died because of it. However Governor Ricardo Rossello reported: the Zika outbreak in Puerto Rico, is officially ‘over’. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will remain vigilant, and control and surveillance will continue to take place to ensure the public’s safety.