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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Puerto Rico News Digest For March 29, 2017


DRUG LORD KILLED IN HAIL OF BULLETS



















Drug kingpin Ángel Gregorio Falero Velázquez, better known as "El Goyo"
was murdered last night at around 9:15 after falling victim to an ambush wh-
ile inside a red Jeep Cherokee in the Caimito sector of San Juan. According to
police, several dozen rounds where fired into the vehicle by unknown assail-
ants. The 59 year old trafficker had been a suspect in several murders and be-
came known to the public in 2008 when a pet panther he owned ran away and
terrorized neighborhood residents. Velázquez had been imprisoned in 2009,
but was paroled in 2011. He had been injured last year in an assassination
attempt.  


UPR STUDENTS GO ON STRIKE


From Caribbean Business:

"When the clock struck midnight, groups of about 20 people blocked each of
the six vehicle access-control and three secondary gates of the University of
Puerto Rico’s Río Piedras campus to protest proposed multimillion-dollar cuts
to the institution’s budget. Behind the campus gates, the students will be hold-
ing a series of panels called Bateys to discuss the university’s situation. When
questioned about the strike, the students said it is a way to force dialogue with
the various school officials. Members of the Puerto Rican Association of Univ-
ersity Professors (APPU by its Spanish acronym) and the Non-teaching Exem-
pt Employees Association (HEEND by its Spanish acronym) are also participa-
ting in the strike..."


GUAYNABO MAYOR PLEADS THE FIFTH


From The San Juan Daily Star:

"Guaynabo Mayor Héctor O’Neill took the fifth amendment on Monday after
having been a subpoenaed by the island Justice Department in the case of alle-
ged sexual harassment of a female police officer. O’Neill arrived at the Justice
Department in the morning after being summoned regarding the sexual harass-
ment lawsuit in which he was involved and in which he reached a monetary a-
greement with the victim, a female municipal police officer. O’Neill paid $300,
000 to the woman and $150,000 to the woman’s partner in exchange for the o-
fficer dropping the administrative complaint..."


JARESKO'S OVERSIGHT BOARD SALARY CRITICIZED 


From El Nuevo Dia:

"In view of the fiscal crisis Puerto Rico is facing, Governor Ricardo Rosselló
and Resident Commissioner in Washington Jenniffer González yesterday criti-
cized—on separate occasions—the salary awarded to the executive director of
the Oversight Board (OB), Natalie Jaresko, who will earn $625,000 a year. Wh-
ile Rosselló described the salary as “excessive”, González referred to the remu-
neration as “disrespectful”. “We want to have a positive relationship (with the
OB), but I also have to say that the salary does capture the attention. The salary
is, in my opinion (and taking into account) the moment we’re living in Puerto
Rico, excessive..."


FRONTIER AIRLINES COMES TO LMM AIRPORT


From News Is My Business:

"Low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines will begin flying to the Luis Muñoz Ma-
rín International Airport for the first time starting June 11, 2017, Puerto Rico
Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced Tuesday. The flights will arrive from the
Orlando International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport. Fron-
tier, based in Denver, Colorado, will operate daily flights to both destinati-
ons on Airbus A321 aircraft, which have a maximum capacity of 230 pass-
engers..."



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