FEDS WANT COMMONWEALTH IN STATUS REFERENDUM
From Caribbean Business:
"Including the commonwealth in the June 11 political-status plebiscite, as demanded by the U.S. Justice Department, has affected work procedures for the Puerto Rico State Elections Commission (CEE by its Spanish acronym)...Gov. Ricardo Rosselló and his advisers evaluated Saturday U.S. Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente‘s observations, in which he overrode the referendum as enacted for excluding the territorial status as a viable alternative. The governor said his administration will make the necessary adjustments to be backed up by the federal government, and Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz affirmed these amendments will be approved as early as next Tuesday..."
PREGNANT WOMAN GUNNED DOWN IN VIEQUES
Brenda Concepción Gerena, age 19 and four months pregnant, was shot at around 2:15 on Sunday morning along with her 17-year-old stepsister in front of their house in the Esperanza sector of the island municipality of Vieques. The pregnant woman died at Centro Médico in Río Piedras about four hours later, after both women were taken there by helicopter. The deceased victim's stepsister, María Jiménez Gerena, was not critically injured. The two victims had been involved in a dispute with unidentified people in a different part of town earlier that evening. So far in 2017, Puerto Rico has tallied 188 reported murders.
POLICE DETAINS FOUR MIGRANTS IN MONA PASSAGE
From AP/NZ Herald:
"Police say they have detained four migrants in a northwest coastal area commonly used by people from the Dominican Republic to get into this U.S. territory. Officers said they detained a man and a woman Saturday afternoon aboard a 28-foot wooden boat with an outboard motor just off an area beach. They said another man and a woman were detained at a nearby landing area on the beach. The travelers' country of origin was unknown..."