Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DRNA by its Spanish initials) Secretary Tania Vázquez Rivera announced her resignation, after it was revealed that she allegedly was under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Vázquez Rivera is currently on a personal trip in Boston, Massachusetts, with tickets she purchased at the height of last summer's protests against then-Governor Ricardo Rosselló and his administration. Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced informed via press release that the official's resignation will become official upon her return to the island on November 7 at 5:00 p.m.
"We cannot allow so many transcendental issues for Puerto Rico to divert attention from work. The focus is to continue working and procure the benefit of all," the governor stated.
She added, "per my commitment, this government will ensure a healthy public administration. We thank Secretary Tania Vázquez for her dedication and commitment, wishing her the greatest success in her future efforts."
Vázquez Rivera is allegedly being investigated by federal authorities in regard to some contracts she bestowed to companies and relatives of Capitol Superintendent José Jerón Muñiz Lasalle.
With the release of this news, La Fortaleza prompted an evaluation of the links of the DRNA secretary's links with these contracts and the investigation against her. Vázquez Rivera affirmed that she was not the subject of a federal probe, but she acknowledged that several FBI agents visited her office