Rosselló/Carrión

Gov. Ricardo Rosselló along Arthur J. González and José Carrión III, FOMB members. (Courtesy La Fortaleza)

The Chairman of the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico, José B. Carrión, said "the events that have shaken Puerto Rico this week are unfortunate and damage the trust we need to have in our government."

Besides, the arrests of two former Puerto Rico government officials and four contractors as part of a federal corruption probe, governor Ricardo Rosselló wrote in a Telegram chat “Dear Oversight Board – Go F--- yourself,” referring to the federal entity with a  broad financial power over the island.

The Telegram messages between Rosselló and his top aides forced the governor to apologized for using vulgar words.

"We all have a responsibility to conduct ourselves with honesty and integrity. We deserve that our public officials act responsibly in performing their duty, and that good governance gains and retains the confidence of the people," Carrión added in a written statement.

The FOMB head said also that "the actions by several high-ranking public officials that came to light this week betray the public trust and damage the reputation of Puerto Rico. These actions could harm Puerto Rico’s economic recovery at a time when our people most need it."

"In these difficult days for Puerto Rico, the Oversight Board continues to focus on restructuring the government’s debt and restoring the island’s fiscal health. We will continue to work with those who share these objectives,"Carrión pointed out.

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