Héctor Ferrer satisfied with Carmen Yulín’s clarification on contracts for Anaudi’s sister
SAN JUAN — For Héctor Ferrer, the explanation offered by San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto regarding the contracts offered to the sister of convicted Popular Democratic Party (PDP) fundraiser Anaudi Hernández Pérez dispels all doubts raised by the New Progressive Party (NPP), about her management.
“The mayor explained that she didn’t handle the contract, that the contract was handed out by the University College of San Juan, and she was correct when she said that the college has autonomy, that they have a board of directors who are the ones that approve contracts. She also brought evidence proving she didn’t ask for the contract to be made and that the contract was handed [at the university]. If she doesn’t have the authority to make the contract, then the College with its Board of Directors does, and if she did not call for the contract to be made, then she has proven no involvement in the matter. These two cases are true,” said Ferrer.
It was reported yesterday that the Municipality of San Juan had awarded four contracts to Hernández Pérez’s sister, Jaycelin Hernandez, even though Cruz Soto had said during a debate with the San Juan mayoral candidates that she never made contracts with the convicted businessman nor his sister.
Specifically, on Oct. 5 Soto Cruz said during Telemundo’s debate that “Anaudi offered services from one of his sister’s companies and these services were not hired.”
However, according to the Comptroller Office’s contract registry, the municipality of San Juan had hired Jaycelin Hernández between 2013 and 2016 for a total amount of $14,820.
“I am pleased with her response. The mayor says she didn’t call, she has evidence, which is a sworn statement proving she didn’t call, and she has another evidence that the University College of San Juan is autonomous and has a Board of Directors who are the ones who decide who is contracted. That is the truth,” added the PDP candidate for resident commissioner.
Ferrer questioned why the political donations made by the Aguadilla convicted accountant Lutgardo Acevedo didn’t receive coverage, even though he was linked to several leaders mostly of the New Progressive Party (PNP).
“What is the difference? When will the donations the people receive from companies convicted in federal court become an issue? The same stick should be used for everyone,” he said.