Héctor Ferrer to challenge Promesa’s legality
BARCELONETA — After being elected to preside the Popular Democratic Party (PDP), Héctor Ferrer stated he is considering to challenge the legality of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management & Economic Stability Act (Promesa) along PDP lawyers, arguing it revokes powers from the local government.
“There is a group of lawyers examining that law’s possible illegality, and if they finally decide there is a legal base to do so, we will challenge it in court,” said Ferrer during his first press conference as PDP president after he defeated former governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá.
He said that if he had been governor, the first thing he would have done once Promesa was approved would have been to question it in court because that federal-imposed statute retrieves previously bestowed powers to the Puerto Rican government, which the U.S. government testified upon on a global scale.
The federal government approved Promesa, supported by Congress’ power over Puerto Rico due to the latter’s territorial condition, which places federal decisions above the Commonwealth’s Constitution–a law approved in 1952 by Congress itself.
On another hand, he said he expects to convene a PDP general assembly by mid-April to decide if and how the party will participate in the June 11 political-status plebiscite, which excludes the commonwealth from the ballot’s status options. “It is a decision that the party’s base must make, and we want a general assembly for it,” commented Ferrer, who had served as the party’s president between 2008 and 2011.
The PDP leader designated Acevedo Vilá as the party’s campaign director in the plebiscite, but he didn’t provide details of his work plan in light of the upcoming referendum.
Ferrer, who served as the PDP’s House majority whip between 2004 and 2008, during Acevedo Vilá’s governorship, said he will immediately convene the collective’s Governing Board to outline his work plan, starting with the party’s reorganization after its defeat in the past elections.
The former legislative leader won the party’s presidency with 308 votes against Acevedo Vilá’s 156 votes.