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NPP Majority Leader: Stop Taking Advantage of Oscar López

By on February 11, 2017

SAN JUAN — New Progressive Party (NPP) Senate Majority Leader Carmelo Ríos criticized Saturday the alleged personal agenda of San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto, in which she supposedly aims to empower herself by exploiting Oscar López Rivera for political benefit.

According to Ríos, the municipal executive “has taken over Oscar’s figure, not because she cares,” said the official, but because of the media endorsement to her advantage by offering her support in light of the Puerto Rican prisoner’s liberation process.

NPP Senate Majority Leader Carmelo Ríos. (CB Photo)

NPP Senate Majority Leader Carmelo Ríos. (CB Photo)

The legislator stated there is no need “to make a parade” for an individual that tried to destroy the government, and condemned Cruz Soto’s inaction in other liberation processes of Puerto Rican prisoners.

“Oscar López has clearly been kidnapped by political figures who favor guerrilla above stability, lack of peace, and poor example,” affirmed Ríos during his initial turn in the Senate session.

See also: Obama Commutes Sentence for Oscar López Rivera

The NPP official said López Rivera deserves to lead a normal life now that he is accompanied by family because, although he believes in his rehabilitation, “I don’t believe in fanaticism, nor political empowerment of some figures in the [Popular Democratic Party], who see in Oscar López what they don’t dare to reflect.”

On another hand, Ríos criticized Democratic Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) for being “opportunistic” in local issues, while he resides in the United States. “I would love [for Gutiérrez to move to Puerto Rico], so he knows what it is like to live in a  territory,” he stated.

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