NPP Rep demands Bernier reveal travel expenses as secretary of State
SAN JUAN – New Progressive Party (NPP) Rep. Luis “Tato” León Hernández challenged Popular Democratic Party (PDP) President and gubernatorial candidate David Bernier to disclose all foreign travel activity he made as secretary of State.
León Rodríguez said Bernier “acted like the foreign minister of a republic, visiting many nations as if Puerto Rico was an independent country. It is time for Bernier to speak clearly and inform the people where he traveled since he became secretary of State in January 2013.”
The legislator from Ponce also demanded that the PDP president provide a detailed list of expenses incurred while abroad such as tickets, transportation, accommodation and food, as well as the result his trips had on the local economy.
The pro-statehood politician also requested Bernier present any benefits produced by opening Puerto Rican government offices in countries such as the Dominican Republic, Colombia and Panama during the current administration.
“This government has wasted thousand of dollars from public funds in playing associate republic, opening offices in different parts of the hemisphere despite the great fiscal crisis the government and our people are traversing. David Bernier, as secretary of State, was an integral part of the initiative to open ’embassies’ in other countries. It is worth knowing what has been the benefit to our people from those dependencies, if any,” he argued.
León Rodríguez demanded the PDP gubernatorial candidate show data about the efforts those dependencies have made, and how many direct jobs have been generated on the island as a result.