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PIP Blasts Exclusion of Party Candidate in CIO Conference

By on February 24, 2016

SAN JUAN — The spokesperson for the Puerto Rico Independence Party (PIP), Calixto Negrón Aponte, criticized on Thursday the exclusion of the party’s gubernatorial candidate, Sen. María de Lourdes Santiago, from the CIO & IT Leadership Conference, an event organized by the Puerto Rico IT Cluster and slated to take place Friday at a San Juan hotel.

“It is inconceivable that in this day and age, some organizations continue the shameful and discriminatory act of excluding an ideological sector in Puerto Rico like pro-independence, which in the PIP’s case, has elaborated serious and advanced proposals for the country during the past 70 years,” said Negrón, who is also Santiago’s campaign manager.

During the activity, other gubernatorial candidates are expected to participate, including the Popular Democratic Party’s, two independent candidates, and two pre-candidates from the New Progressive Party (NPP). “They are giving double exposure and participation to a single party [in the NPP case]. They give space to independent candidates who have not been  certified yet by the State Elections Commission, and yet the PIP is being made invisible,” he said.

Negrón noted that once the PIP communications team learned about the event beforehand through the local press, they began talks with the event’s organizers, who requested information about the PIP’s proposals regarding the information technology sector, which the party provided, he added.

“During the conversation, we requested to be included under equal conditions,” Negrón went on to say. “They had admitted that our claim was legitimate and they committed to have a response no later than noon yesterday [Wednesday], after their board met to discuss our petition. As of now, we have not received any answer, either formally or informally.”

In light of the constant attitude of exclusion shown towards the PIP, and with only two days left before the event without any answer from the organizers, we have decided not to participate in the conference and make room for other invitations scheduled for the same day, like, for example, a talk at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus,” the PIP official noted.

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