PIP to decide stance on status referendum bill Sunday
SAN JUAN — Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP) Rep. Denis Márquez announced Tuesday that the collective will hold a meeting Sunday to decide whether or not they will support the status referendum in the island, as proposed in Senate Bill 51.
“After that Central Committee [Sunday], we will announce our political stance [as a collective] regarding the plebiscite that we believe will be approved this week [in the House],” he informed.
Márquez said it is only a matter of time before Governor Ricardo Rosselló signs the bill into a law, since he counts with the New Progressive Party (NPP) majority votes in the House.
Although he acknowledged that the NPP will approve the bill, the pro-independence leader reiterated his decision to vote against it, since it delegates the U.S. Justice Secretary the certification of status definitions for the plebiscite, scheduled for June 11.
In addition, he stated that the option for independence/free association, or commonwealth, will remain in minority if winning the second plebiscite in October, since Rosselló’s administration will be in charge of negotiating its stance with the U.S. government.
Furthermore, Márquez affirmed that the bill draft is aimed toward favoring and “elevating statehood,” which increases his resistance to support its approval.
The House of Representatives is expected to approve the bill today in its ordinary session, after agreeing some amendments with Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz, who authored the bill.