PIP’s Martín: PDP Status Proposal is More of the Same
SAN JUAN – The Popular Democratic Party proposal to address the political relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States is more of the same because it puts forward things that are not realistic within the context of the U.S. government, Fernando Martín, president of the Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP) says.
“History has taught us about the [PDP] rhetoric on the status issue,” he said, adding that the PDP is a master when it comes to handling words and concepts in general terms that never conclude anything.
Martín said the PDP always talks about sovereignty of the people not of the state, and contrary to what the PDP claims, sovereignty does have to do with free association.
He also said attention should be paid to the PDP stance on the status issue because the party could be using it as an excuse to avoid discussing the performance of Gov. Alejandro García Padilla’s administration.
On Thursday, in its first meeting with David Bernier as president, the PDP’s board approved a resolution to address the status issue, seeking the greatest degree of autonomy within the union with the United States.