Utier accuses Senate hearing of unveiling Prepa’s “administrative negligence”
SAN JUAN – The Irrigation & Electrical Workers Union (Utier by its Spanish acronym) affirmed today’s Senate Public hearing, presided by Sen. Ramón Luis Nieves, unveiled the “administrative negligence” reigning over the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa).
“The executive director, Javier Quintana, attended the hearing to try to discredit Utier, who was responsible with the people to say he tries to hide the intentional weakness Prepa has succumbed to,” declared Utier President Ángel Figueroa Jaramillo.
According to Figueroa Jaramillo, Quintana proved to be “inefficient,” commenting the Prepa director and the four engineers that accompanied him had to admit they were unaware of the capital improvement plan that is supposed to be in force.
The union leader accused Quintana of “bragging once again of his professionalism,” yet, despite knowing Prepa’s plan depended on financing availability, “he hid it until now with the unfortunate general power outage.”
Figueroa Jaramillo assured the Prepa director backed up Utier’s allegations since the mass power outage that left the energy company’s 1.5 million subscribers without electric service for days last week. “Everything we have been saying since the general outage has been proved as days passed by,” he claimed.
The syndicate director added the admission confirms Prepa management has actively tried to debilitate the public corporation to garner support for privatization. “Time keeps proving us right, and not because we know more than Quintana, but because we speak the truth without accommodating to nothing or nobody,” sentenced Figueroa Jaramillo.
He reiterated that in the hearing Quintana “pretended to transform the unfortunate general outage from Sept. 21 into a political circus.”
“Quintana’s disparagement against myself and the men and women of the syndicate I represent, which serves our people, will impede Utier from serving the public and workers’ interests foremost, above any partisan or private interest,” he assured.
Figueroa Jaramillo also questioned why deponents in the public hearing were not placed under oath as Utier suggested, “in order to prosecute for perjury the officials that went there to accommodate the truth to their convenience, with subterfuges and all the support from the government apparatus.