Visit to Puerto Rico by Spanish King Downplayed
SAN JUAN – Alexandra Lúgaro, who is running as an independent for governor, and New Progressive Party Rep. Waldemar Quiles downplayed the visit of the king and queen of Spain to Puerto Rico as part of the International Congress of the Spanish Language (CILE by its Spanish acronym) being held on the island.
King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia arrived Monday night and were received at Muñiz Air Base in Carolina by Gov. Alejandro García Padilla and other officials.
“It is really something that does not have that much importance for Puerto Rico, where there are serious issues such as the fiscal crisis,” Lúgaro said, adding that the visit has a great cost for Puerto Rico, “whose public coffers are in crisis.”
For his part, Quiles said the event constitutes unnecessary spending “and a waste of time,” because it does not help the crisis Puerto Rico is going through “in any way.”
The Spanish king and queen were at the Puerto Rico Convention Center Tuesday morning for the language conference and took part in its inauguration, which was attended by intellectuals from Spain and Latin America.
The event, which is being held under tight security, had hundreds of guests wanting to see the monarchs and participate in the conference. On Tuesday afternoon, the king and queen were slated to visit La Fortaleza, the San Felipe de Morro Castle and the San Juan Museum of Art.
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