San Juan: Puerto Rico & # 39; s Governor Ricardo Rossell announced Saturday that his chief financial officer and foreign minister will resign after participating in a private chat that used abusive words to a former New York City official and a federal control committee that oversaw the island’s finances.
CFO Christian Sobrino from the US territory, who is also the governor's representative for the federal control council, announced that he would stop on Saturday via Twitter.
State Secretary Luis G. Rivera Marn also offered his resignation. Rossell later issued a statement saying that he would let members of his administration who participated in the chat on a messaging system from government officials go.
The release of chat content in local media had led to calls for the governor's resignation.
Rossell apologized for the remarks late on Thursday, said he had worked for 18 hours and released tensions when he called the New York City Council speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito, the Spanish word for "whore" and said to the supervisory board in english: "go f — yourself" followed by a series of emoji & # 39; s with the middle finger up.
"Aware that the current environment cannot be maintained, I have informed all other public officials involved in the chat that I will abandon their services and / or their advice," he said in the statement.
He said he would ask Ricardo Llerandi to stay inland as Secretary of Puerto Rico and to remain Anthony Maceira as Secretary of Public Affairs.
"This is a very painful situation for me, as a governor, as a human being and as a Puerto Rican," Rossell said.
"But I acknowledge that there is no other way out and that there is no meaningful forgiveness on my part that does not include corrections and clear signs of intention to change."
The reactions had aroused the indignation of many Puerto Ricans who said they were ashamed of his language and how this might affect the reputation of the American territory, which was already being watched earlier this week with the arrests of former government officials, including the island. education secretary.
Rossell said late on Thursday that he had not yet talked to Mark-Viverito, who posted a long statement on Twitter that read in part: "A person who uses that language against a woman, whether it is a public figure or not, Puerto Rico should not rule … this kind of behavior is totally unacceptable. "
In the chat, Rossell wrote that he was upset. Mark-Viverito had criticized Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, for supporting the independence of Puerto Rico.
Those who participated in the chat were Llerandi, Sobrino, former public affairs secretary Ramn Rosario and Rossello, who said he did not know who leaked extracts from the private chat. Rossell said he will not resign.
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