The president of the Senate, José Luis Dalmau Santiago, drafted a bill so that all members of the Governor’s cabinet and all heads of agencies that implement public policy are prohibited from participating in political-partisan activities.
The bill seeks to establish the rules of limitation for the participation of certain government officials in political-partisan activities, in the jurisdiction of Puerto Rico and the United States.
To this extent, Dalmau Santiago establishes that the participation of agency heads must be clearly and forcefully separated from their role as public administrators and their participation in partisan political activities. “Even when the government has to suffer the evil of government corruption. This People cannot tolerate confusing the role of government agencies with political activities. When government management is confused with partisan activities or political proselytism and the government entity and the resources of the people are used for those ends or purposes, democracy and the faith of the people in their institutions are too damaged ”.
The senatorial leader recalled that the limitation exists for only four government officials. Namely, Justice, Education, Police and Finance have that prohibition today. However, we see that this limitation is insufficient as a barrier to government corruption in the country. However, recently it has been seen how agency heads have been used to raise and finance political parties and candidates.
“Although honesty and values must be an essential part of every official, it is important to legislate so that it is crystal clear that the participation of these officials in partisan political affairs will be prohibited at all times. No exceptions or excuses. This is intolerable in a democratic society. The government must have honest public officials dedicated to managing public affairs without pressure, threats, or interference from partisan political interests, ”said Dalmau Santiago.
“The resources and public funds are for services to our people, the government function does not tolerate the diversion of money and the use of the powers and access of each administrative entity of government for campaigns instead of to change the lives of our people. Transparency cannot have nuances or exceptions ”, declared the also president of the Popular Democratic Party.
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