The Discovery of Mismanaged Supplies Causes Political Unrest in Puerto Rico
Recently, a local blogger in Puerto Rico named Lorenzo Delgado discovered a warehouse with unused and expired supplies from Hurricane Maria, such as pallets of expired baby food, expired water, blue tarps, gas stoves, diapers, cots, air mattresses and sheets. Delgado shared on Facebook the contents of the government-run warehouse, located in Ponce, which caused an angry crowd of people to go to the warehouse and distribute the supplies.
After the earthquakes that occurred in early January, many people are still living outside and need important supplies that were contained within the warehouse. Angry demonstrators are asking for Governor Wanda Vasquez to resign as they suspect corruption as the cause of the mismanaged supplies.
Carlos Acevedo, head of the emergency management agency, said that supplies were being distributed and that nothing was going to waste. However, Governor Vasquez fired him the same day. Additionally, the Housing Secretary Fernando Gil and Department of Family Secretary Glorimar Andújar were also fired.
The discovery of the mismanaged supplies occurred days after President Trump released $8.2 billion in aid that had been postponed by Secretary Ben Carson until stricter oversight measures were in place.
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