Artists reject the draft public debt amendment approved by the Senate
A group of vocalists, singers, songwriters, musicians and visual artists have joined in rejecting Bill 1003 that approved Wednesday the Senate’s amended version to enable the Debt Settlement Scheme (PAD).
“As artists, and even as Puerto Ricans, the undersigned raise our voices in rejecting Bill 1003 that seeks to impose itself and the Financial Supervisory Board with all that it represents. We liberate our art and our spirit with the people of Puerto Rico in defense of our value and our right as a nation to be and remain in dignity in our country,” they expressed In an open letter addressed to Governor Pedro Pierluisi, senators and representatives of Puerto Rico.
The letter was signed by more than thirty artists. They are: Ramon “Muncho” Saldana, Shabella Rodriguez, Jose Antonio Rivera “Tony Mabe”, Zoraida Santiago, Roy Brown, Holly Marden Cruz, Rafael David Martinez, Raquel Gonzalez, Ali Javier Tapia, Johanna Rosalie, Luis Enrique Romero and Teresa Sepulveda and Quique Benet, Kacho López, Mari Julia Rita, Ricardo Pons, Teófilo Torres, Sandra Santana, Víctor Alice, Angel Vázquez, Armando Pacheco Matos, Héctor Escalante, “Pepe” Sánchez, Pedro Muñiz. Similarly, Ineabelle Colón, Feliz Monclova, Idalia Pérez Garay, Noelia Crespo, Rafael Trelles, Gradissa Fernández, Pedro Adorno and Tere Marichal Lugo all joined.
Yesterday, the Senate approved this measure by 19 votes and eight against. This includes a bond issuance of more than $7,000 million to be repaid over 30 years. However, the bill now returns to the House of Representatives.