The Office of the Citizen’s Advocate (Ombudsman) rejected the businessman’s candidacy Giancarlo Gonzalez Ascar as a representative of consumers before the Governing Board of the Electric Power Authority (AEE)The attorney confirmed this Monday Edwin Garcia Feliciano.
The reasons for the “negative certification” issued by a commission made up of four officials from the attorney general’s office and one from the PREPA focus on the alleged lack of evidence about Gonzalez Ascar’s experience and education, as well as insufficient information to determine his expertise in energy issues.
“It is not justification. I delivered everything requested and much more. (…) I am consulting with lawyers to challenge this decision in court and I am confident that I will prevail”Gonzalez Ascar assured The new day.
Businessman He was the only person who showed interest in becoming the clients’ representative once the engineer Tomas Torres Placa completes its five-year term in March.
According to what was detailed by Garcia Feliciano, the letter notifying Gonzalez Ascar of the decision was sent, by email, on Friday, but it would be this Monday when the document would be delivered personally. “He answered, last Friday or Saturday, that he was going to challenge that determination in court, which he has a perfect right to do,” acknowledged the Citizen’s attorney.
The committee evaluated the documents submitted by the businessman and, although it was supposed to issue the certification on January 31, according to Garcia Feliciano, he was given until February 6 to provide additional information regarding the matters for which they ended up making a decision. adverse.
Particularly, it is noted that Gonzalez Ascar failed to comply with the requirement to “provide and swear the educational and professional background of no less than ten (10) years of experience in his educational and professional field, which includes, at a minimum, the field of engineering.” , or business administration, or economics or finance,’” reads the letter signed by the attorney.
In addition, the background information provided was considered insufficient to “determine or attribute to his person ‘expertise in energy matters,’” the letter adds.
“When the candidate is asked to elaborate a little more on these aspects, The information he submitted was not to the committee’s satisfaction.. So, for the purposes of that committee, he did not comply with indicating that he had any professional background in the field of electrical engineering, mechanics, business administration, economics and finance. And that he also did not have the expertise, full knowledge in that matter,” said Garcia Feliciano, in a telephone interview with this medium.
Garcia Feliciano announced that, this Monday, they will also send, from his office, a letter to the governor Pedro Pierluisi and the presidents of the Senate and the House of Representatives, Jose Luis Dalmau and Rafael “Tatito” Hernandez, respectively, to amend certain aspects of the Electric Power Authority Law (Law 83 of 1941), with the intention of expanding the powers of the attorney general’s office in the evaluation process.
“The law does not allow us to initiate a second procedure (to evaluate other people for the position of client representative). So, What we are asking is for the law to be amended so that it allows us to immediately go to that second procedure, regardless of whether Mr. Gonzalez Ascar goes to court or not.because he could go to court and prevail or not prevail,” the official explained.
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Likewise, he stated that, when the responsibility of selecting the representative of the public interest on the PREPA Governing Board was transferred from the Department of Consumer Affairs (DACO) to the Office of the Citizen’s Attorney, no funds were allocated for “ run such an event”, which would include, if there were multiple candidates, an election.
“Likewise, we, in the letter, are raising another series of things, because It seems to us that the requirements established to request to be representatives of the client’s interest are that basically the majority of the population does not meet them.. Therefore, we are asking to be more flexible,” added Garcia Feliciano, who highlighted the need to include in the legislation the LUMA Energy consortium, which manages the electrical distribution transmission systems, since currently only the PREPA is discussed. .