Authorized statement of the governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, on the Puerto Rico Senate Joint Resolution 215:
(April 5, 2018 - La Fortaleza, San Juan) "The 3.4 million U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico know well that one of the most important pillars of democracy and the Republican form of government is representation. The United States of America broke with imperialism long ago to create a system based on recognizing the will of the people while preserving the rule of law. Unfortunately, the U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico have lived under a political system where these essential values are reduced and encumbered under a territorial status and colonial relationship with the United States Federal Government. As such, we demand equal treatment for every U.S. citizen residing on the Island.
I support our local Legislature in exercising its important duty of representing the People of Puerto Rico. As they fulfill their responsibility, I am also called to execute my duties under local and federal law, including PROMESA. This federal statute was enacted to accomplish three main objectives: (1) fiscal discipline, (2) regain access to the capital markets, and (3) promote economic development while ensuring essential services to the People of Puerto Rico.
I remain committed to achieving those objectives, meeting my responsibilities under applicable law and promoting the best interest of our people. Observing these duties does not contradict our opposition to any overreach by the Financial Oversight and Management Board (FOMB) when attempting to exercise powers and authority preserved for the duly elected Government of Puerto Rico. The duty of the FOMB is to also observe the letter of PROMESA and work alongside the Government of Puerto Rico in finding fiscal solutions for our continued dire situation."