Puerto Rico Governor Fires Emergency Services Director After Aid Found Sitting in Warehouse

News and Politics | 1/19/2020 | Rick Moran
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A video showing disaster aid from the federal government for Puerto Rico sitting in a warehouse went viral on social media this past week, forcing Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced to fire her emergency services director.

Some of the aid was earmarked for victims of Hurricane Gloria, which devastated the island in 2017.

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The president was heavily criticized at the time for the speed that aid was delivered to the stricken island. He lambasted local officials for incompetence.


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"There are thousands of people who have made sacrifices to help those in the south, and it is unforgivable that resources were kept in the warehouse," Vázquez said in a statement.

Garced said in a statement that she has ordered Secretary of State Elmer Roman to conduct a "thorough investigation into the mishandling of emergency aid in a warehouse in Ponce," CBS News correspondent David Begnaud reports.

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"I have given 48 hours for this investigation. The investigation is to include this warehouse and any others which may exist," her statement read. "In the same vein, I have decided to relieve Carlos Acevedo of his duties as the commissioner of the National Emergency Management and Disaster Relief Agency."

Vázquez said she would nominate the current Puerto Rican National Guard chief for Senate consideration to replace Acevedo.

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Earlier on Saturday, Acevedo said it was "insane" to imply the aid was mishandled.

In fact, Acevedo says everything is cool, no one went without anything. All the items in the warehouse are exactly where they should be.

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"There are still pallets of food, water, diapers, and baby formula, cots and awnings in the warehouse. At no time has it been ordered to seize or destroy those items," reads his statement.

"It is of utmost importance to emphasize that no citizen has been denied any of the items stored at the warehouse," he said. "At the moment there...
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