The Health Commission will issue referrals for officials involved in the purchase of COVID-19 tests

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The Health Commission of the House of Representatives will issue referrals to various local and federal law and order agencies for multiple officials and former officials involved in contracts to get proof of COVID-19 for the government of Puerto Rico.

According to the first partial report of the commission chaired by the representative Juan Oscar Morales Rodríguezto whom The new day had access, the entity will refer to the former acting secretary of the Health Department, Concepción Quiñones de Longo, like the commissioner of the Bureau for Emergency Management and Disaster Administration (Nmead), José Burgos; the former Assistant Secretary of Health Administration Adil Rosa; the Health requisitioner Mariel Rivera Rivera; and to the acting director of the Office of Health Purchases and Auctions, Diana Melendez.

Referrals will be sent, as applicable in some cases, to the Panel Office of the Independent Special Prosecutor (OPFEI), the Government Ethics Office, the Comptroller’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The partial report does not include the appearances of officials from the Departments of the Treasury, the General Services Administration, La Fortaleza and Mabel Cabez, former chief of Health personnel.

When asked about the reason why there are no referrals to Justice DepartmentOn the one hand, Morales Rodríguez recalled that the law empowers the Chamber to make direct referrals to the OPFEI.

He also added that he does not have full confidence in the Justice Department.

“It was because of an experience I had with the Bureau of Forensic Sciences,” he said, referring to an investigation he carried out about his operations and which concluded with referrals to Justice. “We haven’t even been consulted,” he said.



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