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Ricardo Rosselló defendió sus gestiones y describió la agenda en curso

Por: Osman Pérez Méndez

Con la próxima temporada de huracanes a partir de junio, el gobernador Ricardo Rosselló presentó ayer un plan para revisar los protocolos de preparación y manejo de emergencias, y desarrollar iniciativas para la preparación preventiva de la gente.

Entre las iniciativas, el Gobernador mencionó la celebración de una cumbre entre agencias del gobierno local y la Agencia Federal de Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA) el próximo 29 de mayo, así como una cumbre municipal de emergencia el 30 de mayo.

Por otro lado, el funcionario tiene la intención de crear un capital Rainy Day Fund para contar durante las emergencias con suficiente dinero como para mantener el Gobierno funcionando por al menos un mes, y poder asegurar así la llegada de ayuda y brigadas de emergencia.

El secretario de Seguridad Pública, Héctor Pesquera, anunció la celebración de un ejercicio a nivel Isla, “a base de las experiencias de FEMA aquí”, el cual está proyectado para principios de junio.

El Gobernador destacó que han identificado 12 áreas con prioridad para atender de cara al futuro: energía eléctrica, agua potable y no potable, transportación, comunicación y sistemas de información, educación, edificios públicos, municipios, salud y servicios sociales, vivienda, desarrollo de capacidad, recursos naturales y culturales, y economía.

Durante el anuncio, y coincidiendo con los seis meses del paso de María por la Isla, Rosselló repasó los acontecimientos antes, durante y en los meses posteriores al golpe del fenómeno natural.

Además, recordó que los esfuerzos de recuperación y los fondos federales asignados para tales tareas coincidieron con las labores que tenían lugar en Texas y Florida, golpeadas por los huracanes Harvey e Irma, respectivamente.

“No es secreto que hay una burocracia excesiva en este proceso. Y lo importante es que tienen que reconocer que esa burocracia ha sido multiplicada por 10 en Puerto Rico”, afirmó Rosselló.

Rosselló también reconoció que hay muchos problemas por resolver, entre ellos la situación del sistema de energía eléctrica.

Asimismo, Rosselló señaló como algo que no repetiría la contratación del Cuerpo de Ingenieros del Ejército de los Estados Unidos, al que nuevamente censuró por su lenta respuesta en la recuperación del sistema eléctrico.

Respecto a los trabajos de colaboración con FEMA, dijo que los equipos del gobierno local y la agencia “han estado hablando, han estado teniendo mucho trabajo. Pero esto ya se tiene que aterrizar”.

“Ya teniendo miles de trabajos identificados para poder encaminar esto con trabajos permanentes, todavía no se ha desembolsado un dólar para estos trabajos permanentes”, lamentó el Gobernador, aunque acotó que antier había tenido una reunión muy positiva con las agencias federales que esperaba atendieran los reclamos de Puerto Rico.

ROUND ROCK, Texas  — The suspect in a spate of bombing attacks that have terrorized Austin over the past month blew himself up with an explosive device as authorities closed in, the police said early Wednesday.

Authorities had zeroed in on the suspect in the last 24 to 36 hours and located his vehicle at a hotel on Interstate 35 in the Austin suburb of Round Rock, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said at a news conference. They were waiting for ballistic vehicles to arrive to move in for an arrest when his vehicle began to drive away, Manley said. Authorities followed the vehicle, which ran into a ditch on the side of the road, the police chief said.

When members of the SWAT team approached, the suspect detonated an explosive device inside the vehicle, the police chief said. The blast knocked back one officer, while a second officer fired his weapon, Manley said.

The suspect, who suffered significant injuries from the blast, was killed. Authorities identified him only as a 24-year-old white man and wouldn’t say if he was from Austin.

Austin has been targeted by four package bombings since March 2 that killed two people and wounded four others. A fifth parcel bomb detonated at a FedEx distribution center near San Antonio early Tuesday.

Manley said the suspect is believed to be responsible for all the major Austin bombings, but authorities acknowledged it was too soon to say if the suspect had worked alone. Authorities also said they didn’t know his motive.

FBI agent Chris Combs, head of the agency’s San Antonio office, said, “We are concerned that there may be other packages that are still out there.”

Isaac Figueroa, 26, said he and his brother heard sirens and helicopters early Wednesday and drove toward them, then cut through nearby woods on foot after they hit a police roadblock.

Figueroa said they saw a silver or gray Jeep Cherokee that was pinned between black and white vehicles and “looked like it had been rammed off the road.” He said he saw police deploy a robot to go examine the Jeep.

The suspect’s death followed a day of rapid-fire developments in the case.

On Tuesday, a bomb inside a package exploded around 1 a.m. as it passed along a conveyer belt at a FedEx shipping center in Schertz, northeast of San Antonio and about 60 miles (95 kilometers) southwest of Austin. One worker reported ringing in her ears and was treated at the scene.

Later in the morning, police sent a bomb squad to a FedEx facility outside the Austin airport to check on a suspicious package. Federal agencies and police later said that package had indeed contained an explosive that was successfully intercepted and that it, too, was tied to the other bombings.

Authorities also closed off an Austin-area FedEx store where they believe the bomb that exploded in Schertz was shipped. They roped off a large area around the shopping center in the enclave of Sunset Valley and were collecting evidence.

The Schertz blast came two days after a bombing wounded two men Sunday night in a quiet Austin neighborhood about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the FedEx store. It was triggered by a nearly invisible tripwire, suggesting a “higher level of sophistication” than agents saw in three package bombs previously left on doorsteps, according to Fred Milanowski, the agent in charge of the Houston division of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Authorities have not identified the two men who were hurt Sunday, saying only that they are in their 20s. But William Grote told The Associated Press that his grandson was one of them and that he had what appeared to be nails embedded in his knees.

During an Oval Office meeting Tuesday, President Donald Trump said whoever is responsible for the bombings “is obviously a very sick individual or individuals” and that authorities are “working to get to the bottom of it.”

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