UPDATE: Puerto Rico Governor Fires Two More Officials Over Hidden Emergency Relief Supplies…

Updating a story we shared last night; and the latest information only makes the situation seem much worse.   To say this story is infuriating would be an understatement.

As an individual with some personal knowledge of how the recovery process works, the actions by these government officials in Puerto Rico are beyond tragic.  There are people in desperate need, and these stupid claims by officials do nothing to ameliorate ongoing suffering.  This is disgusting and heartbreaking at the same time.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Gov. Wanda Vázquez fired the heads of Puerto Rico’s housing and family departments Sunday in the latest fallout over the discovery of a warehouse filled with emergency supplies dating from Hurricane Maria.

The removal of Housing Secretary Fernando Gil and Department of Family Secretary Glorimar Andújar came a day after the governor fired the director of Puerto Rico’s emergency management agency.

[…]  Vázquez said she decided on the additional firings after meeting with leaders of her administration Sunday morning and officials were unable to provide information she requested about other collection and distribution centers.

“They weren’t able to personally tell me specifically where these centers were located, what they contained and whether an inventory was completed,” she said.

Vázquez did not elaborate on why Gil and Andújar were singled out, saying only that she had lost confidence in them. (more)

Inés Rivera, spokeswoman for the city of Ponce, told The Associated Press that the warehouse is owned by Puerto Rico´s Company of Commerce and Export. Officials with the company could not be reached for comment.  “The mayor of Ponce, María Meléndez, said he had not known about the warehouse and its contents.”

These are direct lies, demonstrable lies, and they only serve to make matters much worse.

[Hat Tip to Guyver1]  The discovered warehouse is owned by the government of Puerto Rico, through a govt. run ‘public corporation’ called the ‘Compañia de Comercio y Exportación de Puerto Rico’ (Puerto Rico Trade and Export Company), founded on December 23, 2003.

The Govt. owned ‘Compañia de Comercio y Exportación de Puerto Rico’ (Puerto Rico Trade and Export Company), is headquartered at the south end of the *SAME* warehouse parking lot.

As you can clearly see above, the government offices (above left) literally share a parking lot with the warehouse (above right) at the Port of Ponce. Any Puerto Rico government official, or Ponce local official, who attempts to deny they knew the location of these supplies and that warehouse is simply lying.

The blogger, Lorenzo Delgado, said he had received a tip about the warehouse but did not specify when. A group of people broke into the warehouse and began distributing supplies to those affected by the recent 6.4 magnitude quake that killed one person and caused damage across Puerto Rico’s southern region. More than 7,000 people remain in shelters as strong aftershocks continue.

Ponce Mayor María Meléndez said she was outraged, noting that she and other mayors were trying to find basic supplies since the quake.

“I spent several days requesting cots and water,” she said. “They sent me to Cabo Rojo for the cots and to San Juan for the water. If I had known that those supplies were there, I would have demanded that they be taken out immediately. ”

When asked how it was possible that she did not know about the existence of the warehouse, Vázquez replied, “That’s what the head of agencies are for … to inform the governor.”

Again, here’s the video.

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My estimate as to the size of the warehouse was correct. It’s over 200,000 square feet.

The video shows thousands of pallets, double and triple stacked, of key and essential emergency supplies. Bottled water, shelf-stable food, diapers, baby formula, blankets, tarps, tents, propane grills, propane, emergency lights, 24hr candles, batteries, flashlights, emergency radios, portable charging stations, potable water cans, cots, mattresses, at least four industrial kitchens designed for mass feeding stations and much, much more.

To give you an idea of the scale, there’s at least 100 semi truck loads of supplies in this video, in this single warehouse.

Logistically each trailer would haul 22/24 single stack pallets, 44/48 doubles, or 66/72 triple stacked. With more than a dozen staged pallet jacks, this warehouse is holding serious money.

It is unfathomable these supplies were not distributed; and worse yet were likely being re-sold on the black market.

These emergency supplies and materials were delivered in 2017.  In January a magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit Puerto Rico and President Trump authorized an additional $8.2 billion in aid….  When inspecting the building for quake damage the hidden relief supplies were discovered.

I did a Twitter Thread [SEE HERE] with some more specific details of what is identified in that warehouse.   Also as a person who has invested a lot of my life in/around these relief efforts it is prudent to be very clear….

The people of Puerto Rico, the actual victims of these terrible disasters, are not to blame for the corruption by government officials.  When those in desperate need receive the basic supplies they need to reestablish their lives I have never witnessed anything except profound thankfulness, kindness and sincere appreciation.

That a government, any government, would intentionally withhold these urgent supplies is a representation of them, not the victims from whom those relief supplies are withheld. It breaks my heart to think of the countless families who have suffered at the hands of corrupt government officials.

There is a basic level of humanity and decency that connects all of us, regardless of our geography.  In the aftermath of natural disasters there is no class distinction.  I have witnessed the very best in people amid relief efforts and seen incredible acts of selflessness from those who -as a daily outlook- have the very least.

What has happened in this example in Puerto Rico does not represent the ordinary people who are doing the best they can each day to keep one foot in front of the other.

I pray those government officials will repent; however, in the meantime just get the supplies distributed…. and if there are more warehouses, get them open and emptied now; deal with the accountability issues later.

First things first – Get the darn help to those who need it.

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171 Responses to UPDATE: Puerto Rico Governor Fires Two More Officials Over Hidden Emergency Relief Supplies…

  1. JL says:

    The western side of the northern wall of that building is an exact match. At the end of the video you can see a sign for “refricentro” and a small projecting portion of the bulding with a curved duct on it.

    Here’s the street view of the exact portion of the building in that video. You may have to spin the camera around to view it. Small bits have been painted since this street view was photographed and the signage is different. But it is clearly the same building.

    https://www.google.com/maps/@17.972175,-66.6128633,3a,75y,185.6h,88.75t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sA6SiW2p1aOQwvDfQwfH2bA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

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  2. gearhound99 says:

    Stupid bitch should resign. She knew about this.

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  3. not2worryluv says:

    San Juan has been a cesspool of corruption for decades. Just like every other place run by the Democrats. Follow the money.
    Next stop the USVI!
    Most folks don’t know that all the “Federal” taxes collected in the USVI goes directly into the USVI Department of Revenue not to the IRS.
    The only money going into the USA agency are SS Contributions. 80% of the residents of the USVI get some kind of Government assistance and I’m going to go out on a limb and say that after Hurricane Irma and Maria that number is likely up.

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  4. hitrestart1 says:

    Love the way she fires officials for carrying out her orders. Yes, the world is now totally convinced you never directed this disgusting debacle in the first place.

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  5. MD says:

    Has anyone seen this story reported anywhere else? The media will try to avoid (reporting) this like the plague. One democrat strategy was to try and blame the poor conditions in PR on Trump to get their votes. Many of those folks are in Florida. I hope this gets reported Monday and word spreads about what went on here.

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    • jeans2nd says:

      It is being reported. Check out twitter hashtag #Maria, tons of Fake News reports.
      Only prob is, all Fake News is laying the blame on just one or two people, not the Guvner, who absolutely knew about this when she was PR’s Attorney General.

      But our Fake News does not care about facts. If it is scandalous, titillating, and able to be blamed on a white male, it’s the leed, doncha know.
      And Pres Trump is always the fall guy.

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      • MD says:

        I am hoping Hannity, Rush, etc will report some on this tomorrow. Unfortunately, more often than not they constantly chase and try to counter the fake news narrative. Tomorrow that will be violence in VA and impeachment.

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  6. IGiveUp says:

    What’s the benefit of the US owning PR? I say disown it as it’s not needed.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jhn1 says:

      The main benefit is not having Russian, Chinese, or Iranian military bases in Puerto Rico. If it had not been a territory I can guarantee Obama would have allowed just that.

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  7. Troublemaker10 says:

    Why is anyone surprised?

    This stuff had continually been going on since the beginning . Remember:

    2017
    Disturbing Video – U.S. Aid To Puerto Rico Thrown in Dumpsters…
    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/10/17/disturbing-video-u-s-aid-to-puerto-rico-thrown-in-dumpsters/

    2017
    BREAKING: Puerto Rican Secretary Of State Blows Whistle On Hurricane Relief Fraud
    https://politicalhotwire.com/threads/breaking-puerto-rican-secretary-of-state-blows-whistle-on-hurricane-relief-fraud.181393/

    Logistics Front and Center in Puerto Rico Disaster. Who is to Blame?
    https://www.shipoci.com/logistics-front-center-puerto-rico-disaster-blamed/

    There we’re stories of Union truck drivers delaying aid delivery over contract negotiations, corrupt local officials, and disorganized local governance (ie no one was clearing the roads so help could be delivered, etc).

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    • jeans2nd says:

      Be honest, Trouble, those PR Union guys are Communist Union guys, self-proclaimed as Communists.
      Our NY Teamsters went down to PR and drove as many supplies as they could out to those in need.
      .
      The question remains – who drove the trucks carrying those supplies to the warehouses?

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      • trump20162024 says:

        “It is unfathomable these supplies were not distributed; and worse yet were likely being re-sold on the black market.” Obozobots have no shame.

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    • Way to stop this crap, try all involved and put them in prison for fifty to life for withholding critical and lifesaving aid for personal profit! Make such an example out of them that no one would take the risk when facing this kind of punishment. People DIED because they withheld the aid!

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  8. mtk says:

    https://www.heritage.org/crime-and-justice/commentary/president-obamas-pardon-oscar-lopez-rivera-trades-terrorist-votes

    And the likes of these just went back to Puerto to live a quite life of retirement.(sarcasm)
    Hell no they where actively insituited in(to advise) and around(to organize) the politicians that need misery optics to shout the evils of capitalism to get elected.

    I smell a campaign ad or two for Florida and Puerto Rican conservative voices.

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  9. wodiej says:

    I am wondering why the people of Puerto Rico are not angry and demanding accountability.

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  10. zorrorides says:

    There was 8.6 Billion dollars additional voted for Puerto Rico, on top of 21 Billion dollars after the hurricane !?!? How can the US ever get Puerto Rico to take its place as an independent nation?

    Remember the old business adage? Sometimes you have to throw money away if you want to save money in the long run.

    OK, let’s take another $30 billion and give most of it directly to the CITIZENS of independent Puerto Rico. Hey, go big, if you wanna go home. This will be the base plan. All the present P Ricans who demonstrate they actually live there now will get a premium ratio share of 1.5. Everyone who left PR after the hurricane will get a 1.25 share. Everyone who left within the past ten years will have a 1.0 share on returning. Those who left within the past forty years will have a 0.75 share. If their children want to be Puerto Ricans, they have a 0.5 share.

    All it takes is an island-wide referendum. The newly wealthy individual citizens of independent PR will not be dual citizens of the USA. There will be no “Special Relationship”. It might take some grease for the present ruling class. The share to the new PR government can be assigned to themselves as corruptly as they want, just as long as PR is on its own.

    I think the citizens could take care of themselves, maybe even for a few billion less.

    Monroe Doctrine, Si`. American empire, No.

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    • Austin Holdout says:

      PR is not a charity project for the U.S. It is a strategic military base. Making PR a U.S. territory allowed us to gain control in the Caribbean, especially Cuba. IMHO, its military value justifies keeping the relationship. Clearly, they have corruption problems that justify much more oversight in the delivery and distribution of U.S. aid. Dems use of PR as part of their “Trump hates brown people” campaign has had undue influence on the amount of aid given to PR.

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  11. Roddy Pineda says:

    Just every ones knows – The governor of Puerto Rico Wanda Vasquez is new, she took over after Governor Ricardo Rosello was forced out by protests, and Pedro Pierluisi was forced out by the Supreme Court. She started her tenure in August 27, 2019 ( 4 moths ago) . So there is the big chance that she was not involved in this situation in 2017 when she was secretary of justice. Also she immediately started an investigation on previous governors and all contracts given to companies like the Electrical company Fiasco.

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    • elletelle says:

      “One of the most upsetting issues to Puerto Ricans was the alleged corruption related to the Hurricane Maria recovery. The storm devastated the island in September 2017, and many neighborhoods have yet to return to normal.
      Puerto Ricans want to know what happened to all the federal money, and Vázquez showed little interest in investigating it. She also angered the public for reportedly refusing to investigate why tons of hurricane supplies were abandoned in fields and never distributed to survivors.”
      from: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/8/9/20798626/who-is-puerto-rico-governor-wanda-vazquez

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      • Austin Holdout says:

        Now she’s asking the question about why no one kept an inventory of the aid. Hello? No one required them to? No one required them to because that would allow accountability. Without inventories, there’s no way to even determine whether the aid they had warehoused matched the needs. For example, has the need for tarps been met or there residents waiting for tarps while tarps are sitting in a warehouse unused? I agree with SD that there’s no way Vazquez didn’t know about that much inventory. If she didn’t know before the earthquake, of course she would have found out as they were trying to respond to that emergency. So why did she request more aid and feign no knowledge? She should fire herself either for corruption or ineptitude.

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    • Joemama says:

      Thanks for that information. I suspect that most of the previous posters didn’t know that she is pretty new on the scene. I pray that the that the lord guides her to do what is right.

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      • visolatt says:

        There are no republican politicians on PR, all are allied with the DNC. The cascade of executives are all from the same uniparty and likely all on the take or in on it, She is just firing as many underlings as possible to insure that she isnt the 3rd former governor of PR in 18 months.

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  12. Rynn69 says:

    “That a government, any government, would intentionally withhold these urgent supplies is a representation of them, not the victims from whom those relief supplies are withheld. It breaks my heart to think of the countless families who have suffered at the hands of corrupt government officials.”

    That could be said about the Uniparty, Deep State, and Swamp in Washington, D.C. The corrupt politicians in government right now have no moral standing.

    This is why WE THE PEOPLE must drain the Swamp. PDJT is the leader, but we must get out and vote the Democrats out. And when they are out, the RINOs are next. Both of these two groups do not represent the people of America anymore. That is as clear as a 1,000 watt bulb in an OR room.

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  13. susanremer says:

    Everything is working just the way it was supposed to – withhold the food and medical supplies- keep the power grid down – make life impossible. THEN ROUND UP EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO LEAVE FOR NEW LIVES IN THE RED STATES –So many 2020 elections to flip Blue with those proven Dem voters — Sundance’s Florida is on the Flip list for sure ! Yes, the PTB are that evil and conniving. JUst look at Haiti after 10 years and billions sucked dry by the Kleptocrats.

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  14. E. Gosselin says:

    This info needs to be emphasized or this new governor (Aug 7, 2019) will be blamed. Already many are pointing the finger at her. Fact, she did not hesitate to fire one guy on Sat. Fact: she did not hesitate to fire two more on Sunday.

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  15. scrap1ron says:

    I wonder who among our congress critters enriched themselves with this particular scandal?
    I know my dear leader, Guv Cuomo, has been so busy visiting/aiding Puerto Rico he had to send our Lt. Guv to my WNY area to deliver the “State of the State” stump speech.

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  16. Paprika says:

    Interesting that the one warehouse contract he talked about started in April 2019. Why would you need even more additional warehouse space 1.5 years AFTER the hurricane when people are still in need? Add in the latest earthquake damage and why would there be any “left over” supplies so desperately needed to warehouse after more than 2 years of need?

    And no one seems to have an inventory or idea about any of this?

    So much corruption, graft, and incompetence while so many are in need.

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    • Your Tour Guide says:

      Be interesting to see what warehouses in Ponce became
      available around that time. Look at all the square footage
      in the area. I’d put it at way past 500,000 square feet. More
      along the lines of 700-800. Maybe more lucrative offers came
      up, so they emptied an adjacent facility.

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  17. tedsned says:

    I think there might be something else going on here that I haven’t seen mentioned. Without a fairly extensive and well-managed distribution system how do you get the tons of material out to where it is needed? How do you keep folks from showing up with their hands out, collecting their plunder then going down the street and selling it for ten cents on the dollar and lining up for the next handout? It is like any government give-away boondoggle. Without the price mechanism of capitalist society the who-gets-what question becomes political, with all the attendant corruption and favoritism inherent in distributing other people’s money.
    I don’t have a clue, but there is a possibility that the local government was so inefficient and so incompetent that they just couldn’t figure out how to distribute so much stuff that it was easier to just stick it in a warehouse and ignore it. That way no one gets criticized for malfeasance in distribution.

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    • tautog says:

      Tedsned said “I don’t have a clue, but there is a possibility that the local government was so inefficient and so incompetent that they just couldn’t figure out how to distribute so much stuff that it was easier to just stick it in a warehouse and ignore it”.
      Somebody had to sign off on the contract to store those supplies in those warehouses! Somebody had to receive the money from those contracts! WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT MONEY?
      As to ACCOUNTABILITY, there will be non. There never is. Sure some may get fired, but I guarantee that they pop up elsewhere in through their political connections. Accountability must involve years making little rocks out of big rocks. To avoid corruption, the penalties must HURT!

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  18. ppanther says:

    let’s be honest, these officials in Puerto Rico, are using the USA and playing the sympathy card to get money and goods, which they are probably selling to some other nation, not giving them to the people that need them. I would suggest sending our own troops to protect the supplies and dole them out to whoever needs them, sending caravans of trucks throughout the countryside to insure there are no unmet needs. That is what the supplies are for, the people! not to sit in some damn warehouse for some thugs opportunity to sell them under the table!

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  19. Everett Miller says:

    Governor Wanda is firing people, but when is she going to resign or be arrested? This cannot have happened under her nose unawares. Firing People is not good enough. Arrest them all as soon as possible.

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  20. Frank Silver says:

    Has any investigator determined the reason why the supplies were being withheld? Certainly, one could rule out any animosity toward the victims, and re-selling the supplies seems very unlikely.

    So as bizarre as it may sound, one of the most logical reasons as to why they would do so was simply to convince the public that Donald Trump was not providing the assistance that he was claiming to be providing. If so, those Puerto Rican bureaucrats should be prosecuted, not fired.

    I would think that the US Congress has the authority to investigate what actually happened and why.

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  21. orlandocajun says:

    This is but another example of electing Democrats. People who vote for Democrats vote that upon themselves.

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  22. Let’s see, democracts ranted against Trump, accusing him of not sending aid, because he’s “racist”. After democracts ranted about Trump not doing anything to restore power, we found that democracts on the island had hidden the power equipment Trump had sent. Over the last few years, while Islanders were catching rain water to drink, it was found that democracts had bottled water, stockpiles the size of football fields, they didn’t distribute. While babies were going hungry, democracts were letting baby food expire in wearhouses. While the Puerto Rican people were sleeping on bare ground, democracts were hiding cots in wearhouses. While people were going hungry, democracts had food hidden in wearhouses that rats were eating. Why? I believe it was more than just trying to make Trump look bad. I believe Democracts withheld supplies so the people would become so desperate they’d move to the mainland and could vote in the 2018 election. Hundreds of thousands of desperate Islanders moved to the mainland, primarily to Florida, and democracts, like Rep. Luiz Gutierrez, bragged they were being registered to vote.The majority of Puerto Ricans are democracts, so democracts did all this to their own voters. They did it for political power.

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