Puerto Rico Governor-elect Garcia Padilla names more cabinet members

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    Alejandro Garcia Padilla, candidate for governor of Puerto Rico, of the pro-commonwealth Popular Democratic Party, celebrates with supporters in San Juan, Puerto Rico, as the first tallied votes mark a tendency in his favor early Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. Incumbent Gov. Luis Fortuno conceded defeat to Garcia Padilla in a close election with a margin less than 1 percent. (AP Photo/Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo)

    Puerto Rico governor-elect Alejandro Garcia Padilla has lost no time in putting together his cabinet ahead of his January 2 inauguration in San Juan.

    The latest addition to his team was the head of the Department of Justice of Puerto Rico, Luis Sanchez Betances, who said in a press conference this week that he would strive to protect those who have been marginalized.

    “We will be firm in the will to fight against violence, organized crime and combating corruption, plagues that have no place in our society,” Sanchez Betances said. “In that same way, we will ensure the civil rights of the marginalized.”

    Garcia-Padilla’s heads of economic cabinet

    Late last month, Garcia Padilla designated the heads of his economic cabinet. The governor-elect named Alberto Baco Bague, Antonio Medina Comas, Ingrid Rivera and Francisco Chevere as the leaders of the Department of Economic Development and Commerce of Puerto Rico, the Industrial Development Company of Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rico Tourism Company and the Trade and Export Company of Puerto Rico, respectively.

    Baco Bague, a member of Garcia Padilla’s transition team, works as a business and legal adviser, while Medina Comas works for Merck, the pharmaceutical company, as chief financial officer for the company in Brazil.

    The designation of Rivera as the boss at the tourism company was heralded by New America Alliance (NAA). Rivera serves as a board member for the NAA and co-chairs their marketing and communications committee.

    “We are extremely proud of Ingrid’s designation to such an important position in Puerto Rico’s new cabinet,” said Cyril Meduña in a press release. Meduña is also a NAA board member and is managing partner at Advent-Morro Equity Partners, the venture capital firm in San Juan where Rivera currently serves as director of investor relations.

    “Puerto Rico, like most of the states in the U.S., faces huge economic challenges, and while we are sad to see Ingrid go, she is the best person for the job,” Meduña said.

    Meanwhile, Chevere, who has a degree in economics and government from Georgetown University, comes to lead trade and export after working for Puerto Rican law firm McConnell Valdes.

    The first two officials Garcia Padilla designated were secretary of state—a post he gave to the current president of the Olympic Committee of Puerto Rico, David Bernier—and secretary of government, which went to former sub-secretary of government Ingrid Vila Biaggi.

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