|In his "Puerto Rico Report" in the Herald last week, John Marino writes that former governor Pedro Rosselló has no intention of returning to the island to respond to critics of his eight years in office and answer questions about the corruption allegations against members of his administration.
While accusations of corruption have touched both major political parties, several alleged offenders have been members of Rossellós administration. In the most prominent cases, separate indictments have been filed against his former Education Secretary Victor Fajardo and his former special assistant Maria de los Angeles Rivera.
All local media have had exhaustive coverage of the scandals and the current governor, Sila Calderón, has established a "blue ribbon commission" to look into corruption in government.
Rosselló contends that he is now a private citizen and that he is no longer required to respond to media probes and "press ambushes." He further believes that opposition political forces are motivated by self interest and the desire to ruin reputations and denigrate public works of his Administration.