El pueblo de Carolina está llorando

This morning the Honorable José Aponte de la Torre died suffering a respiratory obstruction that combined with renal failure in the Hospital del Maestro, where he was in the Intensive Care Unit for 27 days. The mayor was hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit of the Hospital del Maestro after starting to suffer respiratory problems linked to his almost 50-year-old smoking habit.

Aponte had been mayor of the Autonomous Municipality of Carolina for 22 years, after first being elected in 1984. During his years of service Aponte in two occasions occupied the vice presidency and presidency of the Mayors Association, a forum from where he raised his voice in defense of the autonomy of municipal governments. In addition, the influential PDP mayor was a fervent defender of the U.S. Navy’s exit from Vieques, a cause for which he served prison time. Aponte de la Torre was arrested twice for invading military land in Vieques.

Both the municipality of Carolina and the commonwealth governments have declared seven days of mourning out of respect for the distinguished mayor. In the wake of the emptied office, the central committee of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP) in that city will be the entity to decide who will occupy the municipal post until the next elections.

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