The resigned mayor of Cattaneo, Felix Delgado Montalvo, apologized this afternoon to the residents of the municipality who led him for not meeting expectations, noting that “many times, I have been blinded by power and I am sure that happened to me.”
Delgado resigned, today, Tuesday, from his position as mayor of Cattaneo, sources in the new day.
A source in the ruling party said, that a federal investigation is underway for him, hastened his departure from the post of mayor. The investigation, which began more than a year ago, is already at the stage of a federal grand jury determining the possible cause of the crimes. The source added that the evidence presented revolved around alleged illegal donations in exchange for favoring a city council contractor.
His departure comes after several controversies and allegations related to luxury expenses and money management in the municipality.
In September this year, forensic auditors from Office of the Comptroller of Puerto Rico (OCPR) raided the offices of the Mayor of Cattaneo as part of an investigation into alleged irregularities in the disbursement of funds under the Delgado administration, the comptroller, Jasmine Valdivieso confirmed.
During this intervention, they operated two computers in the administration office. At that time, Delgado Underestimate the review.
In an interview with this outlet after Delgado’s resignation, Valdivieso declared that the September raid “has nothing to do with the mayor. It was because of other transactions that were taking place where the mayor, as far as we have evidence, was not involved in anything.”
If he quit today, it’s because he knows something we don’t. Mayors are always our priority and we keep an eye on what they do. The bus order caused a stir, but I don’t see that as a reason to quit. There must be something else,” Valdivieso added.
The observer indicated that this investigation is still in progress.
Also in September, El Nuevo Día’s Investigation and Data Unit reported that the mayor had failed to report an active family business for 10 months to the Government’s Office of Ethics (OEG).
According to the documents reviewed, the first lady of KatanoD., Roxanna Sifre Maldonado, kept intimate La Terraza de Toñín I active for 10 months without reporting to OEG in her husband’s 2020 financial report. The company did not report any activity in the report it submitted to county administration Corresponding to 2020, but the Government Ethics Code requires public officials to inform the agency of the entities with which they have a relationship.
Meanwhile, in July, after criticizing him, Delgado canceled a contract for the 2021 Cadillac Escalade, which Rented at a rate of 4500 dollars per month.
“I had no intention of causing a reduction in the treasury in the municipality. I must say that although the decision was not the most correct, the recruitment process carried out by the municipal staff was the most corrective. My commitment to towards people is that situations like this will never happen again.”
Delgado first ran as the New Progressive Party (PNP) candidate for mayor of Cattaneo in 2012, but was defeated by former mayor Jose Rosario in an election decided by 37 votes.
In 2016, Delgado returned to search for the municipal seat and secured it by defeating Rosario by more than 4,000 votes. In the 2020 general election, he consolidated his electoral power after winning by more than 5,900 votes over PDP candidate, Norberto “Nenni” Torres.