January 3, 1985
Rafael Hernandez Colon was sworn in as governor of Puerto Rico, returning to office after eight years. He promised to improve Puerto Rico's relations with Washington and abandon his past efforts to win more autonomy for the U.S. commonwealth.
February 21, 1990 |
Gov. Rafael Hernandez Colon said Tuesday his government will sell the Puerto Rico Telephone Co. for at least $2 billion to pay for education reforms and development on the Caribbean island. "It is the only company which has enough value" to generate the money needed to revamp Puerto Rico's school system and the island's infrastructure, the governor said in his "State of the Nation" address.
August 29, 1991 |
Gov. Rafael Hernandez Colon submitted to the Puerto Rican Legislature in San Juan a bill calling for a referendum in December that would set the stage for a vote on statehood. The bill would allow the island's 3.3 million residents to vote on a constitutional amendment that would require any future plebiscite to include three options--statehood, independence or expanded commonwealth powers.
January 8, 1992 |
Rescue workers in Puerto Rico searched swollen rivers for more victims of floods and mudslides that killed at least 13 people and left 550 homeless. Civil Defense officials said 15 others were missing after the 12-hour storm Sunday that dumped up to 10 inches of rain on the island. Flooding affected 42 of Puerto Rico's 78 municipalities, and the newspaper El Nuevo Dia said the early damage estimate was about $160 million. Gov.
January 3, 1992 |
Gov. Rafael Hernandez Colon, who was sharply rebuffed by voters last month when he backed an anti-statehood referendum, announced in San Juan, Puerto Rico, he would not seek reelection in November. Hernandez Colon said he would step down on Jan. 2, 1993, ending his third term in office in a political career spanning 28 years. The governor's heir apparent, Sen. Victoria Munoz Mendoza, has announced she will seek the ruling Popular Democratic Party's gubernatorial candidacy.