The Serallés family is one of the richest in Puerto Rico. They own Don Q Rum, a rum distillery, thousands of acres, private beaches, and a Hilton Hotel.
At one point they owned slaves.
Their family mansion is famous…in fact, it is now a museum.
Nearly a century ago, workers lived a hundred yards from the mansion.
Their children watched the white castle that would someday end their childhood…and own them.
Now, a century later, Gov. Garcia Padilla placed 34,500 acres of public land into the hands of the Serallés family.
In addition to planting sugar cane, the Serallés clan will use Acts 20 and 27 to avoid paying any interest, dividend, or capital gains taxes for the next twenty years, on the profits derived from this land.
ONE RICH CAMPAIGN DONOR…VERSUS 69 POOR FAMILIES
Instead of this gift to a millionaire campaign donor, 69 families could all have received a 500-acre farm.
69 families would have become self-sustaining, productive, and generated a cash flow throughout Ponce.
But instead, Gov. Garcia Padilla placed all 34,500 acres under the dominion and control of one rich family – with Roberto J. Serrallés, the Vice President of Economic Development for the Serallés rum distillery, as the executive in charge.
The governor called this a “rebirth of the sugar industry in Puerto Rico.”
Others are calling it a last-minute payoff…
A settling of accounts…
Before the Financial Control Board arrives from Washington, and freezes every account on the island.
THE RICH GET RICHER
The Serallés family produces Don Q rum, plus 80 other product lines.
They sell 60% of the rum consumed in Puerto Rico, and their yearly revenue exceeds $100 million.
In the year 2000, they purchased the Ponce Hilton & Casino.
Obviously, the Serallés family does not need the 34,500 acres. But they do know business…and they obviously know the governor.
If the minimum wage drops to $4.25 for young people …and older people cannot cut cane… then 34,500 acres will be a rich business indeed.
Just filled with indentured servants.
It will be a return to glory for one rich family, and a new form of slavery in Puerto Rico.
SOMETHING IS ROTTEN
“There’s something rotten in Denmark,” said Marcellus, in the opening act of Hamlet. And something is rotten in this deal.
The Serallés are not Anuady Hernandez. They are “old money” in Puerto Rico.
They have good lawyers.
But in the last days of a wounded governor…
Leaving with el rabo entre las patas…,
This 11th hour land grab of 34,500 acres does not look like the “rebirth of the sugar industry in Puerto Rico.”
It looks like the Clintons in 2000…who took $190,000 worth of china, flatware, rugs, televisions, and sofas with them, when they left the White House.
This is so rotten, that tomorrow we will report more…MUCH MORE…on this 34,500 acre felony.
HINT: It involves this, on pages 19-22.
For a history of the War Against All Puerto Ricans, read the book…
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