Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. – The president of the Senate, Reinaldo Pared Pérez, informed this afternoon that the reinforcement of the security measures in the National Congress was made at the request of the presidents of both legislative chambers at the request of the Minister of Defense Lieutenant General Rubén Darío Paulino Sem and the director of the National Police, Major General Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte.
In a press conference in which he was accompanied by the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Radhames Camacho, Pared Perez said they adopted the measure because they had information that it was intended to occupy the National Congress, which he warned will not allow.
“The legislators, and I have many periods as a legislator, the same as Camacho and Cabrera … the function of us is to legislate and where legislation is here in and not out there, as it happened yesterday, it is here in the plenary sessions of each of the congressional cameras, “he said.
He indicated that minorities should be subject to what the majority decides because that is democracy.
“If it is decided here to support a project in the direction of reforming the Constitution, and the majority so esteems it, well what is there is to give it course because those are the procedural mechanisms established by the current Magna Carta of the Dominican Republic,” he said. .
He emphasized that the military will remain in the National Congress until it is necessary, “because yesterday’s events confirm that the Minister of Defense and the Director General of the Police were right when they met with Camacho and with us at the beginning of last week. They say they are coming tomorrow in a caravan or a march, according to the minister without portfolio, Bautista Rojas
Reinaldo Pared Pérez clarified that Paulino Sem and Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte did not specify who would be the persons and organizations that would occupy in the National Congress, however they understand that it would be in coordination with internal sectors, that is, legislators, “but they did not give their name and surname.”
“But the fact that the Minister of Defense and the Director General of the National Police give that information to one, I think that that has to be weighed and taken into consideration,” he said.
The president of the Senate considered that the number of soldiers and policemen who were stationed in the vicinity of the National Congress is not excessive.
“Excessive would have been if they knocked down Congress,” he added.
On a division in the Dominican Liberation Party, he said that for there to be a division there must be more extreme events, “what I hope, as secretary of the PLD that we are, is that the waters return their backwater.”
For Reinaldo Pared Pérez, the first thing that must be done is to correct the situation that the party is going through, and any aspiration to leave it aside. He said he is in the best position to serve as a mediator.