SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Ricans are waiting for an announcement from the government related to the future of the U.S. territory's embattled governor, as protests continue outside the governors mansion in San Juan.
That announcement was supposed to come down at 5 p.m. Around 6:30 p.m., a spokesperson notified the media that the governor would have a message for the public some time Wednesday night, but could not give a time.
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Earlier in the day, Anthony Maceira, secretary of public affairs, released a statement that said Gov. Ricardo Rosselló has not resigned and is in a "process of reflection and listening to the people."
"Whatever decision he makes, it will be communicated officially, as usual."
Several media outlets in Puerto Rico earlier reported that Rosselló could step down soon. The speaker of the Puerto Rican House of Representatives also reportedly said that his chamber would begin impeachment proceedings if Rosselló did not resign.
It was definitely a shift from what many have seen in recent days because despite all of the protests, the governor has refused to resign.
Puerto Rico's largest newspaper El Nuevo Dia reported Rosselló could step down as early as noon on Wednesday and the newspaper is reporting that the embattled governor may even have a farewell message prepared.
And the website for a TV station in Puerto Rico's capital city San Juan stated that reports of the impending resignation of Rosselló have increased substantially and that everything indicates it will happen Wednesday.
The governor's recent woes started earlier this month when a private group chat between Rosselló and his closest aides surfaced, which included profanity-laced, homophobic and misogynistic messages that took aim at fellow politicians, journalists and even victims of Hurricane Maria that devastated the island back in 2017.
Those leaked messages sparked massive protests across Puerto Rico in the last several days.
On Tuesday, a Puerto Rico judge issued search warrants for the cellphones of government officials tied to the online chat that has sparked a political crisis in the U.S. territory.
On Sunday, Rosselló said he would not seek re-election, but would stay in office for the rest of his term. He has about a year and a half left.
If he does resign however, Puerto Rican Secretary of Justice Wanda Vazquez would become governor.