Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló has announced his resignation as president of the party he is part of, the New Progressive Party, and said that in 2020 he will not stand up again, after days of protests over the scandal of homophobic and sexist messages exchanged with his collaborators. However, Rosselló did not resign as governor as thousands of protesters have been asking for days, saying they had "responsibilities". It is therefore probable that a general strike will be called in the coming days and that there will be other days of protest.
Rosselló's private chats, which contain homophobic, misogynistic insults and various other compromising comments, were released by the Center for Investigative Journalism, a consortium that brings together various international newspapers, a few days after the FBI arrested two former officials of the administration for corruption. They are private group chats of the Telegram messaging platform, and involve 11 other ministers and councilors. Among the messages spread there are some in which Rosselló calls a New York-based politics of Puerto Rican origin "a whore", mocks an obese man and responds to an adviser who said he wanted to "shoot" the finance manager of Puerto Rico saying that he would "do him a favor".