Félix Bautista

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Félix Bautista
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Official portrait of Senator Bautista
Senator of the Dominican Republic
Assumed office
16 August 2010
Preceded byJose Ramón de la Rosa Mateo
Director of the Office of Supervising Engineers of State Works
In office
August 2004 – 16 August 2010
Preceded byHernani Salazar
Succeeded byLuis Wilfredo Sifres Nunez
Personal details
Born (1963-05-16) 16 May 1963 (age 55)
San Juan, Dominican Republic
NationalityDominican
Political partyDominican Liberation’s Party
Spouse(s)Sarah Rojas
Children7 (2 with Sarah Rojas)
ParentsLuis María Bautista & Jacoba Figuereo
Alma materUniversidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo
OccupationPolitician, Businessman
Net worth
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Félix Ramón Bautista Rosario (born 16 June 1963)[4] is a Dominican Republic member of the Senate of the Dominican Republic since 2010. In the period 1996-2000 he was appointed Deputy Director of the Office of Supervising Engineers of State, term in which his privately held companies executed the biggest contracts of the state. Six months later, he was appointed as Director of the Coordinating Office of State Works, a post he held until the month of August 2000. He was Director of the Office of Supervising Engineers of State with the rank of Secretary of State during the period August 2004-August 2010.[5] He is also an active businessman in the construction industry, the principal owner of HADOM Construction and ROFI SA., companies who have been year by year executing bulky contracts mysteriously won in "public" tenders[6] He was sworn in as Senator of the Dominican Republic by the Province of San Juan on 16 August 2010.[7]

On June 12, 2018, Félix Bautista, and five companies owned or controlled by him were sanctioned by the U.S. Department of Treasury under the Global Magnitsky Act due to his involvement in significant corruption. [8] Bautista has reportedly engaged in bribery in relation to his position as a Senator, and is alleged to have engaged in corruption in Haiti, where he used his connections to win public works contracts to help rebuild Haiti following several natural disasters, including one case where his company was paid over $10 million for work it had not completed.

Politically, Bautista is a member of the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD), since 1981, where he has held the positions of Secretary of Minutes and Matches, Middle Leader, Operational Director of Propaganda on the Campaigns of 1996, 2000, 2004, National Operations Director of the 2008 season, and currently is Member of the Central Committee, and Secretary of Organization of the Dominican Liberation Party, one of the most important positions within the political party. On 2018, he was removed as a member of the party after being involved in more corruption charges.[5]

Bautista has been subject to charges of corruption including allegedly receiving two billion-pesos contracts from the same state construction work through two companies linked to him by the attorney general's office.[9] His companies have been accused of poorly executing these contracts nevertheless of over-charging.

Bautista has repeatedly denounced the charges against only seek to interfere with the possible campaign of former President Leonel Fernandez who would run a new turn in 2016.[10] In March–April 2012, Bautista was accused of corruption, with allegations that during and after the 2010 election he had given Haitian President Michel Martelly $2.6m in bribes to ensure that his company would continue to receive contracts under Martelly's Presidency. Martelly and Bautista both denied the allegations.[11] The Supreme Court of the Dominican Republic has set for 1 October 2014 the first hearing in the case.[12] More recently, on 27 March, the Supreme Court issued a ruling that benefited Senator Bautista on these allegations. Indicating that the Public Prosecutor Francisco Dominguez Brito, violated the laws and constitution to produce evidence against Senator. It also indicated that valid evidence was insufficient for a trial of the accused in the case.[13] Several writers,and even the Prime Minister of Haiti, have described and analyzed the accusations against Felix Bautista which they regard as political persecution.[14][15]

He was described as one of the least laborious senators.[16] However, on 21 August 2014, the Dominican Senate told the media he was the second most productive Senator with 28 legislative initiatives presented and 7 initiatives adopted.[17][18] More recently, Senator Bautista has submitted to the legislature in 2015 about 10 initiatives aimed at projects into law rights of citizen participation, entrepreneurship and innovation, expropriation of property, registration and maintenance of public works, among others. [19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peguero, Aldo (31 March 2012). "Vicepresidente se opone a que se investiguen bienes de Félix Bautista" (in Spanish). En Segundos. Exchange rate: 13.9 per USD. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  2. ^ Pimentel, Kharla (8 October 2014). "A Félix Bautista: "Que se comporte como un hombre y acepte las consecuencias de sus robos"" (in Spanish). Acento. Retrieved 8 October 2014. Para el período de gobierno 1996-2000, Félix Bautista declaró un patrimonio de 547 mil pesos. Luego en el año 2010, cuando iba a ser juramentado como senador, declaró un patrimonio entre muebles y pasivos y activos, de 16 millones de pesos.
  3. ^ "Declaraciones Juradas 2016-2020" (PDF) (in Spanish). Senate of the Dominican Republic. 2017. Exchange rate: 46.0594 DOP per USD. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  4. ^ Congreso Nacional, Senadores: FELIX RAMON BAUTISTA ROSARIO (in Spanish)
  5. ^ a b felixbautista.do, Perfil Biográfico del Senador de la República Félix Bautista, accessed 10 June 2012 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Francisco Antonio Alvarez Aquino, Acento.com.do, 21 January 2015, Caso Félix Bautista: Incomprensión social de sus incidentes(in Spanish)
  7. ^ Ecos del Sur, Diariodom.com, 25 July 2013, Félix Bautista revela optará por otro período en Senado(in Spanish)
  8. ^ "Treasury Sanctions Two Individuals and Five Entities Under Global Magnitsky" (press release). United States Department of the Treasury. June 13, 2018. Retrieved June 13, 2018.
  9. ^ OISOE, Félix Bautista y dos contratos multimillonarios para una sola obra (in Spanish)
  10. ^ Noticias SIN, Félix Bautista describe la ofensiva electoral que promueve a Leonel Fernández, accessed 10 March 2015 (in Spanish)
  11. ^ Ezra Fieser, TIME, 14 April 2012, A Year Under Martelly: Corruption Controversy Sidetracks Haiti's Effort to Rebuild
  12. ^ "High Court issues stunning ruling against collaborator of powerful ex-president". Santo Domingo: Dominican Today. 12 September 2014. Archived from the original on 14 September 2014. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
  13. ^ "Suprema Corte de Justicia defiende las valoraciones del juez Alejandro Moscoso Segarra" (in Spanish). Diario Libre. 28 March 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  14. ^ "Ex primer ministro de Haití dice el caso de Félix Bautista tiene a Leonel Fernández por objetivo" (in Spanish). Acento.com.do. 12 March 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  15. ^ "Caso Félix Bautista: Incomprensión social de sus incidentes" (in Spanish). Acento.com.do. 21 January 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  16. ^ "Yvonne Chahín y Félix Bautista, los senadores menos productivos" (in Spanish). Diario Libre. 9 August 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  17. ^ "Senador Félix Bautista el segundo más productivo del Congreso" (in Spanish). El Nuevo Diario. 21 August 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  18. ^ "Senador Félix Bautista el segundo más productivo del Congreso" (in Spanish). Impacto Digital. 21 August 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  19. ^ "Anuncia 10 iniciativas legislativas" (in Spanish). Listin Diario. 5 March 2015. Retrieved 5 March 2015.

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