Official portrait of Senator Bautista
|Senator of the Dominican Republic|
|Assumed office |
16 August 2010
|Preceded by||Jose Ramón de la Rosa Mateo|
|Director of the Office of Supervising Engineers of State Works|
August 2004 – 16 August 2010
|Preceded by||Hernani Salazar|
|Succeeded by||Luis Wilfredo Sifres Nunez|
|Born||16 May 1963|
San Juan, Dominican Republic
|Political party||Dominican Liberation’s Party|
|Children||7 (2 with Sarah Rojas)|
|Parents||Luis María Bautista & Jacoba Figuereo|
|Alma mater||Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo|
Félix Ramón Bautista Rosario (born 16 June 1963) 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. 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 He was sworn in as Senator of the Dominican Republic by the Province of San Juan on 16 August 2010.
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. 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.
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. 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. 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. The Supreme Court of the Dominican Republic has set for 1 October 2014 the first hearing in the case. 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. Several writers, and even the Prime Minister of Haiti, have described and analyzed the accusations against Felix Bautista which they regard as political persecution.
- 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.
- 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.
- "Declaraciones Juradas 2016-2020" (PDF) (in Spanish). Senate of the Dominican Republic. 2017. Exchange rate: 46.0594 DOP per USD. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
- Congreso Nacional, Senadores: FELIX RAMON BAUTISTA ROSARIO (in Spanish)
- felixbautista.do, Perfil Biográfico del Senador de la República Félix Bautista, accessed 10 June 2012 (in Spanish)
- Francisco Antonio Alvarez Aquino, Acento.com.do, 21 January 2015, Caso Félix Bautista: Incomprensión social de sus incidentes(in Spanish)
- Ecos del Sur, Diariodom.com, 25 July 2013, Félix Bautista revela optará por otro período en Senado(in Spanish)
- "Treasury Sanctions Two Individuals and Five Entities Under Global Magnitsky" (press release). United States Department of the Treasury. 13 June 2018. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
- OISOE, Félix Bautista y dos contratos multimillonarios para una sola obra (in Spanish)
- Noticias SIN, Félix Bautista describe la ofensiva electoral que promueve a Leonel Fernández, accessed 10 March 2015 (in Spanish)
- Ezra Fieser, TIME, 14 April 2012, A Year Under Martelly: Corruption Controversy Sidetracks Haiti's Effort to Rebuild
- "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.
- "Suprema Corte de Justicia defiende las valoraciones del juez Alejandro Moscoso Segarra" (in Spanish). Diario Libre. 28 March 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
- "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.
- "Caso Félix Bautista: Incomprensión social de sus incidentes" (in Spanish). Acento.com.do. 21 January 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
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