Puerto Rico senator seeks to make bond payment
A Puerto Rico senator filed a resolution Friday that would reassign US$94 million to the island’s Government Development Bank so it can make a bond payment that the U.S. territory missed earlier this week.
Sen. Gilberto Rodriguez said the money would come from a fund slated for other upcoming bond payments.
The resolution has not been debated. The island’s legislature reconvenes in one week.
Puerto Rico’s Public Finance Corporation missed an Aug. 1 deadline to make a US$58 million payment on moral obligation bonds. It made a partial payment of US$628,000 in interest but did not have enough money to pay the remainder.
The non- payment prompted OppenheimerFunds Inc. and Franklin Advisers Inc. to issue a letter addressed to Puerto Rico’s Government Development Bank demanding that bondholders be paid.