President Louis Abinader granted this Wednesday the Dominican nationality by way of privileged naturalization to the former president of the Spanish government Philip Gonzalez Marquez for being a fighter for the strengthening of relations between Spain and Latin America, and especially with the Dominican Republic and for his love for the Dominican people.
At the same time, the head of state considered that González Márquez gave dignity to thousands of Dominican men and women by favoring them at the beginning of 1990 with its regularization.
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“You are, without a doubt, dear Felipe, a Latin American more, a son of this land. And from today, a Dominican with whom I feel honored to share the same identification card”, affirmed the president.
To this he also added that, “thanks to you and the policies developed during your governments, the Dominican diaspora found the support it needed with the enactment in 1985 of the first Immigration Law with which Spain paid attention to the unprecedented phenomenon of migratory flows”.
These statements were offered by the president Abinader in the Las Cariátides hall of the National Palace when giving a speech during the act of granting the naturalization of the former president of the Spanish government, Felipe González.
“These values, with which we Dominicans fully identify, as well as the efforts made to strengthen relations between Spain and Ibero-America, and especially with the Dominican Republic, are some of the reasons that we believe make him worthy of the Privileged Naturalization that we grant him today,” said the president.
In the opinion of the head of state, thanks to González’s determination, today the Dominican Republic has a thriving Dominican community in Spain, which recognizes itself in its essence, which interacts bidirectionally with the Spanish people, “and which serves as a bridge between two nations sisters, whose exceptional relationships could not be better.”
The governor Dominican He maintained that Dominicanness is a feeling that is demonstrated in the actions of each one of us, “in the vision of the country that we have, of the future that we want to build for everyone.”
“But, above all, Dominicanness is the one that we find, thanks to our people, in every corner of the world, and it is the one that welcomes with open arms the new Dominicans who, like you, Felipe, have given unequivocal signs of his love for our land”, expressed Abinader.
On his side Felipe González said that no distinction moves him more than receiving Dominican nationality and considering him one more citizen, “it is hard for me to express the gratitude I feel,” González said.
“I thank you very much, not only for the immense distinction that you give me by giving me nationality in the sense that you have expressed, which is citizenship, and accepting a package of rights and obligations,” said the former Spanish president.
He stressed that in the 60 years he has been politically active, 40 of them have been in continuous relationship with the country, he also stressed that there are many links he has had with the country and that he has always been available to the Dominican Republic.
He emphasized that one of the best achievements that President Luis Abinader has had has been his handling of the pandemic. COVID-19 bringing certainty to the Dominican people.
The president’s provision is contained in decree 42-22, issued on February 2 of this year and was read by the legal consultant of the Executive Branch, Antoliano Peralta.
Friendship with José Francisco Peña Gómez
Regarding this issue, he highlighted the deep friendship he cultivated for many years with José Francisco Peña Gómez, “it is one of the still images that the Dominican people always remember.”
He appreciated that both shared militancya vision of the future and of the country in which there was no room for anything other than “people first”.
“And that is the greatest legacy that both of you have left to our new generations of politicians and rulers, those of us who understand that solidarity, economic development with social justice, equality and equity between men and women, freedom and the consolidation of Democracy are the basic pillars by which we must govern ourselves,” said President Abinader.
Accompanied by the president, the vice president Rachel Pena, the ministers, Administrative of the Presidency, José Ignacio Paliza; of Foreign Relations, Roberto Álvarez; of Culture, Milagros Germán; of Public Works, Deligne Ascención; the legal consultant of the Executive Branch, Antoliano Peralta; the presidents, of the Senate, Eduardo Estrella, of the Chamber of Deputies, Alfredo Pacheco, of the Constitutional Court, Milton Ray Guevara and of the Social Cabinet of the Presidency, Tony Peña Guaba.
Also, the ambassador of Spain, Antonio Pérez Hernández and his wife Pilar Lladó; the consul of Spain, Pablo Gómez de Alea and his wife, María Enríquez de Luna, among other officials.