Pedro Perluisi Says Puerto Rico's Commonwealth Status is "Root" of Problems

Puerto Rico's current commonwealth status has been a hot topic of debate for quite some time. Now Puerto Rico pro-statehood leader Pedro Pierluisi is saying that La Isla del Encanto's commonwealth status is “the root cause of the economic and social problems that impair quality of life on the island."

According to NBC Latino, Puerto Rico’s statehood and pro-commonwealth leaders are currently entangled in a bitter debate over a two-question non-binding plebiscite vote which took place on November 6, 2012.

The two-part referendum asked whether the island wanted to change its 114-year relationship with the United States. Nearly 54 percent, or 922,374 people, sought to change it, while 46 percent, or 786,749 people, favored the country's current status.

The second question asked voters to choose from three options, with statehood by far the favorite, garnering 61 percent. Sovereign free association, which would have allowed for more autonomy, received 33 percent, while independence got five percent.