Luis Oscar Casillas

Luis Oscar Casillas

Luis Oscar Casillas

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Luis Oscar Casillas Gonzáles known popularly as "El General Casillas" (General Casillas) has become the living symbol of the New Progressive Party of Puerto Rico's grassroots leader and is also known for his active role as a communicator in WAPA Radio, a pro-NPP radio station. He is considered a pro statehood political activist.

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Born in the 1950s in Caimito, a rural "barrio" or ward of the capital city of San Juan, he became politically active in his teenage years within the political organization of local precinct statehood leader Jorge Navarro Alicea, who in 1977 went on to become a state representative, and Kenneth McClintock, who in 2005 became Puerto Rico's Senate president, and for whom he served as political advance director during McClintock's tenure as NPP precinct president in the late 1980s. Always a militant activist of his party and his statehood ideal, since the 2005 party rift as a result of former Gov. Pedro Rosselló's attempt to replace McClintock, Casillas supported Rosselló and what had become official party policy condemning the six NPP senators who didn't allow Rosselló to become Senate President. After the six senators didn't comply with a party policy and a mandate to make Rosselló senate president, Casillas led the movement to expel these six senators and started referring to them as traitors. Even after this actions, he managed to maintain a cordial personal relationship with the group of NPP senators who remained...
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