Staggered by a $72 billion debt load, Puerto Rico was likely to miss a debt payment due Saturday, setting the stage for what could be one of the largest U.S. municipal debt restructurings.
Puerto Rico’s government said Friday it would not make a $58 million bond payment due over the weekend.
“We don’t have the money,” the governor’s chief of staff, Victor Suarez, said at a news conference on Friday. He added that the government still hopes to renegotiate its debts with creditors.
A payment due over a weekend can be made by the end of business on Monday. A missed payment would be considered a default by investors.
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