Puerto Rico governor Ricardo Rosselló rejects calls to resign over profanity-laced chat

Puerto Rico’s embattled governor on Monday continued to reject calls for his resignation over a lengthy profane, vulgar and homophobic chat he participated in with close advisors on an encrypted app -- and that was later leaked to investigative reporters.

The scandal has already claimed the jobs of two top aides to Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, but the governor doesn't plan to join his staffers, saying Sunday at a church in San Juan he would look to God to guide him through “figurative or real” hurricanes.

He said his "commitment is to learn from what was done" and continue "advancing efforts so that Puerto Rico can move forward," the Associated Press reported.

Police block protesters from advancing to La Fortaleza governor's residence in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sunday. Protesters demanded Gov. Ricardo Rosselló step down for his involvement in a private chat in which he used profanities. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Police block protesters from advancing to La Fortaleza governor's residence in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sunday. Protesters demanded Gov. Ricardo Rosselló step down for his involvement in a private chat in which he used profanities. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Police stood guard in front of the governor’s residence in San Juan Sunday as protestors gathered near the padlocked main doors and chanted, “Ricky resign, the people don’t want you.”

PUERTO RICO GOVERNOR CAUTIONS WHITE HOUSE: 'IF THE BULLY GETS CLOSE, I'LL PUNCH THE BULLY IN THE MOUTH'

The leaked chat from the encrypted messaging app Telegram was obtained by Puerto Rico's Center for Investigative Journalism.

In the chat, which involved 11 top government officials and political aides, Rosselló called former New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito the Spanish word for "wh---," and, in English, told Puerto Rico’s financial oversight board to "go f--- yourself" followed by a string of emojis with the middle finger raised.

"A person who uses that language against a woman, whether a public figure or not, should not govern Puerto Rico...this type of behavior is completely unacceptable," Mark-Viverito said.

Puerto Rico governor Ricardo Rossello holds a press conference, two days after federal authorities arrested the island's former secretary of education and five other people on charges of steering federal money to unqualified, politically connected contractors, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Thursday(AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Puerto Rico governor Ricardo Rossello holds a press conference, two days after federal authorities arrested the island's former secretary of education and five other people on charges of steering federal money to unqualified, politically connected contractors, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Thursday(AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Puerto Rican pop star Ricky Martin, who was the subject of a homophobic comment in the chat, also urged Rosselló to step down. Another target was San Juan mayor -- and President Trump antagonist -- Carmen Yulin Cruz.

PUERTO RICO GOV SLAMS TRUMP, SEEKS SWIFTER STORM RECOVERY

“I’m dying to shoot her up,” Rosselló’s chief financial officer Christian Sobrino -- one of the governor’s aides who lost his job -- said of Cruz in the chat, according to CBS News.

“You’d be doing me a big favor,” Rosselló replied.

The political turmoil comes as Puerto Rico already faces challenges from the impact of a 13-year recession, a debt crisis and the onslaught of Hurricane Maria in 2017.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP 

It also comes days after FBI agents arrested Julia Keleher, Puerto Rico's former education secretary, and five others on charges of steering federal money to unqualified, politically connected contractors.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.