- Senator Risa Hontiveros has called out Persida Acosta of Public Attorney’s Office for her “lies”
- The senator also urged Acosta to resign from her post
- Acosta is being blamed for the increasing cases of measles in the country
Senator Risa Hontiveros breaks her silence over the issue of measles happening across the Philippines. KAMI learned that Persida Acosta of Public Attorney’s Office (PAO), is being blamed for increasing cases of measles.
Through a social media post, Hontiveros shared her opinion regarding the connection of Acosta with the measles outbreak. According to the senator, Acosta’s “lies and hysterics” over the Dengvaxia controversy contributed to the distrust of Filipinos in the government’s vaccination programs.
“Her lies and hysterics contributed directly to the erosion of public trust in our vaccination programs. And because of this, 55 children have lost their lives to measles, and an outbreak now threatens four regions of our country,” Hontiveros stated.
Hontiveros also urges Acosta to resign from her post. The senator said that Acosta is no longer eligible serve as chief of PAO.
“I call on Acosta: resign your post. An important agency like the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) cannot be left in the hands of a person with such a track record of lies, negligence and hyper-partisanship,” said the senator.
According to the DOH, there have been 55 deaths recorded due to the measles outbreak. At least 1,500 Filipinos have been infected by measles and most of them are children and teenagers.
“Ang aking dalangin, sana naman, wala nang bata o kahit sino pa ang magkasakit, masaktan o mabawian ng buhay dahil sa kasinungalingan ng iilan,” Hontiveros said.
In a previous report by KAMI, the Department of Health (DOH) has declared a measles outbreak in National Capital Region, other parts of Luzon, and Visayas, due to the increasing number of patients being admitted. The health department said that the outbreak can be attributed to the lower coverage of vaccine due to the Dengvaxia scare.
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