- PAO chief Persida Acosta is accused of being corrupt in her own agency
- Some PAO employees accused Acosta of using Dengvaxia for corruption
- The chief attorney has commented over the complaint against her
Some employees of the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) asked the Office of the Ombudsman to suspend its head Persida Acosta and forensics chief Erwin Erfe.
KAMI learned that Acosta and Erfe are being accused of corruption in PAO.
In a report by ABS-CBN News (author Adrian Ayalin), Atty. Wilfredo Garrido filed the manifestation claiming that Acosta and Erfe used the Dengvaxia controversy for corruption.
The PAO employees refused to identify themselves for fear of reprisal. However, they said that Acosta should be suspended immediately.
Acosta allegedly has two “loyal” certified public accountants named Lira Suangco and Maveric Sales who maintained office supplies for the Dengvaxia cases.
“When the funds were released, it was immediately surrendered to respondent Acosta. The funds that were intended for the purchase of office supplies were never used for its intended purpose,” it read in the complaint.
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As reported by the Inquirer (author Patricia Denise M. Chiu), Acosta denied the accusations against her. She also mentioned that she was not able to receive a copy of the statement yet.
“They are just trying to destroy my reputation. And if it is anonymous, if there is no signature, that is just a malicious scrap of paper,” Acosta said.
As previously reported by KAMI, Acosta opposed the idea that the Palace is open to using Dengvaxia if proven that it could help the Filipinos amid the dengue outbreak.
Persida V. Rueda-Acosta is the Chief Public Attorney of the Philippines since 2001 up to present. She also led the supposed victims of Dengvaxia vaccine.
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