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[OPINION] An open letter to the PAO on Persons Deprived of Liberty

Apr 07, 2020 - 1:40 PM

'Marami na rin po sa loob ang nagkakaroon ng mga sintomas, pero wala pong nagiging aksyon para sa kanila. Sana naman po 'wag silang kalimutan ng gobyerno.'

Acosta asks Duterte to veto provision defunding PAO lab in 2020 budget

Dec 13, 2019 - 2:20 PM

Chief Public Attorney Persida Acosta claims the PAO forensic lab was defunded to 'jeopardize its operations' but lawmakers have said that the lab just duplicated the work of other agencies

CHIEF PUBLIC ATTORNEY. PAO Chief Persida Acosta wants the PAO forensic lab to get funding under the 2020 budget. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: Public Attorney's Office under Acosta

Nov 04, 2019 - 11:31 AM

From 2017 to 2018, the number of PAO clients convicted of a lesser offense increases threefold. PAO counts that as an accomplishment.

PAO CHIEF. Chief Public Attorney Persida Acosta has been at the helm of PAO since 2001 or for 18 years. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Legality of PAO forensic laboratory questioned once again

Sep 11, 2019 - 8:56 PM

Ex-DOH chief turned Iloilo 1st District Representative Janette Garin, who has an axe to grind against the Public Attorney's Office, says it does not have the mandate to have a forensic laboratory

HOT SEAT. The forensic laboratory of the Public Attorney's Office headed by Persida Acosta is once again under fire. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Acosta to Ombudsman: Junk outright 'overstocking' complaint

Aug 20, 2019 - 8:38 PM

Acosta says there is not enough legal basis to preventively suspend her and her forensic chief Erwin Erfe

PAO ISSUE. PAO chief Persida Acosta and her forensic chief Erwin Erfe face a complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Martires: Accusations vs Acosta will be 'judiciously scrutinized'

Aug 16, 2019 - 4:22 PM

An earlier complaint against chief public attorney Persida Acosta is now undergoing preliminary investigation

PAO INVESTIGATION. Ombudsman Samuel Martires vows to "judiciously scrutinize" the accusations against Public Attorney's Office (PAO) chief Persida Acosta. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PAO issue: Employees disown letter complaint vs Acosta

Aug 16, 2019 - 9:44 AM

Over a hundred public lawyers sign a manifesto disowning the letter against their chief Persida Acosta

MANIFESTO. Over a hundred public attorneys from the PAO Central Office sign a manifesto disowning a letter to the Office of the Ombudsman accusing PAO chief Persida Acosta of using Dengvaxia cases to "obtain extra funds" File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PAO lawyers accuse Acosta of using Dengvaxia cases to get 'extra funds'

Aug 15, 2019 - 11:41 AM

(UPDATED) The unnamed lawyers ask the Office of the Ombudsman 'to use its power to conduct an investigation' against PAO chief Persida Acosta and forensics chief Erwin Erfe

LETTER COMPLAINT. Unnamed PAO lawyers accuse chief public attorney Persida Acosta of deliberately overstocking office supplies to "obtain extra funds." File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Noynoy Aquino: Baseless claims of Acosta to blame for vaccination crisis

Feb 23, 2019 - 10:13 PM

The health department says the Dengvaxia controversy is the reason the drop in the number of vaccinations

DENGVAXIA SCARE. Former President Benigno Aquino III addresses the Dengvaxia scare in a rare speech during the opposition people power rally on February 23, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Vaccine scare: PAO chief not to blame for 'impassioned advocacy,' says Panelo

Feb 07, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Malacañang says it would be up to PAO chief Persida Acosta to act on claims that her handling of the Dengvaxia controversy discouraged parents from having their kids vaccinated against measles

Senate hearing for Dengvaxia case. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 28, 2018

Feb 28, 2018 - 12:12 PM

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House opposition to Duterte: Order Acosta to ‘stop pseudo-forensic intervention’

Feb 27, 2018 - 5:02 PM

The PAO chief had refused to accede to a UP-PGH's panel's request for access to the tissue samples of Dengvaxia-vaccinated children who died

Congressman tells Acosta: ‘Don’t be combative,’ cooperate with DOH

Feb 26, 2018 - 5:08 PM

Representative Johnny Pimentel reminds Public Attorney's Office chief Persida Acosta that PAO should be coordinating with the DOH in investigating Dengvaxia deaths

'COMBATIVE.' PAO chief Persida Acosta delivers her presentation during the House hearing into the Dengvaxia probe on February 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION] Circling the wagons: The 'Doctors for Truth' and the Dengvaxia scandal

Feb 11, 2018 - 8:45 PM

The distrust of experts stems from the fact that in the case of Dengvaxia, the experts have so spectacularly failed the people on a matter of public trust

Gordon advises PAO chief: ‘Don’t be too noisy’

Feb 10, 2018 - 3:09 PM

Senator Richard Gordon gives the tip to Public Attorney's Office chief Persida Acosta, who he says is 'doing well' in handling the investigation of the Dengvaxia-linked deaths

ALBAY VISIT. Senator Richard Gordon, who is Philippine Red Cross chairman, visits Guinobatan, Albay, on February 10, 2018, for Mayon relief operations. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Senate blue ribbon to summon PAO's Acosta, Erfe to Dengvaxia probe

Feb 06, 2018 - 11:01 AM

Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito questions why the Public Attorney's Office refuses to cooperate with medical experts from the UP-PGH

Parents of 11yr old Christine Mae De Guzman and father (in yellow) of 10yr old Anjielica Pestilos, children who allegedly died after receiving the school-based Dengvaxia immunisation program of the DOH, is accompanied by PAO chief Persida Acosta as they meet and inquire with DOJ secretary Vitaliano Aguirre III for possible cases they can file against the people involved before the DOJ in Manila on December 19, 2017.  Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Expert warns vs wild claims linked to Dengvaxia

Feb 05, 2018 - 4:57 PM

The Public Attorney's Office files a civil case demanding damages amounting to P4 million against former health officials, along with officials of Sanofi Pasteur and distributor Zuellig Pharma

DENGVAXIA. PAO's forensics head Erwin Erfe says a 10-year-old vaccinated child was found with signs of the rare vaccine-related viscerotropic disease during a press conference on February 5, 2018. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

DOH considers UP-PGH findings as primary 'evidence’ on Dengvaxia

Feb 02, 2018 - 8:41 PM

The DOH is willing to share the UP-PGH's findings to the Public Attorney's Office, which is conducting its own exhumation and forensic examination of other children vaccinated with Dengvaxia

DOH-TRUSTED EXPERTS. Doctors Maria Cecilia Lim, Gerardo Legaspi, and Juliet Sio-Aguilar discuss the findings of the UP-PGH panel on 14 Dengvaxia deaths. Screenshots by Rappler

Nazareno 2018, PAO probes Dengvaxia death, U.S. on Salvadoran immigrants | Midday wRap

Jan 09, 2018 - 12:44 PM

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PAO insists on examining Dengvaxia deaths without UP-PGH experts

Jan 08, 2018 - 10:35 PM

PAO and VACC set up a Help Desk for families who seek legal assistance

PAO chief Persida Acosta (center) discuss how dengue attack the human syndrome they discovered during autopsy of body of students who undergone the mass vaccination with denvaxia vaccine for dengue prevention at a press conference on Monday, at the PAO Office attended by parents and victims of the government anti-dengue mass vaccination. Also in photo are parents of (right side) and pictures of students allegedly died after a few months from dengvaxia vaccination Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PAO wants to include in Kian case all cops involved in Caloocan raid

Sep 14, 2017 - 4:49 PM

PAO chief Persida Acosta says she s confident they have an airtight complaint in the Kian complaint

JUSTICE FOR KIAN. Protesters, neighbors, and friends of Kian Loyd Delos Santos light candles to express their call for justice on the death of the slain kid. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Double murder complaint vs cops, taxi driver in Carl Arnaiz, Kulot killings

Sep 14, 2017 - 1:47 PM

UPDATED The Public Attorney s Office assist the families of Carl Arnaiz and Reynaldo de Guzman in filing the complaint before the Department of Justice

COMPLAINT FILED. Parents of Carl Angelo Arnaiz take their oath as they file a double murder case against two Caloocan policemen and taxi driver Tomas Bagcal before the Department of Justice on September 14, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

If investigators call for it, 'Kulot' will be exhumed – PNP

Sep 13, 2017 - 7:24 PM

Until then the body found in Nueva Ecija believed to be Reynaldo de Guzman remains buried in Pasig City

SEALED. Reynaldo de Guzman has been laid to rest on Wednesday, September 13. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PAO contradicts PNP, insists dead boy in Nueva Ecija is Reynaldo de Guzman

Sep 11, 2017 - 6:25 PM

Somebody is trying to muddle the investigation says Public Attorneys Office chief Persida Acosta

PARENTS. Eddie De Guzman waits at the funeral parlor in Gapan, Nueva Ecija so he and wife Lina could take home the body of the boy they say is their son. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

[Newspoint] The general lets a round tear fall

Sep 09, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Dela Rosa – and also the public attorney, Persida Acosta, who shared his sentiments with similar moistness – may have been genuinely, deeply hurt, but their reaction seems to me just too self-centered, too insensitive, too disproportionate for tears

This time, Taytay priest faces non-bailable charges

Sep 05, 2017 - 9:47 PM

Monsignor Arnel Lagarejos is now accused of qualified trafficking a non bailable offense because of two other incidents involving him

CASE VS MONSIGNOR. Social workers cover the face of a 13-year old alleged rape victim as she arrives at the Department of Justice to file criminal charges against Monsignor Arnel Lagarejos of Taytay, Rizal. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Dela Rosa cries again in Senate hearing, insists 'no policy to kill'

Sep 05, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Public Attorney s Office chief Persida Acosta also sheds tears as she defends the police from allegations of state sanctioned killings

CRYING BATO. Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa turns emotional at the Senate hearing on the death of teenager Kian delos Santos on September 5, 2017

Kian and Carl: What the deaths of two boys have in common

Sep 04, 2017 - 10:16 PM

(UPDATED) Kian delos Santos, 17, and Carl Arnaiz, 19 – handcuffed, kneeling – were killed by Caloocan policemen two days apart

BOYS KILLED. Kian delos Santos (L) and Carl Arnaiz are boys both killed in police operations for supposedly fighting back. Photos from their Facebook pages

Carl Arnaiz handcuffed, beaten up, killed – PAO autopsy

Sep 04, 2017 - 4:40 PM

Findings of the Public Attorney s Office show the 19 year old was kneeling when initially shot then killed with more shots after he was lying on the ground

ANOTHER KIAN? PAO Chief Persida Acosta says there are parallelisms between the killing of Kian delos Santos and Carl Arnaiz. The 19-year-old Arnaiz' parents and sister went to the DOJ on September 4, 2017. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

PAO wants to take Kian witnesses from Hontiveros

Aug 24, 2017 - 6:33 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II also says the credibility of the witnesses will be affected because Hontiveros is a vocal Duterte critic

KIAN CASE. PAO forensic consultant Dr Erwin Erfe and chief Persida Acosta attends the Senate hearing into the Kian delos Santos case on August 24, 2017.‹ Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Nakaluhod tapos nasubsob': How Kian was shot, according to PAO

Aug 22, 2017 - 12:30 PM

Bullet trajectory and entry wounds point to murder says Public Attorney s Office chief Persida Acosta

CRIME SCENE. PAO Chief Persida Acosta visits the area where Kian delos Santos was shot and killed during a police anti-illegal drugs operation at Brgy. 160 in Caloocan City on Aug. 16, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

2 shots in the ears, 1 in the back killed Kian – PAO autopsy

Aug 21, 2017 - 11:02 PM

One of Kian s 3 fatal wounds is a treacherous wound PAO Chief Acosta says

INVESTIGATION. Public Attorney's Office chief Persida Acosta on Monday, August 21, checks out the spot where 17-year-old Kian delos Santos was allegedly killed by cops in an anti-drug raid in Caloocan City on August 16. She was accompanied by the boy's father (in green shirt). Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Gov't officials who visited Kian delos Santos' wake

Aug 21, 2017 - 9:10 PM

Officials call for justice and a thorough investigation into the killing of the teenager whose death has sparked outrage against the government s war on drugs

Photo by Ange De Silva/Rappler

Persida Acosta and a justice’s cogitations

Nov 18, 2016 - 8:58 AM

Let s continue asking candidates for the Supreme Court really tough questions

PAO chief favors tougher adultery penalties on women

Nov 16, 2016 - 10:44 PM

[Sa] adultery and concubinage dapat mas mahigpit sa babae kaysa sa lalaki Dahil ang babae ang ilaw ng tahanan chief public attorney Persida Acosta says

TOUGHER ON WOMEN. Chief public attorney Persida Acosta favors tougher penalties on women committing adultery. Screenshot from PTV

Persida Acosta, Zika in PH, U.S.-PH military | 12PM wRap

Nov 16, 2016 - 2:42 PM

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PAO chief too close to exec branch? 'I have shown my independence'

Nov 16, 2016 - 2:37 PM

Chief public attorney Persida Acosta says she has shown her independence while serving under 3 presidents

JBC grills PAO chief: Read up on SC cases

Nov 16, 2016 - 10:58 AM

The JBC s Angelina Sandoval Gutierrez asks Acosta about her stance on controversial SC cases – but the PAO chief admits she has read about them only in the newspapers

READ UP. Chief public attorney Persida Acosta is interviewed for her application for Supreme Court associate justice. Photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

Imee Marcos backing chief public attorney's SC bid?

Oct 08, 2016 - 9:25 PM

The daughter of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos has reportedly endorsed the Supreme Court bid of chief public attorney Persida Acosta according to sources from the legal community

THE MARCOSES. In this file photo, Ilocos Norte Govenor Imee Marcos is shown filing her certificate of candidacy for the 2016 polls with brother Bongbong Marcos and mother Imelda Marcos on October 16, 2015. Photo from the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte

How the Public Attorney's Office fits in the war against drugs

Sep 11, 2016 - 2:00 PM

For those voluntarily surrendering to police or seeking to clear their name in the war against drugs the Public Attorney s Office serves to ensure their legal rights are respected

WAR ON DRUGS. A Philippine policeman stands guard as people queue up to register with the police during the mass surrender of some 1,000 alleged drug users and pushers in the town of Tanauan on July 18, 2016. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

DBM blocking benefits of PAO lawyers? Both have basis – DOJ

Jun 21, 2016 - 11:16 AM

Justice Secretary Emmanuel Caparas says both parties arguments prescind from a divergence in the interpretation of the PAO law and the Prosecution Service Act of 2010

WITH LEGAL BASIS. While the Department of Justice is 'constrained' in releasing its opinion, Secretary Emmanuel Caparas says both the Public Attorney's Office and the Department of Budget and Management have legal basis for their arguments.

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Nov 04, 2015 - 8:11 PM

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PAO opens hotline for victims of bullet-planting scam

Nov 04, 2015 - 11:51 AM

PAO chief Persida Acosta also says those found guilty of planting bullets in passengers luggage may be criminally charged

FEAR AND ANGER. The alleged bullet-planting scheme in NAIA has drawn widespread anger and concers among travelers. Photo from MIAA

QC salutatorian allowed to enroll in UST

Aug 04, 2015 - 3:59 PM

UPDATED The University of Santo Tomas accepts Krisel Mallari into its accountancy program after her Catholic high school delayed issuing her a certificate of good moral character

PAO chief: UST not yet decided on QC salutatorian's enrollment

Jul 31, 2015 - 7:51 PM

University officials will meet on Tuesday August 4 to discuss Krisel Mallari s late submission of her certificate of good moral character

INTERRUPTED. Krisel Mallari, a graduating student from the Sto Niño Parochial School in Quezon City, is interrupted by school officials as she delivers her salutatorian speech that hinted on her school’s lack of fairness. Screengrab from YouTube

QC school defies court order to release salutatorian's documents

Jul 29, 2015 - 6:23 PM

The Public Attorney s Office plans to file a motion for the Court of Appeals Second Division to cite the Santo Niño Parochial School in contempt

INTERRUPTED. Krisel Mallari, a graduating student from the Sto Niño Parochial School in Quezon City, is interrupted by school officials as she delivers her salutatorian speech that hinted on her school’s lack of fairness. Screengrab from YouTube

PODCAST: Sergio can save Mary Jane Veloso – PAO chief

May 24, 2015 - 10:30 AM

How could Cristina Sergio be instrumental in securing Mary Jane Veloso s total freedom?

Dismissed PMA cadet seeks lawmakers' help

Mar 31, 2014 - 2:30 PM

The Cudia family wants the Philippine Military Academy to give him his diploma

Is Kris Aquino telegraphing PNoy's position in PMA issue?

Mar 12, 2014 - 4:16 PM

Presidential sister Kris Aquino has taken the side of the PMA in the debate pitting the academy against Cadet Jeff Cudia Does the President share her opinion?

STILL HOPEFUL: Renato Cudia and daughter Annavee in Camp Aguinaldo to furnish the military hierarchy with Cadet Jeff Cudia's new appeal. Rappler photo

Detained 'royal army' can't afford reduced bail

Apr 08, 2013 - 3:21 PM

The Public Attorney s Office files a motion the detainees can only afford P9 000 each

ROYAL ARMY: 35 suspected members of the Royal Security Force are detained at a naval base in Tawi-Tawi. File photo by Rappler/Carmela Fonbuena