The headof the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) has accused Senators Franklin Drilon and Sonny Angara of protecting Dengvaxia manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur Inc., citing they were responsible for a provision in the proposed 2021 budget that will dissolve the PAO’s forensic division.
PAO chief Persida Rueda-Acosta even said the move is an insult to President Rodrigo Duterte who created the agency’s forensice laboratory in 2019.
“This is an attempt to emasculate President Rodrigo Duterte. They were insulting and totally disrespecting the President, who was responsible for the creation of the forensic laboratory early in 2019 as endorsed by then Budget and Management secretary Benjamin Diokno,” Rueda-Acosta said in a press conference on Wednesday.
“They effectively tied the hands of our forensic experts by taking out their salaries, allowances and the like thus they cannot testify in courts for the 159 criminal cases PAO filed against the pharmaceutical company, former and current officials of the Department of Health along with Iloilo Rep. Janette Garin,” she added.
She added that two senators were protecting Sanofi, citing it is a client of Accra Law Office where Drilon was connected with before.PAO is currently pressing charges against Garin and Sanofi representatives over the deaths of at least 101 children who were inoculated with Dengvaxia. SOVEREIGN