Sen. Risa Hontiveros to PAO Chief Acosta: ‘Resign your post’

Sen. Risa Hontiveros to PAO Chief Acosta: ‘Resign your post’





Resign your post.
This was the message of opposition senator Risa Hontiveros to Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) Chief Persida Acosta because of “scaremongering” during her “politically-motivated investigations” on the Dengvaxia fiasco. This after the Department of Health (DOH) declared a measles outbreak in Metro Manila , Central Luzon, Calabarzon , and as well Western and Eastern Visayas.
 
Sen. Hontiveros and Atty. Acosta of PAO (photo credit to PAO)
Senator Hontiveros avers that Acosta’s “lies and hysterics contributed directly to the erosion of public trust in our vaccination programs” since it caused fears among parents to have their children vaccinated.
 “And because of this, 55 children have lost their lives to measles, and an outbreak now threatens four regions of our country,” Hontiveros said.
The opposition senator urges the government to increase its efforts for a larger vaccination coverage, especially in poor urban localities and far-flung areas where children are prone to measles and other preventable diseases.
She said the PAO chief has brought “shame and embarrassment” to PAO, adding that such an important agency “cannot be left in the hands of a person with such a track record of lies, negligence, and hyper-partisanship.”
“I call on Acosta: resign your post,” the senator said. “She has brought shame and embarrassment on an office sustained by the selflessness, dedication and sacrifice of its idealistic lawyers and rank-and-file staff.”
Hontiveros also made her disappointment known with Atty. Acosta when the latter did not included the experts from the University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital ( UP-PGH) in their Dengvaxia investigation.
The expertise of the medical professionals in UP-PGH, she said, could have “contributed to the PAO’s probe, ended speculations that the issue was being politicized, and prevented unnecessary panic and fear among the public.”
“Because of her antics, faith in the advice of vaccine experts and doctors is on the decline… A responsible public servant would have called for calm. Instead, she sowed panic,” Sen. Hontiveros said.
“The fact that she refuses any responsibility for her actions not only betrays public trust but also insults all the families she has injured,” the opposition senator added.
Hontiveros concludes that all the efforts of the DOH in the prevention of diseases preventable through the administration of vaccines have been “set back” because of Acosta’s actions.

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