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PAO paid P4.8M for building plan and design without complete docs – COA

May 03, 2018 - 11:09 AM

Despite the two agencies submitting only 2 out of 16 required documents PAO pays the NHA and DPWH for a design and planning contract

Dengvaxia death? Parents sue Duque for obstruction of justice

Apr 24, 2018 - 6:49 PM

The parents say the release of documents could have prevented their daughter's death

DOH secretary Francisco Duque III attends the congress hearing on the controversial government immunization program on February 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Dengvaxia victims' kin file complaint vs DOH, Sanofi, Zuellig execs

Apr 06, 2018 - 7:30 AM

The respondents are accused of 'intentionally inoculating the Dengvaxia recipients with an unsafe product undergoing clinical trial, which caused [their]...untimely death'

SEEKING JUSTICE. Families of children whose deaths after receiving Dengvaxia are being investigated accompany Public Attorney’s Office chief Persida Acosta in filing criminal complaints against 35 officials of the Department of Health, Sanofi Pasteur, and Zuellig Pharma at the Department of Justice in Manila on Thursday, April 5, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

Aquino says unqualified 'experts' politicized Dengvaxia probe

Feb 26, 2018 - 12:11 PM

At the House hearing, the former president once more defends his administration's decision to implement an unprogrammed dengue vaccination campaign

PROGRAM UNDER SCRUTINY. Former president Beningo Aquino and former Cabinet chiefs Janette Garin (in pink) and Butch Abad (right) attend a House probe into the dengvaxia mass vaccination program. Photo by Darren Langit/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

Sison on NPA, Doctors’ group on Dengvaxia, Democrats on Trump | Midday wRap

Feb 05, 2018 - 12:31 PM

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'Stop PAO autopsies on suspected Dengvaxia victims'

Feb 03, 2018 - 9:47 PM

Ex-DOH chief Esperanza Cabral and other doctors urge the DOJ to stop PAO's autopsies on 14 children who supposedly died due to Dengvaxia

DENGUE VACCINE. A health worker shows off vials of Dengvaxia vaccine administered to students during the school-based immunization in Manila on December 4, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Malacañang backs UP-PGH findings on Dengvaxia

Feb 03, 2018 - 3:42 PM

'Mukha namang makakahinga na tayo nang mas mabuti, mga nanay at tatay,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

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

Sotto to Duque: DOH, not PAO, should take lead in Dengvaxia probe

Jan 31, 2018 - 3:05 PM

'Is PAO now a medical group?...Set your foot down and make the DOH the lead in this investigation, especially in scientific investigations,' Senator Vicente Sotto III tells Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

DOUBTING PAO. Senator Vicente Sotto III believes the PAO is not qualified to conduct forensic examinations on the Dengvaxia deaths. File photo by Mark Cristino/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

Aguirre orders PAO to assist families of Dengvaxia vaccine recipients

Dec 19, 2017 - 8:55 PM

Parents of two girls who died months after getting the dengue vaccine file affidavits before the Department of Justice

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

CHR cases can be handled by PAO, says Alvarez

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:24 PM

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez defends allotting only P1,000 for the Commission on Human Rights for 2018, saying the Public Attorney's Office has the budget anyway

MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Kian Delos Santos' parents Lorenza and Saldy with their lawyer PAO Chief Persida Acosta, VACC President Dante Jimenez and Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II at the Malacañang Golf Clubhouse on August 28, 2017. File photo courtesy of the DOJ

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

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

PAO eyes double murder in Carl Arnaiz, Reynaldo De Guzman killings

Sep 08, 2017 - 5:53 PM

De Guzman s family is also given provisional coverage of the witness protection program

DEAD. Reynaldo de Guzman is found dead floating in a creek on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Photo courtesy of Gapan City Police

Crime scene where Carl Arnaiz was killed 'staged' – PAO

Sep 08, 2017 - 10:17 AM

PAO Forensic Lab Director Erwin Erfe says there are no bullet marks in the crime scene to prove that a shootout happened No slugs were found either

CRIME SCENE. The forensic team of the Public Attorney's Office believes this crime scene was staged. Photo from the PNP

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

Carl Arnaiz tested positive for gunpowder – PNP

Sep 05, 2017 - 11:25 AM

UPDATED Senators ask authorities about the death of Carl Arnaiz at the Senate probe into the killing of another teenager Kian delos Santos

SENATE HEARING. Police officers led by Director General Ronald del Rosa attend the Senate hearing on the death of Kian delos Santos on September 5, 2017. Photo from the Twitter page of Senator Bam Aquino

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

IBP files complaint vs cops in Kian delos Santos slay

Sep 04, 2017 - 8:15 PM

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines cites eyewitness accounts including a 13 year old s testimony that the cops blindfolded and punched Kian delos Santos before he was shot dead

SHOT AND KILLED. Kian's uncle, Randy points the corner where the boy was shot. The bullet holes is visible with Kian's blood splattered around it. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

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

DOJ urged to turn over Kian case to Ombudsman

Aug 28, 2017 - 3:50 PM

Hontiveros says the DOJ s independence is tainted by the statement of Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II that the teenager s murder was just blown out of proportion

KIAN CASE. Around a thousand people attend the burial of Kian Loyd delos Santos on August 26, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Jolina, Kian delos Santos, Samsung heir | Evening wRap

Aug 25, 2017 - 8:15 PM

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Murder, torture complaints filed vs cops in Kian delos Santos case

Aug 25, 2017 - 2:39 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros urges Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II to inhibit himself from all investigations related to the case

JUSTICE. Saldy and Lorenza delos Santos a file murder charges against members of the Caloocan police involved in the raid that killed their son, Kian before a prosecutor at the DOJ on August 25, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/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

Hontiveros: DOJ, PAO motives for custody of Kian slay witnesses questionable

Aug 24, 2017 - 2:31 PM

Mukhang may mga puwersang gumagalaw para kunin ang mga testigo i undermine ang kaso at limitahan ang accountability sa panig lamang ng mga pulis Senator Hontiveros says

IN GRIEF. A simple wake for Kian Loyd delos Santos is held in his family's home in Caloocan City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PNP autopsy, impeachment complaint, Trump | Evening wRap

Aug 23, 2017 - 9:25 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

'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

Aquino on Duterte, Kian delos Santos, Isang | Evening wRap

Aug 21, 2017 - 9:15 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Acor Arceo

Thai junta mulls powers to access private cyber data

May 17, 2017 - 5:54 PM

The bill is proposed after the massive WannaCry cyberattack sparked havoc in computer systems worldwide but it is controversial because Thailand adopted cyber laws used as a cudgel against government critics

CYBER DATA ACCESS? Thailand's Prayut Chan-O-Cha is greeted by military officers during a visit to Thailand's restive southern province of Narathiwat on July 25, 2016. File photo by Madaree Tohlala/AFP

DOJ probe into Jee Ick Joo slay: Who pays for photocopies?

Mar 03, 2017 - 10:19 PM

The public lawyer of prime suspect SPO3 Ricky Sta Isabel – who reportedly owns at least 5 houses and lots and a 4 story commercial building – says his office cannot afford to photocopy his client s counter affidavit

Mario Dionisio (on the right side, speaking through the microphone) of the Public Attorneys Office appeals to the Department of Justice (DOJ) panel to spare them the cost of photocopying documents. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Retired PAO lawyers win P139-M benefits claim

Mar 03, 2017 - 10:48 AM

The PAO retirees however will not be paid moral and exemplary damages

RETIREMENT PAY. Retired lawyers of the Public Attorney's Office win their P139 million benefits claim against the Department of Budget and Management.

PAO lawyer dismissed for charging clients legal fees

Feb 02, 2017 - 2:24 PM

Lawyer Jennifer Garcia Laudencia of the Public Attorney s Office in San Jose Occidental Mindoro is found guilty of grave misconduct

#PugadBaboy: Watch your (sign) language

Jan 09, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Marcelino asks court for 'second hard look' at plea vs drug charges

Jan 04, 2017 - 3:45 PM

The former drug enforcement agent and his Chinese co accused urge the Manila RTC to lift the issuance of arrest warrants against them

LEGAL REMEDY. Marine Lieutenant Colonel Ferdinand Marcelino is seeking a dismissal of the drug charges against him. Photo by Joel Liporada/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 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

Public Attorney's Office to SC: Allow drug suspects to enter plea deals

Sep 19, 2016 - 7:45 PM

PAO chief Persida Acosta questions why violators of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act are treated differently from suspects in murder rape and carnapping cases

PAO chief Persida Acosta

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.

PAO retirees accuse DBM, Abad of blocking retirement benefits

Jun 07, 2016 - 4:03 PM

Retired government lawyers file a complaint before a Quezon City court

RETIRED PAY. Retired lawyers of the Public Attorney's Office accuse the budget department of blocking their retirement pay.