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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

Trump asked Australia for help discrediting Russia probe

Oct 01, 2019 - 7:08 AM

(UPDATED) An Australian government spokesperson confirms President Donald Trump asked Prime Minister Scott Morrison to investigate issues raised in Robert Mueller's probe

US Attorney General William Barr speaks about the release of the Mueller Report at the Department of Justice April 18, 2019, in Washington, DC. - The Mueller report on Russian interference in the 2016 US election concluded that neither President Donald Trump nor his campaign cooperated with the Russians, Attorney General Bill Barr announced Thursday. "The special counsel's report states that his investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities," he said. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

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

Guevarra leaves PAO forensic lab probe to Ombudsman

Aug 15, 2019 - 6:07 PM

Complainant Wilfredo Garrido Jr says President Rodrigo Duterte can always 'fire' PAO chief Persida Acosta if the Ombudsman cannot act on his request to place her under preventive suspension

PAO FORENSICS. PAO forensic consultant Dr Erwin Erfe and chief Persida Acosta attend a  Senate hearing on August 24, 2017. 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

U.S. attorney general grilled over handling of Russia report

May 02, 2019 - 8:45 AM

After undergoing tough questioning in the US Senate, Bill Barr refuses to appear before the House

GRILLED. US Attorney General William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on 'The Justice Department's Investigation of Russian Interference with the 2016 Presidential Election' on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Mueller criticized Barr's depiction of Russia probe

May 01, 2019 - 12:21 PM

The Washington Post says Special Counsel Robert Mueller's letter to Bill Barr complained that the attorney general's memo 'did not fully capture the context, nature and substance of this office's work and conclusions'

REPORT CONTROVERSY. This combination of file pictures created shows (from left) US President Donald Trump , US Attorney General nominee William Barr, and former FBI Director Robert Mueller. Photos by Mandel Ngan, Nicholas Kamm, Saul Loeb/AFP

PAO forensic investigator says Silawan was raped

Apr 02, 2019 - 6:06 PM

Dr. Erwin Erfe of the forensics lab of the Public Attorney's Office says there were signs of extensive abrasions and hematoma on Christine Silawan's genitals, proving she was raped and that force was used on her

U.S. Democrats demand release of full Mueller report, documents

Mar 25, 2019 - 7:47 AM

Top US congressional Democrats House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer demand the full release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 US election

DEMOCRATS. In this file photo taken on January 09, 2019 US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer speak to the media following a meeting with US President Donald Trumpat the White House in Washington, DC.  Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Key findings of the Mueller report

Mar 25, 2019 - 7:22 AM

Here are the main findings of the two-year investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller into allegations that the US president colluded with Russia in the 2016 election

SUBMITTED. Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Ann Mueller walk on March 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. Special counsel Robert Mueller has delivered his report on alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election to Attorney General William Barr. Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images/AFP

PAO must be ‘more professional’ in gathering evidence – Diokno

Mar 04, 2019 - 4:13 PM

Human rights lawyer and senatorial bet Chel Diokno says there are 'inherent conflicts of interest' in PAO that cause its indigent clients to lose representation in court

'MORE PROFESSIONAL' PAO. Human rights lawyer Chel Diokno suggests way how to strengthe the PAO. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Top U.S. official discussed Trump removal in 2017, says ex-FBI chief

Feb 18, 2019 - 8:48 AM

Former FBI chief Andrew McCabe says invoking the 25th Amendment of the US Constitution was raised by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein speaks at a press conference about Chinese hacking at the Justice Department in Washington, DC, on December 20, 2018. The US Justice Department on Thursday announced fresh indictments of Chinese government hackers who allegedly targeted scores of companies in a dozen countries, which US officials said showed Beijing had not fulfilled its pledge to stop such actions. In an operation coordinated with US allies in Europe and Asia, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the move was being made to rebuff "China's economic aggression."  NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP

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

PAO links doctor’s death to Dengvaxia, files 31st complaint

Jan 24, 2019 - 4:48 PM

Dr Kendrick Gotoc was allegedly administered with the anti-dengue vaccine in 2016, and died on April 22, 2018, due to community-acquired pneumonia

DENGVAXIA. The Public Attorneys Office (PAO) files the 31st Dengvaxia-related complaint at the DOJ on January 24, 2019, linking the death of 39-year-old physician Kendrick Gotoc to the dengue vaccine. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Lawsuit filed by U.S. attorney general adds to Facebook data woes

Dec 20, 2018 - 2:28 PM

'Facebook failed to protect the privacy of its users and deceived them about who had access to their data and how it was used,' says Attorney General Karl Racine in a statement.

ZUCKERBERG. Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a combined Senate Judiciary and Commerce committee hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP


Trump names ex-Bush official William Barr as new attorney general

Dec 08, 2018 - 1:05 AM

(UPDATED) William Barr would succeed Jeff Sessions, whom Trump forced to resign last month amid rising pressure on the White House from the Russia collusion investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller

US President Donald Trump speaks to the press as he walks to Marine One prior to departing from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, December 7, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Garin-allied pathologist discredits PAO findings on Dengvaxia cases

Nov 21, 2018 - 4:26 PM

Pathologist Raymundo Lo says the Public Attorney's Office made 'false' conclusions in its forensic examination of children who died after their Dengvaxia vaccination

Pathologist Dr Raymundo Lo. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Singapore activist, politician convicted for criticizing judiciary

Oct 09, 2018 - 10:13 PM

While Singapore is admired for its economic prosperity, it is regularly criticized by rights groups for tough rules on political dissent and freedom of expression

Singaporean human rights activist Jolovan Wham (R) is greeted by friends outside the State Court in Singapore on November 29, 2017. A Singaporean activist was charged on November 29 for organising public protests without a permit, sparking calls for the tightly-controlled city-state to stop treating peaceful demonstrations as crimes. Jolovan Wham, 37, appeared in court accused of organising a candlelight vigil outside a prison for a death row convict, a protest on a subway train, and a demonstration at which a Hong Kong democracy activist spoke via video link. Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

Rappler Talk: Legal ramifications Facebook faces in PH for security breach

Oct 06, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Rappler talks to the National Privacy Commission's complaints and investigations chief, Francis Acero, about what penalties Facebook may face in light of the September 2018 hack


Trump mocks Attorney General Sessions viciously, again

Aug 24, 2018 - 7:55 PM

Trump quoted from a statement Sessions issued Thursday in what was seen as a veiled jab at Trump, who has made the Department of Justice head his punching bag for recusing himself from the Russia election meddling probe.

CLASH. This file photo taken on February 9, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump alongside US Attorney General Jeff Sessions after Sessions was sworn in as Attorney General in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

U.S. attorney general cites Bible to defend family separations

Jun 15, 2018 - 7:55 PM

President Donald Trump's administration backs separating immigrant children from their parents, but some Republican lawmakers are growing uneasy about such border security rules implemented to deter other migrants

INHUMAN. A Mission Police Dept. officer (left), and a U.S. Border Patrol agent watch over a group of Central American asylum seekers before taking them into custody on June 12, 2018 near McAllen, Texas. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

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 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

State prosecutors slam ‘malicious’ Anti-Corruption Commission recommendation

Apr 02, 2018 - 11:05 AM

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) recommends the suspension of prosecutors who had a hand in dismissing drug charges against suspects Kerwin Espinosa and Peter Lim

Photo courtesy of the DOJ.

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

Foreign expert needed for Dengvaxia victims' autopsies – DOJ

Feb 07, 2018 - 6:25 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says he will emphasize to President Rodrigo Duterte the need for a clinical pathologist

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

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

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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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

After killings of teenagers, HRW urges UN inquiry into PH drug war

Sep 09, 2017 - 1:52 PM

Until Duterte ends his abusive drug war and allows a UN led international probe child killers among the police will continue to get away with murder says Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director Phelim Kine

KILLED IN DRUG WAR. Protest placards, pictures and paintings from supporters fill the Delos Santos store shelves on August, 25, 2017, the eve of Kian's funeral. Photo by Inoue Jaena/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

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Sep 08, 2017 - 1:24 PM

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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