Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) Chief Persida Acosta has raised strong objections to the “bogus” plea to preventively suspend her and assured the public that she would not be silenced by the “PR” attacks from her detractors.
Acosta alleged the complaint filed against her before the Office of the Ombudsman must be junked for lack of merit, adding it was fictitious and fake.
In her comment/opposition to the motion for preventive suspension, Acosta argued the complaint of lawyer Wilfredo Garrido “is anchored on unfounded, malicious, baseless, fabricated and mere concocted statements to malign me and the Public Attorney’s Office which I head.”
“No evidence has been adduced to prove his mere allegations. Hence, the complaint is a mere scrap of paper, although under oath by him as his ‘counter-affidavit.’”
She said the evidence against her was not strong and the mere purpose of the complaint was to silence her in the crusade to seek justice for the families of children who allegedly died from being vaccinated with Dengvaxia.
“All told, the required evidence of guilt in preventive suspension is not strong against the undersigned and Dr. Erfe. Complainant is clearly attempting to utilize the power of this honorable office to attain his objective (and that of the accused/respondents/defendants in the Dengvaxia cases) of preventing the wheels of justice for the Dengvaxia victims to turn,” Acosta added in her opposition, referring to Edwin Erfe, a lawyer and medical doctor working for PAO.
Acosta also dismissed the complaint against her as “harassment,” adding she already knows the personalities behind the smear campaign and “PR” job against her who she said were the persons PAO charged in relation to the Dengvaxia deaths.
“The undersigned will just treat this disturbance and harassment as part of our travails as public servants performing our solemn duty to uphold the rule of law, justice, truth and equity,” she said.
As to the motion of alleged PAO employees who wanted her suspended, Acosta said it was “unsigned” and should be considered a mere scrap of paper.
“To highlight that the complaint is bogus, the complainant herein falsely asserts to the effect that Atty. Erwin P. Erfe, MD conducts forensic services as a plantilla employee of PAO. In truth, he has been publicly known as PAO forensic consultant since 1 December 2004, which is for more than 14 years now. Definitely, he is not an organic part of PAO,” she pointed out.
“Notably, a careful perusal of the complaint readily reveals the intention of the complainant herein — to prevent both the undersigned and Dr. Erfe from effectively fighting for the cause of the Dengvaxia victims and silence them. The complainant significantly raised issues which go into the merits of the Dengvaxia cases now pending before the DoJ (Department of Justice), and various courts of justice,” Acosta further said in her opposition.