Persida Acosta, Public Attorney's Office, Dengvaxia, Erwin Erfe, Dengvaxia Cases İn The Philippines

Persida Acosta, Public Attorney's Office

PAO lawyers accuse Acosta of using Dengvaxia cases to get 'extra funds'

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

15.8.2019

The unnamed lawyers have asked the Office of the Ombudsman to investigate Acosta and forensics expert Erwin Erfe for allegedly using the Dengvaxia controversy to overstock office supplies and 'obtain extra funds.' FULL STORY:

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

MANILA, Philippines – A group of lawyers from the Public Attorney's Office have asked the Office of the Ombudsman to investigate PAO chief Persida Acosta and forensics expert Erwin Erfe for allegedly using the Dengvaxia controversy to overstock office supplies and"obtain extra funds."

Acosta and Erfe led investigations into the deaths allegedly linked to dengue vaccine Dengvaxia, and filed more than a hundred related cases.

Based on the 2018 audit report on PAO, the office purchased 54 inventory items worth a total of P13.103 million, exceeding the allowable stock.

Examination of Annual Procurement Plan for common use supplies showed that despite the existence of stock for Calendar Year (CY) 2017, additional purchases were made in CY 2018 resulting in overstocking," the audit report said.

According to the audit report, PAO cited the Dengvaxia cases as justification for overstocking of supplies.

"The use of purchase orders or requests is one of the schemes that respondent Acosta is able to obtain extra funds from the PAO budget," it added.

The lawyers"implore" the Ombudsman"to use its power to conduct an investigation against respondents Acosta and Erfe."

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lol natawa ako ‘to overstock office supplies’ 😂 na-imagine ko: Acosta: ‘guys marami na naman tayong ballpens! kuha lang kayo ha- kahit tatlo pa!’ Why unnamed? Will OSG consider the complaints of unnamed people?

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