Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) Chief Persida Acosta has accused Senators Sonny Angara and Franklin Drilon of conflict of interest in slashing the P19.5 budget of the PAO forensic laboratory.
“Kapag ikaw legislator ka, ang law firm mo kalaban ng PAO sa Dengvaxia, bakit ikaw ang magtatapyas ng budget,” she pointed out.
“Hindi ba conflict of interest yun,” Acosta stressed now that the 2020 budget has been confirmed by the bicameral committee.
The PAO has filed criminal complaints against a number of respondents including executives of Sanofi Pasteur concerning their liability in the deaths of those who got inoculated with the Dengvaxia anti-dengue vaccine.
Sanofi, which manufactures the vaccine, hired to represent the law firm Angara Abella Concepcion Regalla and Cruz Law Offices (ACCRA) to represent it in the cases.
One of ACCRA’s founders is Angara’s father, late former senator Edgardo Angara.
While, Drilon is currently the law firm’s senior counsel.