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President Rodrigo Duterte has been asked to veto the provision in the 2021 budget that prevents the staff of the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) forensic laboratory from receiving their salaries.

“Tulungan po ninyo ang PAO sa kinakaharap nilang pagsubok,” read the open letter of Samahan ng mga magulang anak ay Biktima ng Dengvaxia (SMABD).

“Huwag po nating hayaan na mapilayan at tuluyang mabuwag ang PAO Forensic na matagal ng tumutulong sa bayan,” it appealed.

SMABD hit the rider inserted by Sen. Franklin Drilon and Sonny Angara which read: ”Nothing in the appropriation provided in this act shall be used in the salaries and compensation of personnel and travel allowance, meetings, maintenance and other operating expenses of the PAO Forensic Laboratory Division.”

The group informed Duterte that the members of the group has filed cases concerning the Dengvaxia mess wherein numerous vaccinees have suffered and even died.

It stressed that the PAO has been representing them in the cases.

“Maliwanag pa po sa sikat ng araw ang gustong mangyari ng aming mga kalaban ang tanggalan ng depensa ang PAO para mawalan ng saysay ang aming pinaglalaban,” SMABD stated.

“Ang findings ng PAO Forensic team ang siyang magpapatibay sa kasong isinampa sa korte,” it stressed.

Drilon remains to be an associate partner of Angara Abella Concepcion Regalla and Cruz Law Offices (ACCRA) which is the firm representing Dengvaxia maker Sanofi Pasteur in the cases.

While, Angara’s father, late former Sen. Edgardo Angara, was a founding partner of ACCRA.

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