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Palace leaves PAO chief Acosta’s fate to Ombudsman: Let the law take its course!

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By Prince Golez

Malacañang is leaving to the Office of the Ombudsman the task to investigate the allegations of corruption against Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) chief Persida Acosta.

“If there is a case, we’ll let Ombudsman do its work,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo in a media briefing said on Thursday.

The PAO lawyers reportedly accused Acosta and forensics head Erwin Erfe of having a “systematic scheme in covering traces of their capricious, illegal and corrupt practices” relative to the disbursement and allocation of the PAO budget.

Panelo maintained that the Palace respects the independence of the other branches of the government.

“As a matter of policy, the President does not interfere in the works, functions, activity of any constitutional body or any branch of the government. Let the law take its course,” the chief presidential legal counsel added.

Does the President still trust Acosta?

“Eh palagi naman si Presidente hanggang walang findings of probable cause, palaging nadun ang trust. Pero ‘pag may probable cause na, ibang usapan na ‘yun. Then there will be suspension galing sa Ombudsman. Eh hindi naman teritoryo ni Presidente yun eh,” Panelo said.

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