Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has called for the resignation of Senator Risa Hontiveros over her alleged epic fail statement linking Public Attorneys’ Office chief Persida Acosta to the measles outbreak in some parts of the country.
“Ikaw dapat ang magresign dahil wala ka na sinabi na tama. Lahat sablay,” The President’s daughter wrote on Instagram, reacting to a news report about after Hontiveros asking Acosta to resign.
The Senator has criticized the PAO Chief for alleged “scaremongering” during her “politically-motivated investigations” on Dengvaxia that contributed to the erosion of public trust in vaccination programs.
Duterte however defended Acosta from the senator’s attacks, saying the PAO chief was just doing her job in helping indigent families who want to sue over the Dengavaxia controversy.
She said it was the anti-dengue vaccine that eroded parents’ confidence in other vaccines
“You can easily verify this if you talk to the people in the barangays instead of putting your head inside your behind all the time. Do not wag the dog,” she told Hontiveros.
She advised critics to present solutions to the problem instead of just voicing opposition. “Kapag gusto natin magsalita pag-isipan muna para hindi nakakahiya,” she said.