Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte took a swipe against Senator Risa Hontiveros who called for the resignation of Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) Chief Persida Acosta.
In her Instagram post, Inday Sara said that Hontiveros should be the one who resigns because of always being negative in different issues.
She explained that Acosta is only doing her job to help the people who need legal assistance including the parents of the alleged victim of the controversial Dengvaxia.
Inday Sara also suggested that instead of criticizing always, Hontiveros also think of better solutions because she believed that members of opposition should also not just all-talk against the government.
The Davao City Mayor also reminded Hontiveros to think twice before releasing a statement to avoid embarrassment.
“Ikaw dapat mag resign dahil wala ka ng sinabi na tama. Lahat sablay. PAO Chief Acosta is doing her job in assisting indigent litigants who want to sue. Dengvaxia eroded the parents’ confidence in vaccines and you can easily verify this if you talk to the people in barangays instead of putting your head inside your behind all the time. Do not wag the dog. Devangxia k*lled innocent individuals, bakit wala ka human rights angle dito? Paano masolutionan ang outbreak sa pagpapa resign ke Atty Acosta? Mag isip po tayo ng solution, hindi opposition para lng may masabi. Kapag gusto natin magsalita pagisipan muna para hindi nakakahiya.”
Inday Sara didn’t mention Hontiveros directly, but obviously, she’s referring to the lady Senator who called for Acosta’s resignation three days ago.
In her statement, Hontiveros urged Acosta to resign because of discouraging the parents to let their children vaccinated.
“Her lies and hysterics contributed directly to the erosion of public trust in our vaccination programs,” the senator said in a statement.
“I call on Acosta: resign your post. An important agency like the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) cannot be left in the hands of a person with such a track record of lies, negligence, and hyper-partisanship,” Hontiveros added.
The Dengvaxia Controversy started in late 2017 after the Department of Health (DOH) suspended their school-based vaccination.
700,000 individuals received at least one dose of the controversial vaccine which cost P3.5-B.
PAO claimed that 106 people (103 children and 3 adults) already passed away because of the vaccine.