Palace says Duterte trusts PAO chief amid cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tion

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PUBLIC At­tor­ney’s Office (PAO) chief Per­sida Acosta con­tin­ues to en­joy Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s trust and con­fi­dence amid al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion, Mala­cañang said on Thurs­day, Au­gust 15.

“Palagi na­man si Pres­i­dente, hang­gang walang find­ings of prob­a­ble cause, palag­ing nan­doon ang trust (The Pres­i­dent al­ways gives his trust, in the ab­sence of prob­a­ble cause),” Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Sal­vador Panelo said.

The Palace of­fi­cial made the re­mark af­ter sev­eral PAO lawyers asked the Office of the Om­buds­man to re­move Acosta from office for supposed in­volve­ment in cor­rup­tion.

In a state­ment sent to the anti-graft body, PAO lawyers sought Acosta’s im­me­di­ate sus­pen­sion, as they claimed that the chief public at­tor­ney is in­volved in a “sys­tem­atic scheme.”

They al­leged that Acosta was de­fraud­ing the gov­ern­ment by forg­ing pur­chase orders to get ex­tra funds from her agency.

Panelo, how­ever, said the Palace opts not to med­dle in the is­sue and in­stead let the Om­buds­man take appropriat­e ac­tion.

“As a matter of pol­icy, the Pres­i­dent does not in­ter­fere in the work, func­tion, ac­tiv­ity of any Con­sti­tu­tional body or any branch of the gov­ern­ment. Let the law take its course,” he said.

Asked if the PAO chief needs to take a leave pend­ing the results of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Panelo said: “Na kay chief Acosta na ‘yun (It’s up to PAO chief Acosta).”

Acosta has been the PAO chief for over 18 years af­ter be­ing ap­pointed by for­mer pres­i­dent Glo­ria Ma­ca­pa­gal-ar­royo.

The PAO chief fin­ished law stud­ies in Ate­neo de Manila Univer­sity and Univer­sity of the East and placed fourth in the 1984 Bar ex­am­i­na­tions./sun­star Philip­pines

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