MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Public Attorney’s Office Chief Persida Acosta has been asked to resign her post by Opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros. This, amid the controversy surrounding the deaths of more than 100 schoolchildren whom Acosta says died because of complications from the the Dengvaxia vaccine.
Hontiveros and others blame Acosta’s public advocacy on behalf of the Dengavaxia kids for the current outbreak of Measles in the country, saying that parents have refused to have their children vaccinated with the Measles vaccine because of the Dengvaxia scare.
Well, today, Acosta resigned!
She told The Adobo Chronicles she was resigned to the cluelessness of Hontiveros and the other critics. “Resigned na ako sa kabobohan ni Hontiveros and company. Para lang may masabi,” Acosta said.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – It came straight from the horse’s mouth — the horse being Secretary Martin Andanar: President Rodrigo Duterte is taking over the functions of the Presidential Communications Coordinating Office (PCOO) and the Department of Health (DOH).
Yesterday, Andanar proudly announced tht Duterte will help in the info drive on vaccination and that the government will fully enforce the immunization law.
Duterte’s move came in the wake of an outbreak in Measles in the National Capital Region and other areas of the country. Many have said that the outbreak is the result of parents refusing to have their children vaccinated for fear of serious risks similar to what happened in the botched Dengvaxia vaccination program launched by the PNoy administration. Some 800,000 schoolchildren were vaccinated with Dengvaxia.
The Adobo Chronicles reached out directly to Duterte — without the knowledge of Andanar and Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo — and he told us:
”Mga p*tang *nang mga yan. Laki ng pasahod ko sa kanila pero di nila ginagawa yung dapat na trabaho nila. Nagpapalaki lang sila ng mga b—— (inaudible).”
Does this signal the possibility that both Andanar and DOH Secretary Francisco Duque are on their way out?
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Senator Risa Hontiveros called for the resignation of Public Attorney’s Office chief Persida Acosta on Friday over the latter’s alleged “scaremongering” on vaccination.
Hontiveros made the call amid an outbreak of measles in at least four regions in the country, which came following a dip in immunization coverage last year following the controversy on anti-dengue vaccine
Speaking with The Adobo Chroniciles, Acosta said she is more than willing to resign on one condition: that Hontiveros resign her Senator position first.
”At least, ako may ginagawa. Si Hontiveros, puro lang dada,” she said. (At least I’m doing something, unlike Hontiveros who is all talk)
No word yet from Hontiveros on Acosta’s challenge.