- PAO Chief Acosta denies Garin’s allegation that parents were given instructions to confront her
- Garin was attacked by a group of angry parents whose children were given Dengvaxia vaccine
- Garin added that PAO had been stirring up fears
Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) chief Persida Rueda-Acosta vehemently denied that they urged a group of parents to attack former Health Secretary Janette Garin.
Acosta was quoted by ABS-CBN saying, “Aba, kasinungalingan ho iyan. Dapat hindi ka nagsisinungaling. Kasalanan ho sa Diyos iyan. Wala po akong inutusan.” [That’s a lie. We shouldn’t tell lies, that’s a sin against God. I didn’t instruct anyone.]
This came after Garin was attacked by a group of parents whose children were given the controversial anti-dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia. Garin claimed she overheard that the parents were given instructions from PAO to confront her.
The former health secretary had already expressed her disappointment at the PAO for allegedly stirring up fears. Garin was quoted by ABS-CBN saying, “They were just making all the drama, sorry to say this and somebody was saying ‘sinabi ng PAO pumunta kami dito at sugurin ka!’ So I was saying why is this happening? Why are we deviating [from] the issue?”
Garin added, “I empathize with the families who are grieving, but it’s a pity if they are being abused by certain sectors because instead of moving forward or taking care of their children who are in school, they are being brought to rallies, demonstrations and they are being made as a front and a picture to make other parents panic.”
Meanwhile, Acosta continues to affirm their stand to continue conducting autopsies on Dengvaxia recipients on the request of parents.