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Franklin Drilon Wants PAO Chief Acosta to Barred from Goin in Theri Office

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon insisted that Malacañang and the Department of Justice (DOJ) should not allow Public Attorneys Office (PAO) Chief Persida Acosta to report to work.

This is after her continued refusal to vaccinate against COVID- 19. While the government encourages individuals to receive their COVID-19 shots, Drilon believes it is unacceptable that Acosta stays unprotected. He went on to say that while he hopes it isn’t on purpose, Acosta’s recent words may contribute to the vaccination reluctance that we are attempting to address.

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According to Drilon, the amount of Filipinos who refuse to be vaccinated is still a major issue. According to Drilon, if Acosta can be persuaded to take the vaccination, the government will have a higher chance of convincing every Juan Dela Cruz to do so.

“One of them, unfortunately, is a member of the administration. Acosta can make a good case study for the government. If you can convince Acosta to get vaccinated, then the government has a better chance of persuading every Juan dela Cruz to get vaccinated, ” Drilon said.

He went on to say that she should be prevented from reporting to work until she is vaccinated. The government would be accused of “double standards” if it permitted Acosta to return to work while restricting the travel of uninfected ordinary Filipinos, according to the Senate minority leader.

“If the government is serious about its‘ no vax, stay at home; no vax, no ride policy, ’it should apply it to all. Otherwise, it will not work, ”said Drilon.

The government should adopt the same tough posture on its own officials. Set an example with Acosta, Drilon said the prohibition on the PAO chief reporting on work would be in keeping with the President’s declaration restricting the travel of unvaccinated persons “for the common welfare.”

“It is a valid and reasonable exercise of police power to promote the health, safety, and general welfare of the people. The general welfare clause also provides sufficient authority to the State to implement measures for the ‘maintenance of peace and order, the protection of life, liberty, and property, and promotion of the general welfare,” the senator said.

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