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PAO head Acosta says no to Senate run in 2019

By: - Social Media Specialist / @CarloMolinaINQ
/ 08:47 AM September 03, 2018
FEBRUARY 21, 2018 PAO chief Dr. Persida Rueda Acosta testifies during the Senate probe into Dengvaxia controversy. INQUIRER PHOTO/LYN RILLON

PAO chief Dr. Persida Rueda Acosta. INQUIRER file photo / LYN RILLON

The chief of the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) said Sunday that she had no plans of running for senator in the 2019 midterm elections amid reports that she was included as among the prospective senatorial candidates of the party Katipunan ng Demokratikong Pilipino (KDP).

In an interview with dzMM, PAO chief Persida Acosta said that she is focused to finish her work in PAO until the end of her term.

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“Napanood ko lang kahapon iyan sa mga istasyon ng telebisyon. Hindi ko nga alam ‘yan. Wala naman akong deklarasyon na ako’y tatakbo sa 2019 at wala akong plano. Madami ko pang gagawin sa PAO. Tsaka bata pa ako. Ilang taon pa ako sa PAO,” Acosta said.

“Sisabi ko na hindi ako tatakbo kaso madami akong ginagawa sa PAO na para sa bayan, Kuntento na ako sa PAO. Dahil palagay ko, sa damdamin ko, hindi ko kayang iwan ang PAO,” she added.

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The PAO chief denied that she was a member of KDP although she admitted being a recipient of the Andres Bonifacio Award from the party.

Acosta also rejected offers to run under the senatorial ticket of some parties but said there’s no need to run for a government post as she was already in public service.

She even said that she could serve the public even if she was not in politics.

“Bakit ako papasok sa politics e makakapaglingkod naman tayo… hindi ako tatakbo dahil nandito na ako sa paglilingkod bayan. Hindi ko na kailangang tumakbo. Nakakapaglingkod na sa apubliko. Nakakapagsagip ng mga dapat sagipin. Ayun lang ‘yon,” Acosta said.

“Sa Dengvaxia nga ang daming patay, hindi pa naman nahuhuli, talagang ang daming gagawin. Tambak ang gawain. Natapos ko na Sulpicio, ‘yung MV Princess, ito naman ang pumalit. Mas mahirap. Madali ang kaso, may ebidensiya pero araw-araw may namamatay, masakit sa dibdib iyan,” she continued.

Acosta also took a swipe at critics who claim that she was using some issues to beef up her political intentions.

“Wala talaga akong plano kaya ‘yung mga nagtotroll sa akin kasi kaya daw ako tumutulong kasi tatakbo. Mahiya naman sila. Kaya ka lang ba tututong para manalo sa politika? Hindi ganon,” the PAO chief said.

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“Kahit sa 2022, wala akong hinagap na tatakbo. Pwede pa akong mag-PAO chief hanggang 2026 bago ako mag compulsory retirement. Ang punto dito ay huwag nila ako isama sa mga listahan nila para hindi ako i-bash or i-troll ng mga troll na nasasagasaan natin iyong mga grupo nila,” she added. /cbb

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