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PAO chief Acosta: Public lawyers are on-call; hotline for emergencies opened

/ 10:10 PM March 19, 2020

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM CHIEF PUBLIC ATTORNEY PERSIDA V. RUEDA-ACOSTAPAO Central OfficeMARCH 19, 2020Announcements:In support of the government's Enhanced Community Quarantine and nationwide declaration of calamity: 1. All PAO Lawyers and staff are On-Call;2. Inquest duties of PAO lawyers and staff continue on On-call basis, contact numbers are posted in PAO Offices nationwide;3. Jail visits are temporarily suspended in compliance with the Enhanced Community Quarantine, unless inmates and detainees' legal needs require urgent action;4. For urgent legal matters (inquest, motions, etc) please call the numbers posted in PAO Offices nationwide;5. All PAO security personnel, security-drivers and guards are enjoined to respond to their duties and protect the safety of pao premises;6. PAO 24/7 Hotline (for coordinating PAO Lawyers' immediate action on your legal concerns) — 02- 89299436 or 02-89299436; 02- 84262075; 02-84262801; 02- 84262450 /84262987/ 84262683.

Posted by Friends of Public Attorney's Office – PAO on Wednesday, March 18, 2020

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MANILA, Philippines – Lawyers from the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) are always ready to provide legal assistance to the public despite enhanced home quarantine imposed by the government, PAO Chief Persida Rueda Acosta said Thursday.

Acosta said even if they are at home, in response to the call of President Rodrigo Duterte of a quarantine, PAO’s services will continue.

“Tuloy-tuloy po ang serbisyo (Our services will continue),” Acosta said.

She said PAO has around 2,000 lawyers who are always on call including staff.

“Makokontak ang mga PAO lawyers upang matulungan ang magpipiyansa, ang magpa-file ng mga urgent motions, at kung meron pong makukulong o mahuhuli dahil may mga paglabag sa kautusang legal ng ating bansa,” she said.

(The PAO lawyers can be contacted for those who need to post bail, those who need to file urgent motions, or those arrested or jailed for violating the country’s lawful orders.)

But Acosta said their regular jail visitations have been suspended unless there is an emergency.

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Acosta told the public that they contact her, the district heads, and regional heads for legal assistance. She said those in need of immediate legal assistance can send their messages to 09192625190.

“Wala nang manloloko kasi panahon ng pagtutulong-tulong po ngayon, wala na pong lokohan,” she said.

(Don’t make prank calls because this is a time for us to help each other.)

She also assured that the salaries and benefits of PAO lawyers and employees will continue to be released.

Acosta also called on each and every citizen to help the government in times of crisis.

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