Thursday 19 October, 2017
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Duterte twits Persida Acosta on P900M PAO building: ‘Di mo pa ginawang P1B

President Rodrigo Duterte was such in a good mood speaking before members of the Public Attorneys Office last Monday he could not help himself but rib their boss, Abogado Persida Rueda Acosta, about the costing of their building.

“Ma’am (Acosta), bilib naman ako sa iyo. Gawain na natin na one billion para… Pa-900-900 ka pa diyan,” said Duterte in jest during the 6th Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) program at the Manila Hotel.

Duterte said the Department of Public Works and Highways and the National Housing Authority have agreed to build a new PAO Central Building for P900 million.

Aside from a new home, Duterte said he has ordered the Department of Budget and Management to release funds for the hiring of 397 new abogados this year and another 357 next year to help PAO clear up its dockets.

“That is why we have initiated efforts to address the congestion problem and ensure that our public attorneys are provided with the proper tools to fulfill their duties. I want you comfortable actually,” he said.

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