Acosta is TOFIL’s 2022 top awardee

Acosta is TOFIL’s 2022 top awardee

December 17, 2022 @ 1:24 PM 2 months ago


MULTI-awarded Public Attorney’s Office chief Persida Rueda-Acosta has added another milestone in her government career following the latest recognition bestowed upon her by the Junior Chamber International Senate Philippines as one of its five top awardees of the coveted The Outstanding Filipino 2022.

With this year’s theme: ‘Resiliency in Rebuilding our Nation’, the JCISP led by national president Henry Juan Tong and national chairman, TOFIL Awards 2022, Felipe Briones, also had this year’s awardees, namely, SM mall owner Hans T. Sy, Engr. Maria Catalina Estomo-Cabral, Sculpturist Nemesio Miranda Jr. and Agriculturist/Scientist Dr. Ruben Lopez Villareal.

With more than 100 awards and recognitions to date including the 2004 Lingkod Bayan Award (highest presidential award for Outstanding Public Service), Atty. Rueda-Acosta, has been continuously hailed by many particularly millions of Filipino indigents for extending free legal assistance.

She’s been in the forefront of the battle of hundreds of parents of schoolchildren who have either died or been suffering from the serious adverse effects of the controversial anti-dengue Dengvaxia vaccine.

Despite pressures from higher-ups, the chief public attorney even serves as principal counsel for parents who’re petitioning the court to stop the mass Covid-19 vaccination for minors ages 5 to11 years old for being ‘unconstitutional, experimental and obsolete.’

In the same year (2004), she convinced the justices to grant a retrial on the kidnapping case of death convicts Roberto Lara and Roderick Licayan.

Consequently, reprieves were granted to more than 1, 000 convicts and eventually led to the abolition of the death penalty.

Her efforts led to the conviction of employers of house-help Bonita Baran who was maltreated and her right eye totally damaged and her case helped in the approval of Republic Act 10361 (Domestic Workers Act/Batas Kasambahay).

Atty. Rueda-Acosta, whose leadership resulted in PAO being the most trusted institutions in the justice sector as shown by the Social Weather Station survey wherein its public lawyers emerged with highest trust rating over private lawyers, among others, also introduced legal aid innovation called Persida Acosta’s Legal Advice.

The PAO chief also renders pro bono legal advice in her daily columns on two newspapers of general circulation – The Manila Times broadsheet and Bulgar tabloid.

The approval of the PAO Bill into Republic Act 9406, the law that elevated the agency to an independent and autonomous office, and the on-going construction of the new PAO-Central Office building along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City, shine brightly in her roster of legacies.

May your tribe Atty. Rueda-Acosta multiply!