The Civil Service Commission Affirms the Eligibility of Chief Persida Acosta and Senior PAO Officials:
Declares CES Board's Resolution No. 918 dated January 12, 2011
as NOT in Conformity with Law and Jurisprudence
Dispositive portion of the said Decision declared:
"WHEREFORE, foregoing premises considered, the instant appeal is hereby GRANTED. Accordingly, the CESB Resolution No. 918 dated January 12, 2011 is REVERSED AND SET ASIDE for not being in conformity with law and jurisprudence. It is declared that the following key positions in the Public Attorney's Office do not require third level eligibility and CESO rank for purposes of tenurial security:
1. Chief Public Attorney
2. Deputy Chief Public Attorneys;
3. Regional Public Attorneys; and
4. Assistant Regional Public Attorneys.
MARY ANN Z. FERNANDEZ-MENDOZA
FRANCISCO T. DUQUE III
DOLORES B. BONIFACIO
Commission Secretarial and Liaison Office
Public Attorney’s Office inaugurates its
Secretary of Justice Agnes Devanadera, assisted by Chief Public Attorney Persida Acosta,
cuts the ribbon of the new Public Attorney's Office Forensic Laboratory
The Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) launches today, 27 January 2010, its new Forensic Laboratory. Recently strengthened by the new PAO Law, the PAO established the laboratory to provide support to public attorneys, its indigent clients, other government agencies and non-governmental organizations.
Aside from the usual capabilities of forensic laboratories in forensic medicine and forensic microscopy, the PAO Forensic Laboratory has expertise in Forensic Osteology and Osteometrics, Forensic Odontology, Forensic Archaeology, Bloodstain Pattern Analysis and Crime Scene Reconstruction, Evidence and Forensic Photography.
Dr. Erwin Erfe explains to Secretary Agnes Devanadera, Chief Public Attorney Persida Acosta and the media
the capabilities of the new forensic laboratory.
Dr. Erwin Erfe had been designated Director of the laboratory. A professor of forensic medicine at the Ateneo de Manila University Law School, Dr. Erfe is a Certified Forensic Physician of the AmericanCollege of Forensic Examiners. Dr. Erfe holds a Diplomate from the American Board of Forensic Medicine and from the American Board of Forensic Examiners. He is a charter member of the Forensic Association of the Carolinas (USA) and life member of the International Association for Identification (USA). Dr. Erfe has been an active member of the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts (USA), International Academy of Legal Medicine (Switzerland), Evidence Photographers International Council (USA), the International Corrections and Prisons Association (Canada), Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Philippine Bar Association and the Philippine Society of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology.
Aside from the above mentioned international forensic organizations, the PAO Forensic Laboratory had established links with forensic experts from Melbourne, Australia (Dr. John Clement, Forensic Odontologist and Disaster Victim Identification expert), world-renowned criminalist, Prof. Herbert McDonnel, Director of Forensic Laboratory in New York, USA, bloodstain pattern analyst Craig Moore from Canada, and crime scene reconstructionists Laura Pettler (South Carolina, USA) and Anita Azannin (New York, USA).