Former DOH Secretary and Negros Rep. Janette Garin (left) and DOH Sec. Francisco Duque
PARENTS of 100 school children whose deaths are linked to the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine on Tuesday testified under oath before the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office prior the filing of new cases of torture, and reckless imprudence resulting in homicide and serious physical injuries with the Department of Justice against former health secretary Janette Garin, DOH Secretary Francisco Duque and other former and active government officials.
Sumachen Dominguez, Samahan ng mga Magulang Anak at Biktima ng Dengvaxia (SMABD) president, testified that she is voluntarily filing a case of reckless imprudence resulting in serious physical injuries against Garin; former and incumbent officials of the Department of Health, Food and Drug Administration, Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and Philippine Children’s Medical Center, and executives of Sanofi Pasteur Inc., the manufacturer of the Dengvaxia vaccine, and its distributor Zuellig Pharma Corp.
The 100 complainants also testified that they were not forced by anyone to execute their complaint-affidavits against Garin, Duque, PCMC executive director Julius Lecciones and the other 36 respondents.Duque would also face a case of obstruction of justice for not making available the complete lists of the names of the school children who were inoculated with the Dengvaxia vaccine, the Public Attorney’s Office said.
Dominguez lauded the October order of the Supreme Court directing the designation of a family court to handle and litigate all Dengvaxia cases, and the Nov. 18 omnibus orders of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 107 setting the arraignment of Garin and her co-accused in the reckless imprudence resulting in homicide charges filed by the parents of Marc-Axl Eboña and Zandro Colite.
PAO chief Persida Acosta urged the DOJ state prosecutors to rectify their mistakes for filing the criminal charges before the metropolitan and municipal trial courts. (AI/MTVN)
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