DOJ orders Janet Garin et al., to answer Dengvaxia complaints

DOJ orders Janet Garin et al., to answer Dengvaxia complaints

She will have to face the music.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has again summoned former health secretary of the Aquino administration- Janet Garin and other officials to answer the criminal charges filed against them over the deaths allegedly caused by the Dengvaxia vaccine.

Pnoy Appointee, former DOH Secretary Janet Garin (photo credit to PhilStar)

In a hearing recently conducted, the investigating panel chaired by Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Arnold Magpantay ordered Garin and the other respondents to appear before the DOJ to submit their respective counter-affidavits on charges of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide and violations of the Anti-Torture Act and Consumer Act for the third batch of cases.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and executives of Sanofi Pasteur and Zuellig Pharma, manufacturer and distributor, respectively, of Dengvaxia, were also summoned by the DOJ.

The 3rd batch of Dengvaxia cases involved the deaths of Wiljen Alcontin, Eleazar Brigoli Jr., Trishanne Asona, EJ Christian Apa, Joaniña Cortes, Gladimeir Juevesano, Kianah Mae Racuya, Adeline Castroverde, Jessica Viaros, Senior Police Officer 2 Vicente Arugay, Shiela Mae Guerra, Gillian Vasquez and Kristen Jean Martira.

The 1st batch, through another panel chaired by Assistant State Prosecutor Maria Emilia Victorio, has concluded its probe on the first batch of cases involving the deaths of nine schoolchildren: Aejay Bautista, Angelica Pestilos, Lenard Baldonado, Zandro Colite, Abbie Hedia, Jansyn Bataan, Mark Axel Ebonia, Rey Justin Almagno and Alexander Jaime.

As for the 2nd batch which is being investigated by Senior Associate Prosecutor Susan Dacanay has completed its hearing on the second batch of cases involving the deaths of Clarissa Alcantara, Christine Mae de Guzman, Erico Leabres, Roshaine Cariño, Naomi Nimura, John Paul Rafael, Michael Tablate and Christine Joy Asuncion.

The latest filed case is that of the death of 12 year old student Zarah Mae de Luna from Quezon. She died in November 2017.

She is the 32nd filed complained before the DOJ because of the anti-dengue vaccine.

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