PNoy & Abad not yet off the hook in Dengvaxia - Malacanang

PNoy & Abad not yet off the hook in Dengvaxia - Malacanang

Its not yet over for former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and for former Department of Budget and Management Secretary Butch Abad, when their names were not part of the decision that indicted former Sec. of Health Janet Garin and others.

Presidential spokesman Atty, Salvador Panelo noted that Aquino and Abad have been accused of technical malversation, a case totally different from the reckless imprudence complaints being faced by former Health Secretary Janette Garin and nine other former and current health officials.  

Blue Ribbon Committee chair Senator Richard Gordon was wondering why the Aquino and Abad were not indicted, nothing that the purchase has to pass thru them in the procurement of the vaccine which is now being blamed for the deaths of more than 30 children.

Atty.Panelo maintains that the Executive branch does not interfere with the work of the Judiciary branch (photo credit to PhilStar)

"There's a separate case on that...With regard to the purchases, they (Aquino and Abad) were charged with technical malversation in another case so they are still part of it," Panelo said.

Probable cause  must be established by the prosecutors  to proceed in filing a case against Aquino and Abad, Panelo said.

"If they found probable cause and evidence, then that's the job now of the trial court," Atty. Salvador.
"It's the duty of the Palace to implement the law... The court will give justice to those who filed the case. If the charges are proven, they would be punished accordingly," he added. 
The Presidential Spokesman  maintained the executive branch would not interfere with the work of the judiciary.

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