Ex-DOH Sec. Garin wins congressional seat in Iloilo

Ex-DOH Sec. Garin wins congressional seat in Iloilo

Democracy is working.
Former Department of Health secretary Janette Garin made a comeback in government, she has won over her opponent in the first district congressional race in the recent mid-term elections.
She won via landslide over his opponent with an overwhelming 121, 503 votes as against General Gerardo Flores.

 Former Department of Health Secretary Janette Garin was proclaimed by the Commission on Elections as winning candidate for Iloilo's first congressional district race (photo credit to PNA)

Flores made an issue of the Dengvaxia scam against Garin to threw her off, but despite of it all Flores only got 27, 658 votes.
“The result showed that the issue did not affect the result of the elections. It is because the issue is not true and the people in the first district are intelligent enough to decide for what is true or not,” Garin said in an interview after being proclaimed by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC).
It was under the administration of former President Benigno Aquino III, and Garin as his DOH Secretary in 2016, launched a school-based mass vaccination of the anti-dengue vaccination program using Dengvaxia.
Flores, tried to derail Garin’s bid by conductng last November 2018 a “funeral caravan” in the first district of Iloilo to seek justice for the children who died because of being vaccinated by the anti-dengue Dengvaxia.
Garin admitted  that the issues did not impact on the elections, but was of a big effect her campaign because of the different court procedural appearances.

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