Garin questions legality of PAO forensic laboratory

Garin questions legality of PAO forensic laboratory

She was the Department of Health when the mass vaccination of the much hyped anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia was rolled out by the Pnoy administration, a lot of things happened since then and now she is the one who seems to be the one on the offensive.
Now the representative of the1st district of Iloilo, Janette Garin questioned the legality of the Public Attorneys Office’s (PAO) creation of a forensic laboratory.

During the House of Representative hearing for the budget of the Department of Justice (DOJ), she took the opportunity to ask about the PAO’s mandate to set up the facility that of a forensic laboratory.
IIloilo Representative and former DOH Secretary Janette Garin
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DOJ’s budget sponsor was not able to provide a intelligent answer, prompting for the suspension of the DoJ deliberations.

“In this mandate, there is none,” Gonzaga said.
Garin also noted the statement of Department of Interior Local Government Secretary (DILG) Eduardo Año, the only acceptable results in courts were those coming from the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) crime laboratory and the National Bureau of Investigation’s (NBI) forensic laboratory.

Garin then, also did not the opportunity to pass by questioning the credibility of Erwin Erfe as director of the PAO facility, which was created on Jan. 27, 2010.

Then the former DOH secretary took note of the following differences between the findings of forensic investigation results between the police and PAO in some high-profile cases such as that of Kian Delos Santos, Reynaldo “Kulot” de Guzman, and Christine Lee Silawan. For one, Garin said that the NBI’s forensic investigations showed that delos Santos sustained two gunshot wounds while PAO found three.

“Ang nakakapagtaka, bakit iba ang findings ng NBI as compared to the findings of the PAO forensic laboratory?” Garin said.

“As a doctor, this will actually point to the proximity of the assailant and I believe the Department of Justice, being composed of many lawyers, would know that this has a lot of implications with regard to the cases,” Garin added.

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Report from The Manila Times

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