QC-RTC okays trial vs former Health chief over Dengvaxia row

QC-RTC okays trial vs former Health chief over Dengvaxia row

The call for justice brought about by the Dengvaxia scandal continues and is now on the second term of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte the wheels of justice is slowly turning.
A Quezon City Regional Trial Court presided by Judge Maria Gilda Loja-Pangilinan in her three page order denied former Health secretary and now Iloilo Rep. Janette Garin’s motion to dismiss for lack of merit a damage suit filed by the kin of Zandro Colite, 11, who died on Dec. 27, 2017 due to multiple organ bleeding after receiving the vaccine.

The RTC ruled that it has found enough basis to proceed with the trial after stating that the venue of the case was properly laid out and there was enough cause of action.
Former Health secretary and now Iloilo Rep. Janette Garin
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“Upon perusal of the complaint, the court finds the allegations in the complaint sufficient to constitute a cause of action, and defendant’s averments as merely directed to the veracity and correctness of the allegations found therein,” it stated.
Garin previously filed her motion to dismiss based on that she is not a resident of Quezon City therefore the RTC cannot exercise jurisdiction over her person.
However, the Judge Loja-Pangilinan said that “the venue [was] properly laid by the plaintiff when he chose to file the instant complaint in this court by reason of the residence of one of the impleaded defendants which he considers as a principal defendant.”

The former Health Secretary is also facing several criminal charges in the lower court after Department of Justice (DoJ) indicted her and several others for the Dengvaxia vaccine, which allegedly claimed hundreds of lives.

Charges of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide and violations of the Anti-Torture Act and Consumer Act are also being faced by Garin.


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