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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

DOJ Summons Ex-Pres. Noynoy Aquino & Two Former Cabinet Secretaries to Respond to Criminal Charges in Connection with Dengvaxia Vaccine

Former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, former Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and former Health Secretary Janette Garin, photo from ABS-CBN News

The Department of Justice under the current administration of Pres. Rody Duterte has summoned former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III (Noynoy Aquino) together with two former Cabinet Secretaries to give response to the criminal charges thrown against them concerning the number of children who past away and severe illnesses inoculated with the controversial anti-dengue Dengvaxia vaccine.

As stated by the DOJ, a section of investigating prosecutors granted a subpoena compelling former Pres. Aquino and also his former aides to show up yesterday, May 15, 2018. The DOJ are going to conduct its preliminary investigation on the issue filed by 2 anti-crime advocacy organizations along with the families helped by the Public Attorney's Office (PAO).The panel of investigating prosecutors are consisting of Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Rossane Balauag as its head with the following the following associates together with Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Hazel Decena Valdez and also Assistant State Prosecutors Consuelo Corazon Pazziuagan and Gino Paolo Santiago.

The issue was filed by Philippine Anti-Corruption Commission Commissioner and even Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) lawyer Manuelito Luna, and also Eligio Mallari of the Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution Inc.

Apart from former President Aquino, also mandated to appear were former Health Secretary Janette Garin and then former Budget Secretary Florencio Abad. Within the subpoena were officials of Zuellig Pharma and even Sanofi Pasteur, which delivered the vaccine to the Philippines and was used by the DOH in the functioning of the nationwide anti-dengue program facilitated by the Aquino admin and continued by the Duterte administration.

Involved in the charge sheet were health undersecretaries Carol Tinio, Gerardo Bayugo, Lilibeth David and also Mario Villaverde; health assistant secretaries Lyndon Lee Suy and then Nestor Santiago; further health officials, including Laureano Cruz, Joyce Ducusin, Mar Wynn Bello, Leonila Gorgolon, Rio Magpantay, Ariel Valencia and also Julius Lecciones; previous health undersecretaries Nemesio Gako, Vicente Belisario, Jr. and also Kenneth Hartigan-Go; Garin’s head executive assistant Yolanda Oliveros; unnamed directors as well as officers, or employees of Zuellig; together with unnamed directors, officers or even employees of Sanofi Pasteur.

In its complaint, the VACC declared former President Aquino was obviously responsible after he met with Sanofi officials abroad and then juggled finances and approved the release of P3 .55 billion to spend money on the vaccines, within the 45-day election ban.

Criminal charges were submitted against former Secretary Abad for authorizing the allotment order for the procurement. Garin was charged for permitting the procurement along with the vaccination of children.

Sanofi was fined for “undue interest” over the delivery of the vast vaccination program.

Aquino together with Garin were even accused of violating election rules by using the vaccination program “to further the candidacy of Liberal Party presidential bet Mar Roxas as well as the other candidates of the Liberal Party, at the expense of innocent children, and their utter disregard of the Procurement Law.”

Source: The Manila Times / PNA 


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