- The House of Representatives Committee on Health was eyeing to charge government officials behind the Dengvaxia controversies
- Among the officials involved were former President Benigno Aquino III, former Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, and former Health Secretary Janette Garin
- The committee reported that the former President should be held responsible for the purchase of P3.5 billion worth of Dengvaxia vaccine
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The House of Representatives Committee on Health wanted to file charges against former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, former Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, and former Health Secretary Janette Garin for the Dengvaxia controversies.
In a report by Philippine Star, the House panel is eyeing to charge Aquino, Abad, and Garin for graft, grave misconduct, and technical malversation. KAMI learned that the panel has pointed out that there was alleged connivance among the government officials over the large purchase of Dengvaxia vaccine by the Aquino administration.
According to the House’s draft report, Aquino must be held liable for the approval of the P3.5 billion budget for the Dengvaxia vaccines back in 2015. On the other hand, Abad must be held responsible for requesting the release of the aforementioned funds.
"These officials provided shortcuts in the process to favor Sanofi Pasteur, the manufacturer of a commercially available dengue vaccine. These officials may, therefore, be held liable for, conspiring and confederating with one another for the purpose of 'giving any private party any unwarranted benefits, advantage or preference,'" the report read as reported by GMA News.
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The program for Dengvaxia was first implemented in April 2016, purportedly to prevent people from having dengue. The government started the program first in some schools, the Department of Health said that the students would be given three doses.
However, in November, the DOH has reported that there were 30 cases involving those who received the vaccine. The cases were considered as “serious cases that needed hospitalization,” as reported by CNN Philippines.
In a previous report by KAMI, Senator JV Ejercito has pointed out that as per DOH, there was no confirmed death caused directly by Dengvaxia.
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