March 31, 2022 @ 10:49 AM 3 months ago

FORMER Health secretary now  Iloilo Rep. Janette Garin, Health Sec. Francisco Duque 3rd and 37 others are facing criminal as well as civil charges for the death of 166th ‘victim’ who’s allegedly inoculated with the controversial anti-dengue vaccine known as Dengvaxia.

Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) chief Persida Rueda-Acosta said the agency’s special panel of lawyers and the Volunteers against Crime and Corruption will lodge in coming days the criminal charges before the Department of Justice while the civil case will be filed before a Que-zon City Regional Trial Court.

She’s referring to the latest Dengvaxia ‘death’ involving a 15-year-old student named ‘Aaron’ from General Trias, Cavite who’s inoculated with three doses of the dengue vaccine.

The boy, who used to be healthy, active and athletic prior to his vaccination in 2016 and 2017, expired last March 14, 2022, according to PAO’s Forensics Division head Dr. Erwin Erfe who led his team in conducting the autopsy examination on the victim’s body.

The teenager had the same signs and symptoms exhibited by the other victims after getting doses of Dengvaxia, Dr. Erfe said.

PAO said the respondents will face same charges of reckless imprudence resulting to multiple homicide, violation of the Anti-Torture Law (Republic Act 9745), violation of the Consumer Act of the Philippines (R.A. 7394) and violation of the Phi-lippine Pharmacy Act (R.A. 10918) which have already filed against them over the previous Dengvaxia deaths.

Aside from Garin and Duque, other respondents include officials of Dengvaxia manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur Inc., vaccine distributor Zuellig Pharma, Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC), Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and Food and Drug Administration, it said.

Navotas gives cash aid to solo parents

NAVOTAS Mayor Toby Tiangco and brother. Rep. John Rey Tiangco have started distributing financial assistance to qualified solo parents through its Gender and Development fund.

They said a total of 200 Navoteños who applied and renewed their solo parent identification cards would receive the P2,000 cash subsidy.

The ‘Saya All, Angat All Tulong Pinansyal’ for solo parents is also part of the city government’s series of pandemic recovery programs,    according to the mayor who’ll try to switch post with, Rep. JRT in the May 9 local elections.

“We hope to give them the means to provide for their families, especially now that the expanded face-to-face classes have started and the prices of basic commodities have increased,” they added.

To run for the whole year to accommodate all qualified solo parents, the program is expected to benefit around 1,500 solo parents in the city.