Dengvaxia deaths raps filed

March 01, 2019
Janette Garin

THE Department of Justice yesterday indicted former Health secretary Janette Garin and several others for reckless imprudence resulting in homicide over the deaths of school children inoculated with the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia.

This was after prima facie evidence was established against the accused during preliminary investigation by a panel of government prosecutors.

In a resolution, the DoJ stressed Garin and other respondents were sued for “inexcusable lack of precaution and foresight” when they facilitated, with undue haste, “the registration and purchase of Dengvaxia.”

Aside from Garin, also to be charged were Department of Health officials Dr. Vincente Belizario Jr., Dr. Kenneth Hartigan-Go, Dr. Gerardo Bayug, Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy, Dr. Irma Asuncion, Dr. Julius Lecciones, Dr. Maria Joyce Ducusin, Dr. Rosalind Vianzon, and Dr. Mario Baquilod

The DoJ also charged Sanofi Pasteur Inc. officials of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide, namely, Carlito Realuyo, Stanislas Camart, Jean Louis Grunwald, Jean Francois Vacherand, Conchita Santos and Jazel Anne Calvo.

Also facing indictment are Maria Lourdes Santiago and Melody Zamudio from the Food and Drug Administration, and Research Institute for Tropical Medicine’s Dr. Socorro Lupisan and Dr. Maria Rosario Capeding.

The DoJ however dismissed the criminal complaints against Health Secretary Francisco Duque, Zuellig Pharma Corporation officers and directors and Sanofi officials for insufficiency of evidence.