Department of Justice wraps up Dengvaxia probe against Ubial

December 11, 2018

THE Department of Justice (DoJ) has concluded its preliminary investigation over the complaint filed against former Health secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial in connection with the deaths of children inoculated with the Dengvaxia vaccine.

Prosecutor Claire Eufracia Pagayanan declared the case submitted for resolution in last Monday’s hearing.

During the last hearing, Ubial filed her rejoinder to rebut the allegations hurled against her by former Health secretary Janette Garin.

In her affidavit, Garin accused Ubial of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide under Article 365 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC).

Garin explained the Department of Health (DoH) implemented a school-based dengue immunization program but, when Ubial took over, there was a reckless decision to have it expanded into a community-based program which resulted in the reported deaths.

“From the foregoing, it is clear that Sec. Ubial’s reckless implementation of the Community-Based Dengue Immunization Program was the only possible cause of the reported deaths,” read Garin’s complaint-affidavit.

“Deaths were reported soon after the implementation of Sec. Ubial’s Community-Based Dengue Immunization Program. It must be emphasized that the deaths started during Sec. Ubial’s term as Health secretary and afterwards,” Garin stressed.