Garin to face ‘baseless’ raps with ‘full courage’

February 22, 2020

BASELESS.

This is how Deputy Minority Leader and Iloilo Rep. Janet Garin described the new case to be filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) against her.

Garin defended and maintained her decision of allowing Dengvaxia to protect Filipinos especially children against dengue.

According to the DOJ, it found probably cause to include Garin, a former Health Secretary,  and other respondent health officials in the second batch of complaints concerning the death of schoolchildren who got vaccinated with Dengvaxia.

It also found sufficient evidence to indict the president of Sanofi for violating the Consumer Act of the Philippines for manufacturing the Dengvaxia vaccine.

But Garin said the accused public health servants sought to bring a life-saving vaccine to the country.

“Haharapin ko ito ng buong tapang at walang takot dahil alam natin ang katotohanan.

“Sa unang batch pa lang out of 7 criminal cases for reckless imprudence  filed against us, under the direction of PAO Chief Persida Acosta, six have already been dismissed and one remains pending,” Garin said.

She stressed the dismissals show the cases’ lack of basis and substance.

“Science has proven over and over again that no deaths have been linked to the Dengvaxia vaccine. Almost the whole world is using it now and no case like ours has surfaced,” Garin said.

“Hustisya bang matatawag na hayaan nating mamatay ang ating mga kababayan sa mga sakit na may gamot/bakuna naman? Kung ganunman, sino ang sisingilin natin sa mga namatay sa dengue nang tanggalin ang bakuna sa bansa? Sino ang sisingilin natin sa mga namatay dahil sa tigdas at mga nagkaroon ng polio dahil natakot sa bakuna?” she added.

She appealed to the administration allies to refrain from politicking but instead stick to the main issue.

“Sa dami ng problema at isyu sa bansa pilit pa rin binubuhay ang mga kasong walang basehan para manggipit lang at para pagtakpan ang mga mas importanteng usapin. Hindi dapat bahiran ng pulitika ang hustisya at pampublikong kalusugan,” she said.