Indict Duque over Dengvaxia mess, Department of Justice urged

March 22, 2019
Francisco Duque III
Francisco Duque III

THE Public Attorney’s Office has filed a motion for reconsideration before the Department of Justice urging government prosecutors to reconsider their resolution clearing Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and several Sanofi officials from criminal liability in  anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia deaths.

According to PAO, prosecutors who handled the case should revisit their resolution, saying exonerating Duque and officers of Sanofi, the manufacturer of Dengvaxia, would be a travesty of justice.

PAO pointed out Duque should be included in the criminal information for reckless imprudence resulting in homicide and violations of the Anti-Torture Act and Consumer Act.

Apart from Duque, PAO also sought the indictment of former Department of Health officer in charge Hermenigildo Valle and Sanofi officials for the crime of homicide and violation of the anti-torture law.

While prosecutors recommend the dropping of charges against Duque and other individuals, they however found probable cause to charge in court former Health secretary Janette Garin and nine other Heath officials.

Indicted along with Garin were Dr. Vicente Belizario Jr., Dr. Kenneth Hartigan Go, Dr. Gerardo Bayugo, Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy, Dr. Irma Asuncion, Dr. Julius Lecciones, Dr. Maria Joyce Ducusin, Dr. Rosalinda Vianzon and Dr. Mario Baquilod.

PAO has been assisting families of victims who were inoculated with the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia.

The vaccine was being blamed for sickness and even deaths mostly school children.