By Jeffrey Damicog
Another criminal complaint was filed Wednesday before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against former Health Secretary Janette Garin and 36 others over the death of another child inoculated with the Dengvaxia anti-dengue vaccine.
Assisted by the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO), the latest complaint was filed by the family of John Paul Rafael, an 11-years-old boy from Bataan who died in April 2016 after getting a dengvaxia shot.
“Prior to receiving the vaccine, John Paul was healthy, strong and active kid who seldom got sick. He was even engaged in track and field activities in school. He never had any serious illness, including dengue, and had never been hospitalized. He received no notable medication other than Dengvaxia,” the complaint read.
The respondents are accused of reckless imprudence resulting to homicide under the Revised Penal Code (RPC); torture resulting in the death of any person and torture committed against children in violation of the Anti-Torture Act of 2009; and for defective product and mislabeled product in violation of the Consumer Act of the Philippines.
Apart from Garin, those included in the complaint are Dr. Vicente Belizario Jr., Dr. Kenneth Hartigan-Go, Dr. Gerardo Bayugo, Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy, Dr. Irma Asuncion, Dr. Julius Lecciones, Dr. Joyce Ducusin, Rosalind Viianzon, and Mario Baquilod.
Also named respondents are Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials Dr. Maria Lourdes Santiago and Melody Zamudio; and officials of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), namely, Drs. Socorro Lupisan and Maria Rosario Capeding.
Executives of Dengvaxia manufacturer Sanofi Pastuer and local distributor Zuellig Pharma were likewise named respondents.
Also included in the complaint were Sanofi Pasteur executives Carlito Realuyo, Stanislas Camart, Jean Louis Grunwald, Jean-Francois Vacherand, Conchita Santos, Jazel Anne Calvo, Pearl Grace Cabali, and Marie Esther De Antoni.
While, those from Zuellig Pharma were Kasigod Jamias, John Paul Becker, Ricardo Romulo, Imran Babar Chugtai, Rayumund Azurin, Nilo Badiola, John Stokes Davison, Marc Franck, Ashley Gerard Antonio, Ana Liza Peralta, Rosa Maria Chua, Danilo Cahoy, Manuel Concio III, Roland Goco, and Ma. Visitacion Barreiro, Goco, and Ma. Visitacion Barreiro.