Acosta asks SC to designate special courts to handle Dengvaxia cases

Published October 1, 2018, 4:23 PM

by Patrick Garcia

 

By Jeffrey Damicog

Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) Chief Persida Acosta has asked to Supreme Court (SC) to designate special courts which will handle cases involving the Dengvaxia dengue-vaccine.

Public Attorney's Office Chief Percida Acosta (ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)
Public Attorney’s Office Chief Percida Acosta
(ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

“Ang hiling ko sa Supreme Court, sumulat na kami, magkaroon ng designated Dengvaxia criminal court, magkaroon ng Dengvaxia civil court (I have already written to the SC asking to designate criminal and civil courts handling specifically Dengvaxia cases),” Acosta told reporters on Monday (Oct. 1).

The PAO chief said she already sent the letter request to the SC five months ago.

“Nandun pa sa Supreme Court, wala pang aksyon (the letter is still with the SC and has not yet been acted on),” Acosta said.

With this, Acosta has appealed to the SC to immediately act on the PAO request.

At the moment, criminal complaints filed by the PAO are still pending with the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Among the 92 dead persons autopsied by the PAO, the complaints so far concerns the deaths of 17 children who received Dengvaxia.

However, Acosta said civil cases have already been filed by the PAO before the Quezon City courts.

 
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