2 more Dengvaxia raps filed vs. Duque, Garin

Published November 15, 2018, 3:57 PM

by Patrick Garcia

By Jeffrey Damicog

Two more criminal complaints were filed against Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and former Health Secretary Janette Garin over their alleged liability in the deaths of two more children who got inoculated with the Dengvaxia anti-dengue vaccine.

PAST AND PRESENT – Former Health secretary Janette Garin (left), who has been linked by another former Health chief Enrique Ona to the Dengvaxia controversy, chats with Health Secretary Francisco Duque (right) during a break in the Senate hearing Monday. (Czar Dancel)
Former Health secretary Janette Garin (left) and Health Secretary Francisco Duque (right) (Czar Dancel / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Assisted by the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO), the parents of the two children filed their complaint yesterday (Nov. 15) before the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The two complaints, which concern the deaths of children Shiela Mae Guerra and Gillian Vasquez, accused Duque, Garin and their 36 co-respondents of reckless imprudence resulting to homicide under Article 365 of the Revised Penal Code; and torture resulting to the death of a person and the torture of a child under Republic Act 9745, also known as the Act Penalizing Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment.

The respondents are also accused violations of RA 7394, the Consumer Act of the Philippines, namely, mislabeled drugs and devices; liability for defective products; and liability for product and service imperfection.

With the two complaints, there are now a total of 29 complaints filed against Garin and six against Duque.

PAO Chief Persida Acosta said all 29 victims exhibited similar symptoms and also have similar results in their autopsies.

“Pare-pareho ito (they are all the same. Common pattern of symptoms, common pattern and manifestation of the cadaver,” she told reporters.

Aside from Garin and Duque, their co-respondents in the two latest complaints include Department of Health (DOH) officials Dr. Vincent Belizario Jr., Dr. Kenneth Hartigan-Go, Dr. Gerardo Bayugo, Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy, Dr. Irma Asuncion, Dr. Julius Lecciones, Dr. Joyce Ducusin, Rosalind Vianzon, and Mario Baquilod; Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) officials Drs. Socorro Lupisan and Maria Rosario Capeding; and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials Maria Lourdes Santiago and Melody Zamudio.

Executives of Dengvaxia manufacturer Sanofi Pastuer and local distributor Zuellig Pharma are also included as respondents.

The Sanofi Pasteur executives are Carlito Realuyo, Stanislas Camart, Jean Louis Grunwald, Jean-Francois Vacherand, Conchita Santos, Jazel Anne Calvo, Pearl Grace Cabal, Marie Esther De Antoni.

While, the Zuellig Pharma executives are Kasigod Jamias, Michael Becker, Ricardo Romulo, Imran Babar Chugtai, Raymund 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.