By Jeffrey Damicog
The Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) is set to file this Friday more complaints before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against those who should be held responsible for the deaths of children who received shots of the still experimental anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia.
“We will file five to six complaints,” said PAO Chief Persida Acosta.
Acosta said the PAO will file the complaints on behalf of the families of the dead children.
She noted that since 2018 the PAO has filed on behalf of other families a total of 55 complaints before the DOJ concerning 54 persons who died and one who survived after getting shots of the vaccine.
The PAO chief has already vowed to continue filing more cases before the DOJ considering the PAO forensic team has autopsied already a total of 149 victims who are suspected to have died after getting the vaccine.
Last November 18, the PAO filed six complaints before the DOJ concerning the deaths of six children, namely, Renelyn Avellanosa, Psalm Dioquino, Lalaine Laylay, Levie Losanga, Theresa Romano, and Lennon Carl Ribo.
Under the complaints, the respondents are accused of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide under Article 365 of the Revised Penal Code; torture resulting in the death of a person and torture committed against children under Republic Act 9745, the Anti-Torture Act of 2009; and for violating RA 7394, the Consumer Act of the Philippines, particularly, the mislabeling of drugs and devices, liability for defective products, and liability for product and service imperfection.
The complaints named as respondents, among others, Iloilo First District Rep. Janette Garin and Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.
Also named respondents were current and former Department of Health (DOH) officials, namely, Dr. Vicente Belizario Jr., Dr. Kenneth Hartigan-Go, Dr. Gerardo Bayugo, Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy, Dr. Irma Asuncion, Dr. Julius Lecciones, Dr. Joyce Ducusin, Dr. Herminigildo Valle, Rosalind Viianzon, Mario Baquilod; 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; Dr. Sonia Gonzales of the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC), and Dr. Raymundo Lo, a former PCMC official.
Executives of Sanofi Pastuer and local distributor Zuellig Pharma were also included as respondents. They are Carlito Realuyo, Stanislas Camart, Jean Louis Grunwald, Jean-Francois Vacherand, Conchita Santos, Jazel Anne Calvo, Pearl Grace Cabali, and Marie Esther De Antoni; from Zuellig Pharma are Kasigod Jamias, Michael 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.