Department of Justice summons 2 docs over Dengvaxia

December 27, 2018

THE Department of Justice has ordered two physicians of the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) to answer charges linking them to deaths allegedly caused by the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia.

Doctors Raymundo Lo, then PCMC deputy executive director for professional services, and Sonia Gonzales were ordered to file their counter-affidavits at the Department of Justice today at 10 a.m.

The two were sued for reckless imprudence resulting in homicide and violation of the anti-torture law after the Public Attorney’s Office moved for their inclusion as respondents to existing complaints against former Health secretary Janette Garin and several others.

PAO, which represents parents of 20 school children who died allegedly due to Dengvaxia, claimed that Gonzales signed a purchase request on behalf of Lo for the vaccine in 2016.

Lo has denied the charges, claiming he did not sign the purchase request nor authorize anyone to sign such a document.

He claimed that PAO was just trying to “intimidate” him for his “damning testimony” at a House hearing on the vaccine controversy.

The PAO has filed at least 27 complaints against Garin, other former and incumbent officials of the Department of Health, and officers of Dengvaxia manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur and its local distributor Zuellig Pharma.