DoJ to probe meds supplies issue

August 04, 2019
Menardo Guevarra

JUSTICE Secretary Menardo Guevarra yesterday said he will ask the National Bureau of Investigation to probe a Commission on Audit report on some P367 million worth of allegedly expiring medicines.

Guevarra said that he will ask the NBI to look into the criminal and administrative liabilities of officials involved in the reported anomaly.

Recently, House deputy majority leader Bernadette Dy of Bagong Henerasyon party-list revealed the stocks of expiring medicines.

“This huge expiring medicines fiasco has dealt a heavy blow to the credibility and integrity of the Department of Health (DoH) following the past eye operations and dialysis scams,” Dy said.

“Have they run out of competent people in the DoH? With the huge quantity of expiring medicines, that’s incompetence at the very least,” she said.

Dy called on Gueverra to instruct the National Bureau of Investigation “to work on this and ensure that documents and other evidence are preserved, do not mysteriously disappear or get destroyed.” 

She stressed that the administrative inquiry the DoH has launched “is not enough.”

“Taxpayers and ordinary citizens lost many times over in this situation, so mere administrative penalties would not achieve the ends of justice,” Dy said.