Indictment of Garin et al in Dengvaxia issue welcomed

March 03, 2019
Janette Garin

THE Public Attorney’s Office yesterday welcomed the resolution of the Department of Justice recommending the indictment of former Health secretary Janette Garin and other health officials over the deaths of children allegedly due to Dengvaxia.

PAO chief Persida Acosta said they see the findings of the DoJ “as a vindication of the agency’s pursuit of cases for victims and their families.”

She likewise expressed belief that the DoJ resolution rebuffed insinuations of Garin and DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III that PAO should be blamed for the public’s vaccine scare that supposedly led to the measles outbreak.

“We feel vindicated by the findings of the DoJ. Our tireless efforts for the families of victims have paid off,” Acosta said.

“This is proof that we did not create the vaccine scare of measles outbreak. It was precisely this criminal liability of Garin, as established in the preliminary investigation of the DoJ, that tainted the public’s trust in vaccines. It was this indiscriminate mass vaccination and under-distribution of safe vaccines that caused the alleged scare and outbreak,” she pointed out.

Acosta said the DoJ prosecutors will be able to establish the guilt of the accused in court, citing overwhelming evidence gathered by her office.