PAO readies another Dengvaxia death complaint

December 30, 2019

THE Public Attorney’s Office is  readying another criminal suit against individuals implicated in the death of a child injected  with anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia.

PAO forensic chief Dr. Erwin Erfe said the grieving family of Noreen Martinez Labrigue, 14, has asked PAO to assist them in filing  charges before the Department of Justice.

Labrigue died while undergoing treatment for leukemia at the Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital. 

“She may have leukemia but we found also evidence of neurothropism and viscethropism, both severe adverse effects of Dengvaxia,” said Erfe, stressing neurothropism meant the girl had severe bleeding of the brain.

The girl was also found to have viscerothropism or multiple organ enlargement including the heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, and pancreas, he continued. 

“The findings are consistent with the other victims,” he pointed out.

Former and incumbent DOH  officials along with scores of others have been charged with 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.