Should Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial be blamed for the deadlock concerning two contraceptives bought by the federal government?
This query arose after former Health Secretary Janette Garin cleared the Supreme Court and the Food and Drug Administration within the controversy surrounding using contraceptive implants Implanon and Impanon NXT, which has dragged on for greater than a yr.
Garin defined that after the Supreme Court issued a TRO on the 2 implants in ____, there was “unanimous consensus” that the following step needs to be for the FDA to certify they weren’t abortifacients inside one to 2 months. ”As it was pressing and there have been timelines, we needed to proceed regardless of Secretary Ubial’s absence as she left for China to attend a leprosy convention,” she mentioned.
However, she mentioned issues slowed down after a DOH official informer her, Taguig Rep. Pia Cayetano within the presence of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez that President Rodrigo Duterte reportedly needed to file a movement for reconsideration as an alternative.
The DOH official reportedly additionally quoted Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, an advocate of the Reproductive Health Law, as having suggested Ubial to file a movement for reconsideration as an alternative of constructing FDA comply for the reason that outcomes of a listening to on the matter can be identified inside two months.
Government officers had been reportedly assured by FDA Director General Charade Puno that the listening to can be quick.
“Though we had doubts in the veracity of DOH’s claim that the Palace wanted an MR, and Cong Lagman denied that he changed his mind, majority followed the DOH directive to gather and publicly march in the streets towards the SC headed by the SOH (Secretary of Health) in full media coverage in filing the MR (motion for reconsideration),” Garin mentioned.
As a former Health Secretary, Garin mentioned she was in opposition to submitting a movement for reconsideration since it should just delay the proceedings.
“Now that the President has spoken, accountability should be given to those who prevented DG Puno in conducting the hearings, killing the posibility of having this issue resolved last Sept-October 2016,” she mentioned.
The controversy on the 2 contraceptives surfaced anew after Duterte slammed the Supreme Court for supposedly issuing a non permanent restraining order (TRO) on the implementation of the RH Law.
In response, Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno clarified there was no TRO on the RH Law and that the TRO on the 2 implants can be lifted upon the issuance of a correct certification from the FDA.