By: Xave Gregorio
Senate Blue Ribbon committee chair Dick Gordon mentioned he’s set to suggest criminal instances in opposition to former President Noynoy Aquino and a few of his former Cabinet officers over the Dengvaxia mess.
“Definitely criminal proceedings should be filed against all these people who are involved here,” Gordon mentioned in an interview after the final Senate probe into the botched dengue vaccination program.
Asked if criminal instances ought to be filed in opposition to Aquino, together with former Health Secretary Janette Garin and former Budget Secretary Butch Abad, Gordon answered within the affirmative.
“Lahat sila. Anybody that has anything to do with the speed, the undue haste, the wastage of fund money and above all, the severe pain that has been inflicted by deaths and the painful stress and experience now being faced by our people,” Gordon mentioned.
Even former Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial, who expanded the dengue immunization program, might face charges, the senator mentioned.
Gordon additionally mentioned Aquino, Garin, Abad and even Sanofi officers might face homicide charges filed by dad and mom.
“At the very least, may dereliction of duty, may negligence, so gross as to amount to bad faith at talagang violation of the procurement law,” Gordon mentioned.
In the timeline the senator often refers to prior to now seven Senate hearings on Dengvaxia, it was proven that the particular allotment launch order for the dengue vaccination program was launched merely per week after the Food and Drug Administration accepted Dengvaxia for industrial launch.
Aquino, nonetheless, denied that there was a rush to buy Dengvaxia and that the funding used for its procurement got here from authorities financial savings.
But Gordon mentioned he sees a hyperlink between the pace of procuring the P3.5 billion dengue vaccines and the elections, as Dengvaxia was ordered bought because the Aquino administration was coming to a detailed.
The former president and a few of his former officers are already dealing with two criminal instances filed with the Office of the Ombudsman filed individually by former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority chief Buboy Syjuco for “mass murder” and by Gabriela Women’s Party for violation of the procurement legislation.
Gordon mentioned he would launch the committee report on March 20, which might define the suggestions of the Blue Ribbon committee, together with whether or not to file charges in opposition to former officers concerned within the Dengvaxia mess.
“I am not happy [with this,] but I really believe that they are responsible,” he mentioned.
Dengvaxia was given to over 830,000 kids earlier than its producer, French pharmaceutical firm Sanofi-Pasteur, disclosed in November 2017 that the vaccine might trigger “severe disease” amongst these not but contaminated with dengue.