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Anyare? Migz Zubiri to ask Gordon on Dengvaxia mess findings

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Without directly blaming former president Noynoy Aquino, Senator Migz Zubiri on Saturday said the previous administration must be held liable for the Dengvaxia vaccine mess.

He is not yet ready to approve the recommendation of Senator Richard Gordon to file graft charges against Aquino for approving the purchase of Dengvaxia vaccine worth over P1 billion in December 2017.

“Maraming usapin pa ‘yan dahil pagdedebatehan pa ang committee report,” Zubiri said in a radio interview.

“I will ask question to Sen. Gordon kung paano nya na-conclude ‘yung pangyayari,” the senator said.

Gordon, chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, conducted the probe on the vaccine scandal and eventually released his panel’s report on Wednesday.

However, some senators are not convinced by Gordon’s conclusion that Aquino benefitted from the deal with Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccine manufacturer.

“But as far as I am concerned, dapat talaga may pananagutan, ‘di naman p’wedeng walang pananagutan (ang nagdaang administrasyon),” Zubiri said.

“Ilang bilyon ang ginastos nila, halos one million ang tinurukan na hindi naman makakatulong,” he said.

Zubiri added, “So, hindi naman p’wedeng, ‘Ay sorry. Sige, nagkamali tayo.’ There has to be legal and administrative sanctions.”

He already signed the report. “I spent about 2 hours reading the report and pinirmahan ko po s’ya.”

“Of course, when we sign the committee report naman hindi naman ibig sabihin ay sang-ayon ka na agad sa nakalagay dun,” he said.

“Pag pumipirma ka sa committee report parang ministerial ‘yan para sa amin, para matake up na ‘yan sa plenary at mapagdebatehan,” Zubiri said.

“Definitely, I will ask question pagdating sa interpellation. Ang importante kasi dyan meron na tayong draft committee report,” he said.