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DOJ subpoenas PNoy anew over Dengvaxia raps

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The Department of Justice has issued another subpoena against former President Benigno Aquino III over the dengue vaccine mess, Politiko has learned.

Aquino was ordered to attend the May 15 hearing on the cases filed by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) and Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution in connection with the Dengvaxia controversy.

Last February, VACC and Vanguard filed a complaint against Aquino and several former government officials for graft, malversation of public funds, causing undue injuries and violations of the procurement law.

The complaint said Aquino should be held liable over the Dengvaxia mess because he met with officials of the pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur abroad and “juggled funds and authorized the release of a total of P3.55 billion” for the purchase of Dengvaxia vaccine within the 45-day election ban.

Among the other officials named in the complaint were former Budget Secretary Butch Abad and former Health Secretary Janette Garin.

Aquino denied doing anything wrong, saying it was clear that the complaints against him were “based on imagination and wrong intention.”