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One man show no more! Gordon Dengvaxia report slowly gathering signatures

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by: Xave Gregorio

At least five senators, including Senate Blue Ribbon committee chair Dick Gordon, have publicly stated that they have signed the committee report on the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine which recommends criminal charges against former President Noynoy Aquino.

Over the weekend, Senate health committee chair JV Ejercito and Senator Migz Zubiri said in separate radio interviews on DWIZ that they have signed the committee report.

However, Ejercito said he would still introduce amendments to the report as he disagreed with the recommended filing of graft charges against Aquino for his involvement in the procurement of the dengue vaccine.

Zubiri also said that signing the report does not necessarily mean that they are agreeing completely as they can still note that they would propose amendments or interpellate it.

Joining Gordon, Ejercito and Zubiri is Senator Nancy Binay, who told Senate reporters in a chance interview on Monday (April 16) that she has signed the report with the notes “may amend, will interpellate.”

“‘Yung committee report, it’s not the final report. Pagdedebatihan at paguusapan pa ‘yan at ide-defend pa ‘yan sa floor. Antayin na lang natin ‘yung magiging deliberation sa floor,” Binay said.

“Siguro maganda pakinggan kung paano ide-defend ni Senator Gordon ang ideas niya,” she said.

Aquino called the draft report the “Dick Gordon show” as the senator released it even without the signatures of other members of the Blue Ribbon committee.

But Gordon, in a radio interview on DZBB, said he is confident his report will receive the necessary nine signatures for it to be taken up in plenary.

He also said that Senate Majority Leader Tito Sotto and Senator Gringo Honasan have signed the report, however, they have not made public statements confirming or denying Gordon’s claims.

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto has also pledged to sign the draft report on Monday, Gordon said.

With at least five senators already signing the report, opposition Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Leila de Lima’s prediction that almost no lawmakers would be signing it have been quashed.

The Blue Ribbon committee chair has earlier said he expects that minority senators would not be signing the committee report.

But Senator Ping Lacson, who is a member of the majority bloc, has said that he would not sign the report.

“[Gordon] was directing the investigation to suit the outcome that he had desired from the very start,” Lacson said in a text message.

De Lima also dismissed the report as a “personal political manifesto demonizing” Aquino and his administration.

“The Gordon Report is as malicious as it is pre-ordained. It is made-to-order in accordance with Gordon’s political agenda,” she said in a dispatch from detention in the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame.

“Like most of Gordon’s so-called legislative investigations, the Dengvaxia hearings were as much a farce as they were a political witchhunt.”