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Abangan ang susunod na kabanata: DOJ ends probe on 3rd batch of Dengvaxia raps vs. Duque, Garin

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday (July 11) wrapped up the conduct of its preliminary investigation over the third batch of complaints filed against Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and former health secretary Janette Garin concerning the Dengvaxia deaths.

Meanwhile, the DOJ panel of prosecutors has assured the lawyers of Duque, Garin and their co-respondents that it will not be influenced with the results of the first two batches.

“We are here to ensure you that we are not beholden with whatever findings of the first panel or second,” panel member Assistant State Prosecutor Amenda Garcia told lawyers on Thursday.

“We will deal with it accordingly,” she assured.

It can be recalled that the DOJ has filed charges against Garin and a number of others after finding probable cause to indict her over the first batch of complaints.

In the third batch of complaints, the respondents are being held responsible for the deaths of SPO2 Vicente Arugay Jr. and children Crezel Ann Joy Viaros, Adeline Castroverde, Wiljen Alcontin, Eleazar Brigoli Jr., Trishanne Asona, EJ Christian Apa, Joanina Cortes, Gladimier Juevesano, Kianah Mae Racuya, Shiela Mae Guerra, Gillian Vasquez, and Kristel Jean Magtira.

Under the complaints, the respondents are accused of reckless imprudence resulting to homicide, torture resulting in the death of a person, torture committed against children, and for violating the Consumer Act of the Philippines.

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