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Acosta to continue filing Dengvaxia cases unless DOJ chief stops her

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Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) Chief Persida Acosta said only Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra can stop her from filing Dengvaxia cases.

“May order ang DOJ, hindi naman nirerevoke ni Secretary Guevarra,” Acosta said.

Acosta is referring to the 2017 order of then Justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II which instructed the PAO “to extend free legal assistance in civil, criminal and administrative cases to all possible victims of Dengvaxia related injuries, illnesses and deaths.”

She noted that the PAO has already autopsied a total of 148 victims who died after being inoculated with the still experimental anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia.

From the number, Acosta said the PAO has filed 54 complaints before the Department of Justice (DOJ) as well as another complaint concerning the suffering a child survivor underwent.

The complaints included Iloilo Rep. Janette Garin and Health Secretary Francisco Duque III as respondents for their alleged liability in the inoculation of the vaccine.

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