DOJ ends preliminary probe of Dengvaxia raps vs. Duque, Garin
The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday (Dec. 13) ended the preliminary investigation over the fourth batch of Dengvaxia complaints filed against Iloilo 1st District Representative Janette Garin and Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.
“Submitted na for resolution na itong fourth batch consisting of one survivor itong si Mark Joseph Estandarte at yung labingdalawa naman patay,” said Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) Chief Persida Acosta.
The other 12 dead children are Aldrid Aberia, Micaella Mainit, Eira Mae Galoso, Riceza Salgo, Leiden Alcabasa, Jonnel Dacquel, Kenchie Ocfemia, Angelica Pulumbarit, John Marky Ferrer, Maricel Manriza, Charmel Flordeliz and Annaliza Silverio.
In the 13 complaints, the respondents are accused of reckless imprudence resulting to multiple homicide, violating the Anti-Torture Act, and violating the Consumer Protection Act.
The complaints named 40 respondents including Garin and Duque.
Among the respondents, former Department of Health (DOH) official Dr. Herminigildo Valle and foreign Zuellig Pharma executive Imran Babar Chugtai failed to file counter-affidavits during the preliminary investigation and, because of this, waived their rights to do so.