Kahit ayaw kay Acosta: Guevarra assures Duterte won’t meddle in resolution on Dengvaxia raps
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has assured President Rodrigo Duterte will not interfere in the complaints filed against Health Secretary Francisco Duque III concerning his liability over those who are believed to have died as result of getting shots of the Dengvaxia anti-dengue vaccine.
Guevarra made the assurance after Duterte said the complaints against Duque will not prosper since these involves a battle of medical experts.
“The President merely expressed a personal opinion in reaction to Secretary Duque’s statement that Public Attorneys’ Office (PAO) chief Acosta had relentlessly filed cases against him in connection with the Dengvaxia controversy,” Guevarra said.
Assisted by the PAO, families of alleged Dengvaxia victims have filed complaints before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against Duque who is accused of with reckless imprudence resulting in homicide as well as violating the Anti-Torture Act and Consumer Act.
“In fairness to the President, he has never interfered in the discharge of the DOJ’s functions and responsibilities, including the resolution of the Dengvaxia cases,” Guevarra said.
“I also don’t have any hand in the preliminary investigation. My office only steps in when there is petition for review filed before the DOJ challenging the resolution of the investigating prosecutors. That’s the process we follow in DOJ,” he added.
Meanwhile, Guevarra informed Duterte that “the DOJ investigating panels were studying these cases very carefully, as these cases involved not only Secretary Duque but more importantly the interest of the general public.”