The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the consolidation of all Dengvaxia criminal cases filed before various courts, Public Attorneys Office (PAO) Chief Persida Acosta.
“Nagpapapsalamat ako sa Supreme Court, kay Chief Justice Peralta, sa kanyang napakaagang pamaskong handog sa ating mga biktima ng Dengvaxia at mga magulang nito,” she said during a recent online press conference.
Acosta said her office received this week a copy of the SC’s resolution which consolidated all Daengvaxia criminal cases to a regional trial court (RTC) in Quezon City.
The SC ruling ordered the “the Executive Judge of the Regional Trial Court of Quezon City to cause the raffle of the above mentioned cases to a single branch of family court for further proceedings within three days from receipt the case records.”
“Hindi na mapi-pingpong, hindi na madi-drible drible kung saang korte bago dumating sa tunay at tamang korte jurisdiction,” she explained.
Acosta noted there currently 57 criminal cases filed before various concerning the 57 dead victims who got inoculated with the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia.
However, she said some of these cases got dismissed due to the lack of jurisdiction of the courts where these cases were filed.
The PAO has been assisting the families of victims in the prosecution of Dengvaxia cases pursuant to the 2017 order of then Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre II.