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Special treatment: Acosta asks SC to designate ‘Dengvaxia court’

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Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) Chief Persida Acosta has prodded the Supreme Court (SC) to designate a family court in Quezon City which will handle all the Dengvaxia cases filed before various courts.

In her latest pleading dated November 12, Acosta pushed for the resolution of the April 4 motion filed before the SC seeking to designate one court to handle all Dengvaxia cases.

The PAO chief prayed that “a resolution be immediately issued by this Honorable office on the instant Petition, so as to put an end to the conflicts with respect to the issue on which court has jurisdiction to try these cases.”

Acosta explained that “the consolidation of these cases in one Family Court in Quezon City will be more to the advantage of all of the parties and will further the orderly administration of justice as the trial of the said cases will be lodged in one Family Court.”

She lamented that that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed cases concerning the deaths of eight children in eight separate courts including those in Quezon City, Muntinlupa City, Balanga City and Caloocan City and San Pedro, Laguna.

Acosta added some of these courts even ruled that they have no jurisdiction over the cases they are handling.

“Considering the apparent conflicting Orders as to the issue on jurisdiction issued by the first level courts where the criminal cases subject to this petition have been raffled…it is apparent that the prosecution of the criminal cases filed in connection with the Dengvaxia vaccine fiasco will be delayed and will drag on for a very long time, to the prejudice of the herein petitioners who are seeking justice for the death and injuries of their respective children,” Acosta lamented.

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