DoJ junks with finality Garin’s libel suit vs health execs

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The Department of Justice on Wednesday dismissed with finality the libel charges filed by former Health secretary Janette Garin against her successor Paulyn Ubial and several others over allegations linking her to Dengvaxia controversy.

This as the DoJ junked Garin’s motion for reconsideration against Ubial, former DOH consultant Dr. Francisco Cruz, former DOH executive Dr. Teodoro Herbosa and health reform advocate Dr. Anthony Leachon.

Instead, the DoJ affirmed its resolution last year that dismissed for lack of probable cause the libel complaints filed by Garin before the prosecutor’s offices in Iloilo, Quezon City and Manila.

“A perusal of the foregoing motions shows no new matter which was taken not taken into consideration in assessing /evaluating the complaints. Thus, there is no compelling reason to alter or modify our joint resolution,” read the ruling signed by Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Lilian Doris Alejo and approved by Prosecutor General Richard Anthony Fadullon.

The DoJ reiterated that the accusations made by respondents against Garin did not have malice – a key element in the crime of libel.

Garin filed the case in Iloilo against Ubial who claimed that corruption took place in the anti-dengue vaccination scheme under Garin’s watch during the past administration.

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