Garin, others face new Dengvaxia raps

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Former Health secretary Janette Garin and scores of others have been charged before the Department of Justice on Thursday in connection with the deaths of six pupils who received anti-dengue shots Dengvaxia.

Represented by the Public Attorney’s Office under chief Persida Acosta, parents of Angela Pulumbarit, Maricel Manriza, John Marky Ferrer, Charmel Flordeliz, Jonell Dacquel, and Kenchie Ocfemia filed the complaints.

They accused Garin and other respondents of reckless imprudence resulting to homicide under Article 365 of the Revised Penal Code; torture resulting in the death of a person and torture committed against children under Republic Act 9745, the Anti-Torture Act of 2009; and for violating RA 7394, the Consumer Act of the Philippines, particularly, the mislabeling of drugs and devices, liability for defective products, and liability for product and service imperfection.

The other respondents were former and incumbent officials of the Department of Health, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC), and executives of pharmaceutical firm Sanofi Pastuer and local distributor Zuellig Pharma.

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