PAO eyes family court in QC to handle all Dengvaxia cases

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The Public Attorney’s Office on Thursday asked the Supreme Court to assign a court to handle all cases involving anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia.

In a 25-page petition, PAO requested the high court to designate a family court in Quezon City to hear and decide on Dengvaxia cases.

PAO sought the consolidation of cases filed in various trial courts in Quezon City, Caloocan City, Muntinlupa City, Laguna and Bataan.

At the same time, PAO asked SC to designate another regional trial court in Quezon City to handle the civil aspect of these cases.

“In asking for a change of venue, the petitioners invoke the high probability that there will be miscarriage of justice if the instant cases are heard by various courts in three different judicial regions of the country,” read the petition signed by PAO chief Persida Rueda – Acosta.

“The trial of the instant cases will call for substantially the same set of witnesses, particularly on the technical aspect of the procurement of the Dengvaxia vaccine and implememtation of the mass immunization program, as well as medical aspect of the case to prove the legal and proximate causation between the inoculation of the herein minor-victims and their eventual deaths,” it argued.

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