- Senator called on Ombudsman to probe previous administration over dengue vaccine mess
- He said accountable officials should be punished with irregularities, damage caused by vaccine
- He also called on gov’t to demand refund from drug manufacturer
MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Richard “Dick” Gordon called on the Ombudsman to investigate the administration of former president Benigno Aquino III over the controversial dengue vaccine Dengvaxia.
Gordon said heads should roll for the irregularities in the procurement of the drug as well as whatever damage it may cause to those children who were vaccinated with it.
“Dahil diyan lalabas ang maraming kaso na negligence, reckless imprudence lalabas diyan and even outright, talagang homicide, multiple homicide diyan kung maraming mamamatay,” GMA News quoted him as saying. “At siyempre, magkakaroon ng role ang Ombudsman dahil talagang lalabas na minadali, sinalamangka ‘yung pera, nilipat ‘yung pera sa ibang lugar na hindi dumaan sa Kongreso.”
[Because of that there will arise many cases of negligence, reckless imprudence, and even outright homicide and multiple homicide if many died. Of course, the Ombudsman will have a role because the procurement was hastened, the money was magically transferred for a use which did not pass through Congress.]
Among others, Gordon noted that it was irregular for former health secretary Janette Garin to have been the officer-in-charge of the Food and Drugs Administration when she also headed the Department of Health.
“Ang FDA noon, si Secretary Garin, nag-OIC siya, which is very irregular. Dapat ang FDA ay independent,” he said.
[The FDA back then, Secretary Garin was their OIC, which is very irregular. The FDA should be independent.]
The FDA is a regulatory agency under the DOH.
As for Sanofi Pasteur, Gordon urged the government to demand a refund as well as hold the drug manufacturer liable.
“That has to be done. Sanofi can afford that and it’s not taking advantage. They have to be answerable. May recklessness sila,”he said.