- Dr. Francis Cruz, a former DOH consultant who claimed that there is a “mafia” in the agency, is facing two libel cases
- The libel cases were filed by DOH Assistant Secretary, Lee-Suy and the director of the Philippine Children’s Medical Center, Julius Lecciones
- Cruz, who is part of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) on the Dengvaxia controversy, is now being challenged to file charges against those officials he named as part of the “mafia”
Dr. Francis Cruz, a former Department of Health (DOH) consultant, is now facing another libel complaint due to his claim that there’s a “mafia-like operations” in the DOH.
He stated that around 18 DOH officials including former Health Secretary Janette Garin, DOH Assistant Secretary Lyndon Lee-Suy, among others, are part of a “mafia”, as per an ABS-CBN news story.
Dr. Cruz, who is also a consultant to the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) on the Dengvaxia controversy, claimed that these government officials gained from the P3.5 billion Dengvaxia vaccination program.
He first disclosed about the “mafia in the DOH” during an interview in Quezon City last January 13. Assistant Secretary Lee-Suy filed the libel case against him before the Manila Prosecutor’s Office. Another similar complaint was filed against him by Julius Lecciones; the director of the Philippine Children’s Medical Center.
These parties, including Sec. Garin, also challenged the former consultant to file charges against those people whom he said were involved in the agency’s “mafia”.
At present, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said he might consider conducting an investigation regarding the controversial issue.