- Former health secretary welcomed ex-solon’s filing of complaint against her
- She said it will provide a venue where they could acquit themselves
- She also denied husband pressured successor into purchasing more dengue vaccines
MANILA, Philippines – Former health secretary Janette Garin said she welcomed former congressman Augusto Syjuco Jr.’s complaint against her and former president Benigno Aquino III; saying it would grant them an opportunity to resolve the issues against them.
“I welcome the case. Maganda ho ‘yan na nag-file ng case si Congressman Syjuco dahil mabibigyan po kami ng platform to air fully everything that transpired, to submit all documents without bias at para ito po ay maging pagkakataon na lagyan ng closure ‘yung issue na ‘to,” GMA News quoted her as saying.
[I welcome the case. It’s good that Congressman Syjuco filed a case because it will give us a platform to air fully everything that transpired, to submit all documents without bias and to have a chance for closure on this issue.]
In his complaint filled with newspaper clippings which he filed with the Ombudsman, Syjuco accused Garin and Aquino of committing mass murder and plunder with their purchase and use of Dengvaxia in the Department of Health’s national immunization program.
Garin said she did not mind the lawsuit coming from an old political rival.
“Well, noong una po, sa lokal na pulitika, magkalaban kami, although personally he and his wife are a friend to me,” she said.
[Well, at the start, in local political scene, we were rivals, although personally he and his wife are a friend to me.]
The former DOH chief also denied that her husband Iloilo Rep. Oscar “Richard” Garin Jr. had pressured her successor Paulyn Ubial into purchasing more dengue vaccines under pain of not having appointment confirmed by the Commission on Appointments.
“Wala pong pressure at wala pong kinalaman ‘yon sa kanyang confirmation,” she said.
[There was no pressure and it had nothing to do with her confirmation.]