P1.16-B assistance to patients injected with Dengvaxia denied

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  • Proposed supplemental budget worth P1.16-billion for children injected with Dengvaxia vaccine has been denied
  • Sen. JV Ejercito said there was not enough senators when the measure was taken
  • Ejercito promised to “work doubly hard” for its immediate approval in July

The proposed supplemental budget to cover the medical assistance of children who were inoculated with the dengue vaccine Dengvaxia has been apparently denied after the Senate failed to pass it before the closing of its session on Wednesday.

According to Sen. JV Ejercito, as posted on Inquirer, there was not enough lawmakers at the time when the measure was taken; as the Senate had a marathon deliberation for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

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As per Politiko news, the BBL topic was followed by the discussion regarding the ‘expression of the sense of the Senate to uphold the Constitution on the matter of ousting a chief justice from office.’

Ejercito said he was on standby the whole night and prepared to defend the P1.16-billion assistance.

“Priority nila quo warranto reso. Ano ba ang makakasagip ng buhay, quo warranto reso or supplemental appropriation for Dengvaxia vaccinees? Sayang din dalawang buwan. Sana magamit na ng mga biktima.”

[They prioritized the quo warranto resolution. Which will save lives? The quo warranto or the supplemental appropriation for Dengvaxia vaccinees? I feel bad for the two months. I hope the victims will be able to use it soon.]

He added, he feels sad that the budget was not approved — as it needs urgency so it can be used by the victims right away. He said he worries for the victims, that if somebody needs assistance, it must be of huge help.

The senator promised to “work doubly hard” for its immediate approval in July for the 3rd regular session of the 17th Congress.

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