PAO files 3 new Dengvaxia-related complaints

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THE PUBLIC Attorney’s Office (PAO) filed before the Department of Justice (DoJ) three new complaints in connection with deaths of children allegedly due to the Dengvaxia vaccine. The complaints involve children from Cavite, Muntinlupa City, and Laguna. PAO recommended to charge former health secretary Janette P. Loreto-Garin and 39 others, including health officials and officials from Dengvaxia manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur, Inc., and distributor Zuellig Pharma Corp. for reckless imprudence resulting to homicide and violations of the Anti-Torture Act and Consumer Act of the Philippines. Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III is also tagged in one of the complaints. These new complaints are on top of the more than 20 similar cases that are still pending before the DoJ. In Feb., the DoJ indicted Ms. Garin and 19 others of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide over eight complaints. — Vann Marlo M. Villegas