DoJ to fin­ish probe on raps vs Ubial

Tempo - - Front Page - (Jef­frey Damicog)

The Depart­ment of Jus­tice (DoJ) is ex­pected to con­clude next week its pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion on the com­plaint against for­mer Health Sec­re­tary Paulyn Jean Ubial over the deaths of chil­dren who re­ceived shots of anti-dengue vac­cine Deng­vaxia. Ubial is set to file this com­ing Mon­day a re­join­der be­fore As­sis­tant State Prose­cu­tor Claire Eufra­cia Pa­gayanan who is con­duct­ing the pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Should the par­ties in the case no longer seek the fil­ing of ad­di­tional re­but­tals, Pa­gayanan may de­clare the case sub­mit­ted for res­o­lu­tion. The com­plaint was filed by for­mer Health Sec­re­tary Janette Garin who ac­cused Ubial of reck­less im­pru­dence re­sult­ing in homi­cide un­der Ar­ti­cle 365 of the Re­vised Pe­nal Code (RPC). In the com­plaint, Garin ex­plained the Depart­ment of Health (DoH) im­ple­mented a school-based dengue im­mu­niza­tion pro­gram but when Ubial took over, there was a reck­less de­ci­sion to have it ex­panded into a com­mu­ni­ty­based pro­gram which re­sulted in the re­ported deaths. “From the for­go­ing, it is clear that Sec. Ubial’s reck­less im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Com­mu­nity-Based Dengue Im­mu­niza­tion Pro­gram was the only pos­si­ble cause of the re­ported deaths,” read Garin’s com­plaint-af­fi­davit. Mean­while, Garin her­self is fac­ing crim­i­nal com­plaints be­fore the DoJ over the deaths per­sons in­clud­ing school­child­ren who re­ceived Deng­vaxia.

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