DoJ to finish probe on raps vs Ubial
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.