Duque lambasts PAO over ‘malicious’ Dengvaxia complaint

FILE PHOTO: Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Friday blasted the Public Attorney’s Office for implicating him in the new complaint relative to the Dengvaxia controversy.

PAO filed charges of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide and violation of the Anti-Torture Act against Duque and 35 other officials.

Duque called such move as “malicious” and questioned PAO Chief Persida Acosta for not including former health secretary Paulyn Ubial in the complaint.

“I find it malicious. I think she (Ubial) is equally liable because she continued it despite knowing the red flag. She knew there are risks,” Duque exclaimed.

Among the respondents in the case are former Health Secretary Janette Garin, officials of Sanofi Pasteur and Zuileg Pharma, the local distributor of the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine.

Duque maintained he had nothing to do with the implementation of the dengue immunization program since he was only appointed as Department of Health secretary in October last year.

Nevertheless, the Health chief said he is ready to face the charges filed against him. — UNTV News & Rescue

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