Palace: Duterte will listen to DOH recommendation on Dengvaxia
Aileen Cerrudo • August 5, 2019 • 680
Malacañang said President Rodrigo Duterte will listen to the recommendation of the Department of Health (DOH) on reusing Dengvaxia vaccines to address the dengue outbreak.
In a radio interview, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said the safety of Dengvaxia would still need to be studied.
“He would listen to the recommendation of the Secretary of Health, he would listen to the doctors,” Panelo said.
Former Health Secretary, Iloilo Rep. Janette Garin and the Doctors for Truth and Public Welfare group call on the government to bring back the Dengvaxia vaccine to help address the dengue outbreak in the country.
However Health Usec. Eric Domingo said it will be unlikely for the health department to recommend the Dengvaxia vaccine.
He said the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has suspended the certificate of product registration of the vaccine.
“So ibig sabihin wala naman siyang lisensya, hindi siya maaaring ipasok dito at hindi siya maaaring gamitin, (It means, [the vaccine] is unlicensed. It cannot enter the country and administer it to patients)” he said.
Domingo also added that the DOH is looking into two dengue vaccines which they hope can be used to address the dengue outbreak.
“One is sa Japanese company and mayroon naman sa U.S., pero mga clinical trial pa lang ito (One is a Japanese company and another on in the U.S., but these are just clinical trials) and we’re still waiting for the results to see if it’s a usable product at kung mare-register iyan sa Pilpinas, (if it will be registered in the Philippines)” he said.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang said on Friday that former Calauan, Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez is not eligible for early release from prison under the new law increasing the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) given to inmates.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that Sanchez, who was convicted of a heinous crime, is not entitled to benefit from the Republic Act 10592 which shortens a prisoner’s jail term for good behavior.
“Mr. Sanchez, under republic act number 10592 is not eligible so the President as the chief enforcer of the law have to follow the law,” Panelo said.
In an earlier statement, Malacañang supported Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra in stressing that the law excludes “recidivists, habitual delinquents, escapees and persons charged with heinous crimes” from the benefit of its coverage.
Sanchez has been in jail for over 25 years since he was convicted for the rape and murder of student Eileen Sarmenta and the murder of her friend, Allan Gomez in 1995.
The former mayor was reported earlier to be among the 11,000 persons deprived of who might soon be freed due to a 2013 law that increased the GCTA given to inmates and a Supreme court ruling last June applying this law retroactively.
The news has sparked outrage among the public.
Sanchez’s eligibility under the new GCTA rule was also questioned by lawmakers and other sectors due to allegations of possession of illegal drugs after a prison guard found a packet of shabu and marijuana in his jail cell. An air condition unit and a television set were also seized from his cell, which are violation of prison rules.
The report on Sanchez’s possible release also “enraged” President Rodrigo Duterte, according to his former aide and now Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go.
“Nung nag-usap kami ng Pangulo talagang nagalit din siya, at sinabi niya di rin siya sang-ayon at may mga sinite din siya na batas na minimum, in short ayaw din nya, galit po sya,” Go said in a radio interview when asked about the president’s reaction.
The BuCor also assured to carefully and cautiously review the GCTA of persons who were convicted of high-profile, heinous crimes or grave crimes that show extreme moral depravity. (RRD with details from correspondent Rosalie Coz)
The Department of Health (DOH) Region 3 has reported that the over 100 Chinese workers who contracted dengue in Morong, Bataan are now free of the disease.
The Chief of the Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit of DOH Region 3 Dr. Jessie Fantone said 69 of the Chinese workers have contracted dengue last March. The remaining 35 were reported to have contracted the diseases this August.
“All of them got well and wala namang namatay. Kaya lang noong pinuntahan namin iyong plant nila marami silang areas na stagnant water na breeding sites (There were no fatalities, but when we visited their plant, there was a lot of stagnant water which can be become breeding sites),” he said.
Meanwhile, cleaning operations continue at the barangay where the coal plant is located.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
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