Senate committee recommends filing of charges vs. ex-PNOY, et al. on Dengvaxia controversy
admin • April 12, 2018 • 4972
Committee chair Sen. Richard Gordon (left), Dengvaxia vaccine (middle) and Former President Benigno Aquino III (right)
MANILA, Philippines — The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee has released report on its investigation on the Dengvaxia controversy.
The committee has recommended the filing of graft and corruption case against former President Benigno Aquino III with some of his former Cabinet members.
“Dahil di natin ma-prove kung tumanggap sila ng pera. So, ang maganda rito whether they profit or not, pwede silang kasuhan. Lahat yan pumapataw kay President Aquino, kay Secretary Garin, kay Florencio Abad, Juliues Lecciones because sila ay public officer, may contract, may transactions in behalf of the government,” said the committee chair Sen. Richard Gordon.
Based on the committee report, there was a conspiracy between the former president and former Health Secretary Janette Garin to use government funds to procure the anti-dengue vaccine.
The said multi-billion peso fund could not have been used if former president and former Budget Secretary Florencio Abad had not approved it.
The former president is said to be accountable because he had caused the purchase of Dengvaxia.
Filing of charges against other officials of the health department was also recommended.
They include Health Assistant Secretary Lyndon Lee Suy for perjury, for making false testimony.
Doctors Julius Lecciones, Kenneth Hartigan–Go, Lourdes Santiago, Melody Zamudio, Joyce Ducusin and Mario Baquilod for allegedly violating the Anti-graft and Corrupt Practices Act.
These officials will also face administrative charges.
The Blue Ribbon committee also recommended to the Philippine Embassy in France to study the possible legal action against Sanofi Pasteur.
Meanwhile, the camp of Aquino said, he has always been ready to answer questions in the Congress’ inquiry on the Dengvaxia controversy.
According to Atty. Abigail Valte, the legal counsel of Aquino, the former president is ready to face any additional charges that will be filed against him regarding the Dengvaxia anomaly. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue
All the mild and asymptomatic cases that had undergone quarantine for 14 days have been considered recovered after not exhibiting any symptoms of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), according to the Department of Health (DOH).
The DOH said this policy is the global standard where symptoms-based is used and not test-based in declaring a recovered COVID-19 patient.
“Kapag asymptomatic po siya after 14 days without symptoms, they can already be tagged as recovered pwede na po siyang mag- trabaho (If he is asymptomatic after 14 days without symptoms, he can already be tagged as recovered and resume work),“ according to DOH Usec. Rosario Vergeire.
Still, Vergeire said that it is important that a recovered individual should have an assessment from a physician confirming his recovery.
The number of daily recoveries went up to over 38,000 on Thursday (July 30), with a total of 65,054 recovered cases. The daily number of cases, meanwhile, went over 3,000.
The DOH said the ‘mass recoveries’ and surge of cases is due to the ‘reconciliation efforts’ of the department to consolidate its data with the data of local government units (LGUs) through Oplan Recovery.
Oplan Recovery is the DOH’s initiative to monitor the status of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country. –AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday, July 26, reported that the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the country has reached 80,448.
The health department added that “a total of 2,110 confirmed cases are reported based on the total tests done by 66 out of 90 current operational labs.”
The DOH also confirmed 382 recoveries, bringing the total number to 26,110.
The recorded COVID-19 death toll, meanwhile, has reached 1,932 with an additional 39 fatalities.
The department noted that 74 duplicates were removed from the total case count.
DOH Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire has earlier said that although the country has recorded an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, the case doubling time has slowed down.
“Ang nakikita po nating dahilan dito ay dahil sa continuously improving na case treatment and management protocols ng ating bansa sa pag-handle ng mga COVID-19 patients,” Vergeire said.
Meanwhile, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that the possibility of Metro Manila reverting to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) will likely happen if the total number of COVID-19 cases reaches 85,000 in July as projected by the University of the Philippines (UP) OCTA Research.
He added, however, that this could be avoided if the public will not ignore the minimum health standards now that many has been allowed to go out. — /mbmf
The Department of Health (DOH) aims to target 10 million Filipinos to undergo testing for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III, however, said the government does not have the capacity to test all citizens, adding that no country has ever had the capacity to do so.
“Hindi naman po natin pwede i-test ang bawa’t mamamayan wala pong bansang nakakagawa nito kahit ang pinakamayaman katulad ng United States of America (You cannot test every citizen, no country has done that even the richest ones like the United States of America),” he said.
However, Duque said they target to test 10% of the total population of the country by 2021. This would exceed the ratio testing capacity of America, Duque added.
“[Our target] is 10 million Filipinos to be tested by 2021. We hope to do the test at 32,000 to 40,000 a day,” he said.
The DOH previously announced they will include other workers in their expanded COVID-19 testing while they recently announced the completion of a Filipino-made coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) test kit.
“We still have lots of testing kits. It’s about 2 million plus testing kits still left para gamitin sa goal na gusto natin (to be used to achieve our goal)for us to have sustained capacity for testing,” according to DOH Spokesperson Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire. –AAC(with reports from Aiko Miguel)
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