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Damay-damay na ‘to: Opposition lawmakers says Duterte admin should be held liable over Dengvaxia mess too

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The current administration should not be spared from any accountability over the controversial dengue vaccination program.

Several opposition lawmakers questioned the findings of the Senate blue ribbon committee headed by Senator Richard Gordon saying that the recommendation appeared to be incomplete and partial.

ACT Teachers party-list Representative France Castro said, “Bakit ang mananagot lang dito ay yung nakaraang administrasyon. Diba ipinagpatuloy din ito ng kasalukuyang gobyerno?”

“Ang comment lang namin dito ay mula nung 2016 hanggang nung bago matigil ang pagpapa-inject ng Dengvaxia ay ipinagpatuloy ito. Tingin ko, parang may kulang doon sa report na binigay ni Senator Gordon,” she said.

She urged the committee to make a complete and objective report on its investigation and include officials of the current administration believing that they are also liable.

“So sana kumpletuhin ang report, maging objective at tignan natin na meron ding pananagutan dito ang Duterte administrasyon sa panahon ni former Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial kaugnay dito,” she added.

Fellow ACT Teachers party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio shared the same sentiments.

“[Gordon] is silent on the role played by the Duterte administration in perpetuating the same, despite the availability of more information and studies regarding the risks of the experimental vaccine,” he said in a separate statement.

“We hope that the Senate as a whole will not allow its investigation into this issue to be reduced to yet another one-sided and partisan exercise but will ascribe accountability to all who played a role in exposing the health and safety of hundreds of thousands of Filipinos to undue risk,” he added.

For his part, Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano said that the Senate draft report has no appreciation of facts and solid evidence.

“There should have been thorough investigation and conciliation of facts and findings of medical experts from which the recommendations of the committee should have been based,” he said.

He added that politics and personal issues should not play a part on the investigation into the issue.

“Sa mga pansariling intensyon ng iilan para pulitikahin ang isyu, inilalagay nila ang publiko sa panganib. Due to baseless fear, the public lost trust on the vaccination program of the government,” he said.

“Unless this is effectively addressed, more children could be put in danger,” he added.

Gordon in his report recommended the filing of charges against former President Benigno Aquino III, former Health Secretary Janette Garin, and former Budget chief Florencio Abad over the Dengvaxia mess.