Monday, December 4, 2017



Ex-president Benigno “Noynoy Aquino III will be investigated over the P3.5-billion purchase of the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia which has been found to be risky for children vaccinees without prior dengue infection.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II confirmed that Aquino will be covered by the probe to be conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

“Yes. Everybody who was involved will be included in the NBI investigation,” read a text message from Aguirre on Monday.

The purchase of the vaccine was approved during the past administration despite strong objections from medical experts for lack of certification from the World Health Organization (WHO).

The vaccine was used in a program involving more than 733,000 public school pupils aged 9 and above in the National Capital Region, Region III, and Region IV-A, areas reportedly endemic for dengue.

Sanofi Pasteur, the manufacturer of Dengvaxia vaccine, has issued an advisory for its product saying the vaccine is effective for people who have had dengue prior to immunization, but citing a risk of a “severe” case of dengue for people who have not.

Meanwhile, Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) founding chairman Dante Jimenez threatened to file a class suit against those involved in the purchase of Dengvaxia.

“We are also writing Secretary Briones (Department of Education Secretary Leonor Briones) para malaman natin the possibility of filing a class suit (to know if we can file a class suit),” he said.

VACC lawyer Ferdinand Topacio noted that there are several photos that can attest that the former president met with Sanofi Pasteur officials three times during his term.

“Before his term ends, bumili na ng katakot-takot (Before his term ended, he bought an unjust amount of the vaccine),” he said.

Sen. Richard Gordon was earlier reported to have said that Sanofi Pasteur’s advisory is proof that the purchase of the vaccines under the Aquino administration was a “midnight deal.”

“When the Aquino administration procured it and the DOH proceeded to inoculate 280,000 children initially, the vaccine was not yet ready for distribution. Now, we have the evidence on that,” he said in a statement.


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