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Acosta on vaccination scare: ‘Why should they blame me?’


By Jeffrey Damicog

Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) Chief Persida Acosta has again explained that she should not be blamed for the vaccination scare which resulted to a measles outbreak in the country.

“Bakit ako sisisihin nila? Ano kasalanan ko dyan? (Why should they blame me? What wrong did I do?)” asked Acosta.

Public Attorney's Office Chief Percida Acosta (ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Public Attorney’s Office Chief Percida Acosta

Critics have blamed Acosta’s vocal crusade to bring justice to the dead victims of Dengvaxia to have caused a vaccine scare in the country.

The PAO chief cited World Health Organization (WHO) records which revealed that the measles outbreak has been worldwide and not isolated in the Philippines.

“Global po yan ayon sa WHO (It’s global according to the WHO),” she said.

Apart from this, the PAO Chief indicated that the Commission on Audit (COA) has already released reports which revealed that there was already under-distribution of the anti-measles vaccine since 2014.

“Ito may COA report po kaming kopya. Galing sa COA mismo ito na under-distribution na noong taong 2014 , 2015, 2016, 2017 (We have copies of the reports. The COA report shows that there was already under-distribution during the years 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017),” she noted.

The PAO has been assisting families file criminal complaints before the Department of Justice (DOJ) which sought to hold liable those behind the purchase and distribution of Dengvaxia which allegedly resulted to the deaths of scores who got inoculated with the vaccine.

So far, there have been 35 complaints filed before the DOJ concerning the deaths of 35 persons mostly children who received shots of Dengvaxia.

Acosta has vowed to file more complaints as she noted that the PAO forensics team has already autopsied 118 suspected Dengvaxia victims with more to follow.

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