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Garin confident she will be cleared of charges in Dengvaxia controversy

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By Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY – Iloilo first district Rep. Janette Loreto Garin remains confident that she will surpass the anti-dengue vaccine controversy after she was among the 10 people indicted by the Department of Justice (DOJ) for her role in the alleged deaths of children.

Former Health Secretary Janette Garin gestures during the Inquiry into the implementation of the DOH Health Facilities Enhancement Program including the alleged irregularities in the Barangay Health Stations Project in Pasay city, July 4, 2018. (Czar Dancel / MANILA BULLETIN)

Iloilo 1st district Rep. Janette Garin
(CZAR DANCEL / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Haharapin ko ito ng buong tapang at walang takot dahil alam natin ang katotohanan (I will face this without fear because we know the truth),” said Garin in a statement.

The DOJ publicly released Friday its finding of probable cause in justifying the filing of charges against Garin and nine other officials of the Department of Health (DOH) for the deaths allegedly caused by the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia.

While Garin has yet to receive the 78-page DOJ resolution, she reiterated it will also be likely dropped similar to the six other criminal cases filed against her in connection with the alleged Dengvaxia deaths.

“The dismissals entail that the cases lack of basis and substance,” Garin emphasized.

On the other hand, Garin again slammed the politicization of the issue.

“Sa dami ng problema at isyu sa bansa pilit pa rin binubuhay ang mga kasong walang basehan para manggipit lang at para pagtakpan ang mga mas importanteng usapin (While our country is facing many other problems and issues, baseless cases such as this is still being given attention when there are other more important issues)”, Garin said.

Garin, who was health secretary during the presidency of Benigno S. Aquino III, also reiterated science-based reasoning.

“Science has proven over and over again that no deaths have been linked to Dengvaxia vaccine. Almost the whole world is using it now and no case like ours has surfaced,” Garin pointed out.

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