MANILA — A doctor at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) accused by the Department of Justice (DoJ) of his role in the distribution of the Dengvaxia vaccine is optimistic his case will be dismissed for lack of sufficient evidence.
“Alam ko kung ano ang totoo kaya hindi ako natatakot at buong tapang ko itong haharapin (I know the truth that’s why I am not afraid and will face this [case] bravely),” Dr. Julius Lecciones, PCMC executive director said in a statement on Saturday.
Primarily, the DoJ stated last Friday it found probable cause to indict former Health secretary and now Iloilo Rep. Janet Garin together with nine others with reckless imprudence resulting in homicide.
Garin was the Health Secretary when the Dengvaxia issue arose.
Lecciones said he would bravely face the Dengvaxia case face just like the eight other dismissed criminal cases with one still pending.
“Bilang isang doktor na gumagamot sa mga batang may sakit, alam kong mahalaga ang bakuna at isa itong solusyon upang tuldukan ang matagal nang problema sa dengue,” Lecciones said.
Contrary to reports, Lecciones maintains that no fatality has been recorded over the use of the Dengvaxia vaccine.
“Ang Dengvaxia ay inaprubrahan na ring gamitin sa ibang bansa laban sa Dengue kasama na rin ang FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approval sa United States of America at sa Europe (In the United States of America and in Europe, the dengvaxia has been approved by the FDA to use [as a vaccine] for Dengue),” he said.
Lecciones said he has yet to receive a copy of the DoJ resolution. (ISMAEL AMIGO/sovereignph.com)