Duterte defend officials in Dengvaxia mess: I would do the same to save lives



President Rodrigo Duterte has finally spoken out about the ongoing issue on the controversial vaccine called Dengvaxia.

Duterte said in an interview last Wednesday that he would not allow those officials involved to escape the consequence of the fiasco they created from buying the anti-dengue vaccine worth P3.5 billion.

This would be after hearing the sides of those involved officials since he is not an expert on the matter.




“Look, if I were the President and there’s a vaccine that was already paid for and the studies show according to the clinical studies of that company, I as president, would al — ako rin, sabihin ko(Even I, I would say), ‘You implement it if it would save lives,'” Duterte said.

“If there is a failure, let them sort it out. An independent investigation. Congress would do it,” Duterte added.

Dengvaxia was purchased by the Philippine Children’s Medical Center in 2016 under the term of former Health Secretary Janette Garin.

Since it happened during the previous administration, critics are also dragging the name of former President Benigno Aquino III into the controversy.




Duterte revealed the reason why he doesn’t judge the officials involved in Dengvaxia’s procurement, because of his experience with his son, Sebastian, who was once infected with dengue.

“If there is anything that can save the lives of anyone of them or any Filipino for that matter, considering my position, I will order the implementation. Unless there is a study or a counter-statement to the efficacy and the danger of the drugs,” he said.

Duterte is  crossing his fingers that the involved officials, including Garin, would be able to help to reveal the truth on the ongoing Dengvaxia investigation is done.

“I can only inquire and hope that everything will give us the truth because anything here in this planet requires truth,” he said.

“If you really think in good faith that you are doing the right thing, nobody but nobody can question you except your conscience,” Duterte added.

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Source:  politics.com.ph


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