Dengvaxia issue won’t affect candidacy, Garin insists


Charges stemming from the row over Dengvaxia will not affect the congressional bid of former Health Secretary Janet Garin this May. Or at least that’s what she insists.

Garin branded the Dengvaxia controversy as a “recycled issue” that was resurfaced in time for the May 2019 polls.

She said that while this is due to the “political season,” she is “ready to face” the new cases filed.

Garin also said her potential constituents in the first district believe she is not involved in any corruption.

Earlier, the House committees on good government and public accountability and health recommended the filing of cases against Garin and several officials of the Aquino administration.

Also facing charges are former president Benigno Aquino III, ex-budget chief Florencio Abad, Family Health Office officer-in-charge Maria Joyce Ducusin, Members of the PCMC bids and award committee, resigned undersecretary Kenneth Hartigan-Go, Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) director Julius Lecciones.

On the other hand, Garin accused the Public Attorney’s Office of trying “to pressure the President” on the matter.