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DOJ junks criminal raps filed by Janette Garin

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) has dismissed the criminal complaint filed by former Health Secretary Janette Garin against former Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial in connection with the Dengvaxia controversy.

In a resolution released late Tuesday, the DOJ cited lack of probable cause for the dismissal of Garin’s complaint.

The former Iloilo 1st district representative held Ubial liable for converting the dengue immunization program from school-based to community-based.

“In order to establish the liability of Ubial for the crime charged, it must be shown that there is a direct causal connection between such negligence and the death complained of,” the resolution said.

“However, Garin failed to name a single victim who reportedly died as a result of Ubial’s alleged negligent approval and implementation of the community-based dengue immunization program,” it added.

Garin claimed that Ubial’s decision of shifting the dengue immunization program has contributed to the alleged reported deaths among immunized children.