Duque, Garin face raps over doctor’s death

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2019 09:08:38 +0000

Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III and former Health Secretary Janette L. Garin face a criminal complaint over the death of a doctor who was inoculated with the Dengvaxia anti-dengue vaccine.

Assisted by the Public Attorney’s Office, Norma Gotoc filed Thursday afternoon before the Department of Justice the complaint concerning the death of her son, Dr. Kendrick Gotoc.

“Complainant highly suspects Dr. Kendrick’s death is related to his inoculation with Dengvaxia, prompting them to seek assistance from the Public Attorney’s Office,” the complaint said.

Gotoc, who was 39 when he passed away on April 22, 2018 at the Providence Hospital in Quezon City, managed to tell his mother he received shots of the vaccine three times.

“The death of Dr. Kendrick caused complainant Norma extreme pain, mental anguish, and sleepless nights. She could not believe that he would die early. It was painful for her to lose her child who specialized in the field of medicine due to inoculation of a vaccine,” said the complaint.

Under the complaint, the respondents are accused of reckless imprudence resulting to homicide under Article 365 of the Revised Penal Code; torture resulting in the death of a person in violation of Section 4(ii) and (14) in relation to Section 14(a)(1) and (5) of the Anti-Torture Act of 2009; torture committed against children in violation of Section 15 of the Anti-Torture Act of 2009; defective product in violation of Article 97 in relation to Article 100, in relation of Article 107 of the Consumer Act of the Philippines; and mislabeled product in violation of Article 89 in relation to 95 of the Consumer Act of the Philippines.

Also named as the co-respondents of Garin and Duque were Department of Health officials Drs. Vicente Belizario Jr., Kenneth Hartigan-Go, Gerardo Bayugo, Lyndon Lee Suy, Irama Asuncion, Joyce Ducusin, Rosalind Viaanzon, and Mario Baguilod. (Jeffrey Damicog)