Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Pnoy admits calling Senators to probe extent of knowledge on Dengvaxia




Former President Noynoy Aquino / Photo from The Philippine Star
During the sidelines of his father’s 35th Death Anniversary on Tuesday, August 21 2018, former President Noynoy Aquino admitted having to call a few senators to inquire about the “extent of their knowledge” on the controversial Dengvaxia shambles.

In a chance interview, Aquino pointed out that he is only “making sure” that panel members are cognizant of undisclosed issues in the senate hearings.


“May mga puntong hindi nagkaroon ng pagkakataong mailabas doon [sa hearing.] Naninigurado lang tayo na malaman nung ibang mga miyembro ng committee ‘yung mga hindi naitalakay sa hearing eh mapagbigyang pansin naman,” Aquino said.

Seeing no deceitful motive on his actions, Aquino did not name-drop the Senators he called for inquiry in the past 2 weeks, in a petition to ‘delete’ the recommended criminal charges against him.
Former President Noynoy Aquino / Photo from Rappler
“Masama ba ‘yun na mailabas itong mga puntong ito doon sa mga taong huhubog ng committee report?” he lamented.

“[Mga senador] na lang magsabi [kung tinawagan sila.] Pero, bawal ba ‘yun?” Aquino said.

“Maski ano pang sabihin ko, papanigan nitong mga senador itong tama,” he added, insisting that Senators would side with what is right regardless of his dictation.

One that attested to Aquino’s action was Senate Blue Ribbon Committee Chairman Richard Gordon but refused to name even a few. Along with Senators Grace Poe and Chiz Escudero, Gordon denied having been recipients of Aquino’s call but four sources from the Senate cited Senators Cynthia Villar and Loren Legarda were among those whom Aquino phoned.

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee’s joint report with the Health and Finance Committees proposed criminal charges upon Aquino for his alleged misfeasance, malfeasance, nonfeasance and supposed violations of Section 3(a) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and Section 4(b) of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.
Photo from Philippine Canadian Inquirer
Aquino’s Cabinet officials, along with some government doctors are also tagged with criminal and administrative charges for their involvement in the Anti – Dengue controversy amounting to P3.5 Billion.

Meanwhile, of the 830,000 young children who have been injected with Dengvaxia vaccine, Aquino insisted that only 166 of those would be contracted with ‘serious disease’.

“Ang hinahabol ko lang doon kasi, parang sa hysteriang crineate. Noong isang araw, isang araw sa [Department of Health] ang nagsabi na 60,000 na raw ang dengue cases ngayon. Now, sa pananakot na ginawa, ang daming pwede sanang na-prevent doon sa measles na hindi na-prevent dahil nga tinakot,” Aquino said.

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Source:  politics.com.ph