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Sen. Ejercito seeks amendment on Sen. Gordon’s draft report on Dengvaxia controversy

Sen. Joseph Victor ‘JV’ Ejercito (Photo Credits: www.senate.gov.ph)

Sen. Joseph ‘JV’ Ejercito, chairman of the Committee on Health, will be proposing some amendments in the draft committee report of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, when it is discussed by the plenary on May.

According to Ejercito, he agrees that former President Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III is guilty for negligence and for not exercising Due Diligence during the purchase of the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia.

However, Ejercito is not convinced with the recommendations of the draft report that graft charges should be filed against the former President.

Currently, other than Sen. Richard Gordon, chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, the draft committee report is already signed by Ejercito and Sen. Juan Miguel ‘Migz’ Zubiri.

Senate Pro Tempore Ralph Recto and Sen. Gregorio Honasan II are also expected to sign the draft committee report presented by Gordon.

The report recommends that Aquino, former Health Sec. Janette Garin, former Budget Sec. Florencio Abad, and other officials be charged of violating Anti-Graft and Corruption Practices Act and the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

The recommended charges stemmed from their involvement in the procurement and use of Dengvaxia for the Php 3.5 billion dengue immunization program.

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