PAO: SC should create "Special Dengvaxia Courts"

The Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) on Monday urged the Supreme Court (SC) to designate special courts to try civil and criminal cases arising from the massive school-based inoculation of the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine.

In a four-page letter dated May 8, 2018, addressed to then Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio and Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez, PAO lawyers said the reason for the special courts is for the purpose of avoiding “conflicting decisions should the cases be heard in different Regional Trial Courts (RTCs).”

PAO, headed by Deputy Chief Public Attorney Ana Lisa Soriano, requested for the creation of one special court in RTC Manila and one in Quezon City for the Dengvaxia-related cases in the event these land in court.

SOURCE: PAO asks SC to designate special courts for Dengvaxia cases; Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News; Posted at Oct 02 2018 02:12 AM;
The Philippine Department of Health (DOH), on late November 2017, temporarily suspended a school-based dengue vaccination (also known as "Dengvaxia", Tagalog pronunciation: [dɛŋˈvakʃa]) program after French drug based vaccine maker Sanofi Pasteur made a statement that its product poses higher risks to people without prior dengue infection. As a result, the Dengvaxia controversy, or Dengvaxia mess, began to emerge following the reports of several children dying from various complications allegedly attributed to the dengue vaccine. SOURCE: