Former President Benigno Aquino III is currently under fire over the Dengvaxia vaccine controversy.

The former president said that ‘he’s not aware’ of the bribery allegation when his administration bought Dengvaxia for P3.5 Billion pesos.

Sanofi Pasteur was being accused of paying doctors in different countries in order to promote their controversial medicine.

In the Senate investigation on the Dengvaxia case, Senator Gordon cited the controversies faced by Sanofi which includes millions of dollars of fine paid to the American government, while two of their employees were also arrested for bribery in Germany.

Gordon asked the former president if he was aware of these controversies about Sanofi, he answered ‘no’.

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The senator then asked Aquino about the meeting between him and Sanofi officials in China in 2015.

Former President Aquino said that Sanofi requested the courtesy call when he was in China.

Aquino also mentioned the people he met including Sanofi Asia Senior Vice President John Luinsky, he was accompanied by former Secretaries Enrique Ona, Edwin Lacierda and Gregory  Domingo.

He further explained that he was not informed by Sanofi about the controversies that they had during their meeting in Beijing and Paris.

The Senate blue ribbon committee chairman said that former President Aquino and former Health Secretary Garin could have been more careful with Sanofi especially because the company faced several controversies in the past.

“I’m just saying that with all these signs, I would imagine that the government and Secretary Garin often been more careful and circumspect in dealing with Sanofi,”

Aquino said that their only choice was simply implemented the vaccine program or wait and allow people to be exposed to risk. He even defended the decision of his administration to distribute the vaccine to the public.

According to him, he was not advised against the Dengvaxia from the time of its procurement until his administration implemented its nationwide anti-dengue vaccine program.

“Bago nagdesisyon ang gobyerno sa Dengvaxia, habang nagdedesisyon, pagkatapos magdesisyon, at hanggang ngayon, walang nagparating sa akin ng pagtutol sa bakuna,” he said.

He also claimed that the experts told him that the vaccine passed through safety and efficacy tests.

“Sa aking pagkaunawa, sa lahat ng ibinalita ng eksperto, dumaan na po ito sa lahat ng proseso para malaman ang kaniyang efficacy at mas importante, ang kanyang safety,” Aquino said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Anthony Leachon said Aquino cannot be blamed for the controversy if he was given a misleading information on the vaccine.

“How can you blame the president if the president was fed with wrong information by WHO or Secretary Garin?” he said.

However, netizens reacted quickly to the statement of Noynoy and question him and his administration why did they failed to find out the controversies surrounding Sanofi and just make a billion pesos deal with the company.

Aquino often says “wala akong alam” o “hindi ko alam yan” during his term. Does his statement regarding Dengvaxia controversy makes him guilty in the eyes of the Filipino people especially the parents of 800,000 children at risks? What do you think?

Via: Pinoy Trending

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