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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Miriam Santiago sis to LP : galit ang bayan sa kapalpakan niyo

Atty. Paula Defensor Knack and Liberal Party members, photo compiled from Google
In light of the issue of Dengvaxia, Atty. Paula Defensor Knack, who claims to be the sister of late Senator Miriam Santiago in her message to the Liberal Party, said that the country is furious at its members and all that they have contributed, and failed to contirbute, to Philippine politics in the past 30 years.

"Next time, mag-field kayo ng kandidato na ZERO LAWS PASSED/ ZERO TRACK RECORD as congressman and senator at nanalo lang dahil maraming pera pambili ng TV ADS at dyaryo, at dahil binoto boto nyo for the next 30 years, tingnan nyo ang GALIT NG BAYAN SA KAPALPAKAN NITO," she said.



This was in reaction to the news that former President Benigno Aquino III would likely be held liable due to his failure to observe proper command responsibility in the procurement of P3.5-billion worth of Dengvaxia vaccine, as stated by Senator JV Ejercito.

The President might face charges for negligence.

Meanwhile, Ejercito said those who had greater culpability were the underlings, the secretaries because they should have done due diligence.



Ejercito, who is also the chairman of the Senate health committee, admitted that the Aquino administration made the “rushed” procurement of the dengue vaccine in “good faith.”

He added that the concurrence of the senate on the matter is also questionable, as the project was not included in the General Appropriations Act of 2015.

The senator  said that former Health secretary Janette Garin and former Budget secretary Florencio Abad may be charged with technical malversation for their involvement in the P3.5-billion procurement of the Dengvaxia vaccine.



Under the Revised Penal Code, technical malversation is committed by a public official if he or she applies public funds under the administration to some public use, and that the funds were applied in a different purpose under which is originally appropriated by law.

He added that the  funding for the vaccination program was sourced from the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund and Pension Gratuity Fund savings.

Source: Paula Defensor Knack

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