Gordon condemns parents' outburst vs Garin


Posted at Feb 06 2018 11:29 AM | Updated as of Aug 07 2019 05:14 PM

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Senator Richard Gordon on Tuesday condemned an attack by a group of parents against former health Secretary Janette Garin, who had rolled out a P3 billion dengue vaccination program for children. 

The furious parents accosted Garin as she was leaving the House of Representatives building on Monday after a hearing on the dengue vaccine Dengvaxia. 

"I do not encourage and I condemn any act by parents -- I do not justify it -- na public officials should be attacked on the elevator... I certainly will not tolerate it," Gordon said during a hearing of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, which he chairs. 

Gordon said he has warned security guards that they will be "punished" if any resource person is subjected to similar attacks.

Garin meanwhile had called for sobriety over the issue. 

"I empathize with the parents who allegedly were affected and let me take this opportunity to appeal for sobriety. Those who fan the hysteria should think twice and put public welfare above all else," she said in an ANC interview. 

"It's deplorable because those who were behind the commotion were just using the victims and they should stop," she added. 

Some 830,000 public school students were given the controversial vaccine. 

The campaign was suspended late last year after French drug maker Sanofi disclosed that the vaccine may worsen symptoms if given to those who have not had dengue. 

DZMM, 6 February 2018