Former President Benigno Aquino III failed to show up Tuesday, May 15, in the preliminary investigation of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on the complaints filed against him in relation to the Dengvaxia controversy.
The complainants of the case include the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC,) Vanguard of the Philippines Inc., and Atty. Manuelito Luna.
Among the respondents were former Finance Secretary Florencio Abad, former Health Secretary Janet Garin and former officials of the Department of Health (DOH.)
Those who did not attend were represented by their respective lawyers. Meanwhile, pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur, the manufacturer of Dengvaxia, did not send any representative.
Respondents are facing four different charges including violation of the Procurement Law, technical malversation, graft and criminal negligence.
They were given a copy of the complaint and advised to submit their respective counter-affidavits within the next 15 days.
The DOJ also obliged the respondents to attend the next hearing on June 4 at 10:00 in the morning to personally face inquiry.