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Aside from the issue on the controversial purchase of more than P800 million worth of anti-pneumonia vaccines in 2012, Health Secretary (on leave) Enrique Ona also faces investigation on at least three more questionable procurement transactions, President Benigno Aquino III said on Saturday.

In an interview with reporters in Busan, Aquino said Ona, who was questioned for the purchase of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV)-10 instead of the reportedly more cost-effective PCV-13, will remain on leave pending investigations on these issues.

“Well, I’ll have to follow up kung kailan matatapos ‘yung lahat ‘nung imbestigasyon,” he said. “It’s not just the PCV. There are several others. In my mind, about three or four other issues that have to be attended to.”

While Aquino declined to elaborate further on the other procurement issues, he noted that investigations on two of these have been completed.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is currently investigating why the DOH, under Ona’s watch, purchased expensive vaccines in 2012 despite a reported recommendation for more cost-effective ones.
While Ona is on extended leave, the DOH will still be under the supervision of Acting Health Secretary Janette Garin. Amanda Fernandez/KG, GMA News

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