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#DengGate: AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN HEAVEN

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Here’s where 10-y/o Lenard Baldonado of San Pablo City was buried, along with the stuff he brought with him to school.

Lenard was an only child.

According to the death certificate, Lenard died due to appendicitis.

A recent Public Attorney’s Office-led autopsy, however, showed massive internal bleeding and enlarged organs, possible complications of severe dengue.

Lenard passed away just months after receiving Dengvaxia under Noynoy Aquino-era Department of Health (Philippines) Sec. Janette Loreto Garin’s botched anti-dengue mass immunization program.

I wept as I wrote this piece: I do not believe in an afterlife, but I can’t help but hope against all hopes that there is one, for Lenard’s sake.

Lenard, sana, maging masaya sa mga magiging bagong klasmeyt mo. Sorry, hindi ko nalaman ang Dengvaxia nang mas maaga. Baka sana, napigil ko sina Garin bago pa nila ‘yan nagawa. Pasensiya na Lenard, pasensiya na.

Written by: Thinking Pinoy

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