5 ex-health secretaries ask SC to allow graphic warnings on cigarette packs

Five former heads of the Department of Health have asked the Supreme Court to allow the placement of graphic warnings on cigarette packs, reports GMANews.tv. The petition to intervene, which was filed at the high court on Monday, was signed by Esperanza Cabral, Jaime Galvez-Tan, Francisco Duque II, Alberto Romualdez, and Alfredo Bengzon.

When she was still the Health secretary in May 2010, Cabral issued Administrative Order No. 13, which requires cigarette companies to put graphic warnings on cigarette packs. Some of these companies questioned the AO. Fortune Tobacco Corporation appealed to have the order blocked, and the Marikina City Regional Trial Court Branch 27 ruled in their favor in July. However, the Tanauan court in Batangas dismissed Philip Morris’ case in September.

The five former Health secretaries asked the high court to rule on the AO "with dispatch and finality." GMANews.tv quoted them: "It is respectfully prayed that the Honorable Court exercise its power of supervision over all lower courts and settle all questions on the validity of AO 2010-0013 in favor of the DOH."

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