Friday, November 03, 2023

Doc Iggy Agbayani legal case, Part 1

Three statements here, from the Philippine Orthopedic Association, the Phi Kappa Mu fraternity based at the UP College of Medicine, and the UP Medical Alumni Society of America (UP MASA).

And the UP MASA.

Fall 2023 UPMASA Bulletin

"... 2 things resonated during the BOG meeting: first was a discussion of the case of a beloved UP Alumni from Class 91, Benigno Agbayani Jr who is a respected Orthopedic Surgeon in the Philippines who was sued in 2006 for an infection that complicated a seemingly routine Arthroscopy.  The case lingered and culminated in unsuccessful appeals ending in a jail sentence of more that 1 year.  Tragically, he suffered a fatal heart attack while incarcerated, a mere several days before an early release for good behavior.  This highlights an oddity in Philippine law that seems to not have a clear demarcation from a civil and criminal law.  What normally would be expected to be a civil case ending in a criminal sentence.  In our society, it is inconceivable for such a case to end up with a prison sentence.  UPMASA cannot sit quiet.   One of our mission statements is to promote the well-being of the Physician not only here in United States, but also in our homeland.  This case seemed to have undermined the sanctity of informed consents. The decision on the case likewise puts the Physician more vulnerable to those who just exploit the legal system for personal gains."


See also:
CDC PH statement on the passing of Doc Iggy Agbayani, October 08, 2023
Doc Iggy Agbayani letter to his fellow doctors, October 15, 2023
BWorld 646, Revisiting the lockdown, the role of CDC PH and Doc Iggy Agbayani, October 27, 2023.

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