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Former Phil. Pres. Gloria Arroyo
Ex-DOH chief blames Arroyo, Church for sharp increase of HIV infections in PH

in PHILIPPINES, 07/12/2012

Former Department of Health (DOH) secretary Alberto Romualdez has blamed the Arroyo administration for the rise of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases in the country. Romualdez said the previous administration's alleged obedience to the Catholic Church's dicates to stop the distribution of free condoms had resulted in the sharp increase in the number of Filipinos who had contracted the dreaded disease. 

During the early years of the Arroyo administration, Tayag showed a graph indicating that from 2002 to 2006, the annual incidence increased to more than 1,000 and finally increased by 668 percent from 2007 to 2012. Read the full story

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