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Philippine gay group flays government for ignoring HIV crisis

in PHILIPPINES, 25/08/2013

As protests against the misuse of millions of dollars by lawmakers erupted in the Philippines and even outside the islands, a leading gay rights group flayed the government of President Benigno Aquino for neglecting healthcare despite the HIV crisis.

“The Philippines has a rising HIV crisis where one person gets infected every two hours,” said Clyde Pumihic, spokesperson of the Progressive Organization of Gays in the Philippines (ProGay).

“Yet the allocation for prevention and treatment is paltry, a mere 120 million pesos ($2.7 million) in the national budget.

“We are scandalized to learn that 10 billion pesos ($271 million) have been squandered by corruption, and that more is controlled by the president for purposes that are hard to monitor and audit.”

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