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August 24, 2013

Progressive Organization of Gays says one person gets infected every two hours yet govt spends more money on corrupt deals than on healthcare

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.