Pia Wurtzbach spoke out against the release of the identities of the 11 men arrested in Seda Hotel, 11th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.
She also cried foul over the release of information that one of the 11 men arrested has HIV.
KAMI obtained Pia’s statement from her Instagram post.
According to Pia, the release of the sensitive information was unnecessary and cruel.
“DEA and local news outlets decided to expose the identities of these men to the media. Their mugshots, names, and the HIV status of one of them were released.
“Was this really necessary? I understand that what the men were supposedly doing was illegal and they should face legal consequences.
“But there was absolutely no need to expose and publicly shame them. It’s illegal to publicly announce one’s HIV status (RA8504).
“What has been done has not only traumatized the men that were involved; it has also worsened the HIV situation in the Philippines.
“We’re working so hard in educating the people properly on HIV/AIDS, on taking away the stigma...
“We cannot take big steps back. To PDEA and the news outlets, take steps to mend the situation. Sa aking mga kababayan, wag po tayo maging judgmental.
“Hindi immoral ang maging bakla, hindi dapat ituring na kaparusahan ang HIV. At lalong hindi ito biro na dapat pag-pyestahan at pagtawanan. To my beloved LGBT community, stay strong. We’ll win this.”
KAMI urges you to share your thoughts about Pia’s statement!