To catch a suspect selling illegal drugs is definitely a crime.
Disclosing the suspect’s HIV status to public is a crime against him.
And as a motion of public outrage, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wutzbach had joined the massive ‘foul’ cry that criticizes the actions of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
Over the weekend, the PDEA has caught 11 men on act using and selling illegal drugs in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
But after the routine broadcast of their names, identities and mugshots, the PDEA has crossed the line on their next revelation about a suspect’s HIV/AIDS case.
This caught the ire of many, including Pia, since it is illegal to disclose a patient’s HIV status to others- and as this case shows, publicly.
Pia expressed her support to the condemnation of the PDEA’s action and the confidentiality of an HIV patient’s case.
She is a known advocate for the right education and knowledge about the Human Immunodeficiency Virus.
On her quest to the Miss Universe crown, it can be remembered that Pia mentioned HIV as one of her advocacies if she will be given the title.
And as she won the crown, one of her primary causes is to take away the stigma about the HIV/AIDS especially on poor countries that is prone to HIV/AIDS infection.
According to her, it is okay to arrest them since they did a crime in selling, distributing and using an illegal drugs and they should ace their legal consequences.
But to publicly announce that one of them was an HIV-positive patient is crossing the boundary.
Pia also supports the movement which pushes the ideology that being gay is not a crime and thus, living with HIV is not a punishment.
Knowing Pia who has her full support to equality, she speaks on behalf of gays who are judged that it is a crime being gay and HIV are their punishments.
And thus far, Pia is successful in influencing other’s perspective even two years after her rein as the ‘Most Confidently Beautiful’ woman in the universe.
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