March, 2009

Rep Ilagan never loses hope to seek justice for Grecil Buya

"Despite two years of inaction of the Arroyo government on the death of Grecil Buya, we should never lose hope. We should continue to seek justice for Grecil and for all other children who were unjustly labeled as “child soldiers” but who were actually victims of brutal  militarization in remote areas especially in Mindanao",said  Gabriela Women's Party Representative Luzviminda Ilagan  during the interfaith prayer and candle lighting in commemoration of the death of Grecil Buya at Centennial Park, Davao City on March 31, 2009.
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Gabriela Solon Graces the National Women's Month Forum of NHA Employees

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Gabriela Solon Joins CHR’s Probe on Killing of Rebelyn Pitao

“No time should be wasted in putting the butchers of Rebelyn behind bars. What are at stake are the lives of our women and children while the criminals are still at large ready to prey upon their next victim.”
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Sound the Alarm against Large Scale Mining! — Rep. Ilagan

As a response to the call of the indigenous people to stop the mining operations in ancestral domains, Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Luzviminda Ilagan demanded the repeal of the Mining Act of 1995, and for indigenous people to intensify their campaign and mass actions to add pressure to the government in a forum initiated by ALARM, Ancestral Land At Risk in Mining.  read more »

Gabriela Solon Lambasted the Arroyo Administration for Extrajudicial Killings in Southern Tagalog

Assistant Minority Leader and Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Liza Maza today condemned the killing of Sabina “Ka Sabeng” Ariola, a woman leader from Sta.Rosa City, Laguna and the attempted murder of Adelaida Calosa.  read more »

Solon Wants Heroic Act of Caregiver Recognized

“Juana Tejada is the embodiment of the term ‘modern-day hero’. Her courage and persistence in fighting for the better treatment of her fellow Filipino caregivers in Canada deserve the highest praise, admiration and gratitude,” Rep. Luz Ilagan of Gabriela Women’s Party said after the filing of House Resolution No. 1062, expressing the profound condolences of the House of Representatives on the demise of Juana Tejada and seeking recognition for her heroic deeds.  read more »

HR 1063 - Investigating the Deployment of a Police Attache in Saudi Arabia

A resolution directing the House Of Representatives Committee On Foreign Affairs and Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, into the deployment of a police attache in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, instead of a legal attache which the Filipinos working in the Middle East countries are in great and immediate need of, especially with the increase in the number of overseas Filipino workers in distress

SC should investigate Nicole's March 12 sworn statement and CA disclosure of draft acquittal, Women's partylist, individuals and

Gabriela Women's Party today joined concerned citizens and representatives of women's and people's organizations as they filed a special petition for the Supreme Court to investigate the circumstances of the alleged execution of the sworn statement by Nicole on March 12, 2009 and the disclosure of a draft Court of Appeals (CA) decision on Smith's acquittal.  read more »

HR 1062 - Expressing the Profound Condolences on the Demise of Juana Tejada

A resolution expressing the condolences of the House of Representatives on the demise of Juana Tejada, a caregiver whose courage and persistence in fighting for her right in a foreign land despite her personal battle with a terminal illness inspired a proposal to amend the Canadian Immigration Law for the better treatment of Filipino and their foreign cargeivers in the North American country  

HR 1060- Investigation on the death of one-year-old Rafaela Polvorido and injury of four other children

A resolution directing the House Committee on Human Rights and the Committee on the Welfare of Children to conduct an investigation, in aid of legislation.  read more »

HR 1059- Investigate the Case of 5 Women OFWs Sold as Sex Slaves in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

A Resolution urging the House Committees of Foreign Affairs and Overseas Foreign Workers affairs to conduct an investigation, in aid of legislation, on the case of five women Overseas Filipino Workers hwo had been physically and sexually abused, and sold as sex slaves by their arab employer in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and recommend measures towards the immediate provision of necessary assistance including immediate repatriation of the victims and the persecution 

US-RP VFA: Blueprint for Aggression and Abuse- Gabriela Women’s Party

“The US-RP Visiting Forces Agreement is the very blueprint of a warmonger that is the United States in the Philippines. The Arroyo administration is hell-bent in embracing this lopsided agreement, putting the lives of Filipino women and children in constant peril.”  read more »

Gabriela Solon Calls to Stop Nicole-bashing, Further Denounces VFA and Phil. Justice System

Gabriela Women's Party-list Representative Luzviminda Ilagan called to stop putting the blame on Nicole with her recantation on the rape case against Daniel Smith who was convicted in December 2006, saying that Nicole-bashing could not conceal the loopholes of the Visiting Forces Agreement and the failure of the Philippine justice system to carry out the terms of the conviction.
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Philippine Women’s Groups Say There’s a Plot to Free U.S. Marine Convicted of Rape

Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Manila -- Women's rights activists accused U.S. and Philippine authorities Wednesday of conspiring to free a U.S. Marine convicted of rape after his alleged victim recanted her assault claims and reportedly moved to the United States.  read more »

Palparan hand in Billanes killing? --- Rep. Ilagan

“Is Gen. Jovito Palparan involved in the latest extrajudicial killing in South Cotabato?” thus queried by Gabriela Women's Partylist Representative Luzviminda Ilagan regarding the summary execution of  the anti-mining activist, Eliezer Billanes, who was shot by two unidentified men in Koronadal district, South Cotabato last March 9, 2009.  read more »

Gabriela: Nicole's recantation an 'unfortunate' twist

Yahoo News

MANILA, Philippines -- Women’s group Gabriela once again expressed sympathy to Subic rape victim Nicole, who recently recanted her statement that she was raped by a US marine.  read more »

'Nicole' statement to be used as VFA justification - solon


MANILA, Philippines - The statement of "Nicole" virtually clearing Lance Cpl. Daniel Smith of raping her would likely be used to justify the controversial RP-US Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), a feminist lawmaker warned Wednesday.

"Nicole's recantation is now a scapegoat to justify VFA amid mounting calls to terminate this unequal agreement," Gabriela party-list Rep. Liza Maza told GMANews.TV in a text message.  read more »

‘Nicole’ seen as ‘scapegoat’ in ‘conspiracy’


MANILA,Philippines – (UPDATE 2) The Arroyo administration should be blamed formaking the Filipina raped by a US Marine in 2005 a “scapegoat” for thecontentious Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), a lawmaker said Wednesdaywhile another alleged that there could be a “conspiracy” to “derail thePhilippine justice system,” among others.

“My sense is 'Nicole’is being made a scapegoat for the VFA,” Gabriela partylistRepresentative Liza Maza said in a phone interview, referring to thecourt-appointed name of the victim.

'Nicole' a scapegoat to save VFA -- lawmaker


Lawmakers on Wednesday expressed shock over the recantation of Subicrape victim "Nicole", with one party-list congresswoman saying that theyoung Filipina would be used as a scapegoat to save a controversialdefense treaty between the Philippines and the United States.  read more »

Justice for Nicole is Arroyo's Burden- Rep.Maza

“The termination of Atty. Ursua’s services as Nicole’s counsel is immaterial to this criminal case. Nicole has done her part in filing the case and testifying versus Smith. The burden now in seeing to it that full justice is served lies in the hands of President Arroyo.   She should assert Philippine custody of Smith and she is the one who should be blamed not Nicole if and when Smith continues to get away with the crime.”  read more »

Junk US-RP Visiting Forces Agreement Launching

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Gabriela Solon Joins Junk VFA Movement Launching, Hits Malacañang’s Compromise Pact

“Malacañang’s pact with the US government reeks of renewed subservience, docility and sell-out to US interests by its so called ‘compromise pact’ on the custody of Daniel smith. As long as the US-RP VFA is in force, the compromise of our rights as a sovereign nation is wont to be duplicated over and over again”.  read more »

Solons downplay 'Nicole' flight, say burden still with RP govt

MANILA, Philippines - Filipina rape victim "Nicole" may have left the country, but the Arroyo administration is still obligated to ensure that justice is served.

Two lawmakers from women's party-list group Gabriela made the statement Tuesday after lawyer Evalyn Ursua said "Nicole" has left the country for the United States and has terminated the lawyer's services.

"Termination of Atty. Ursua's services is immaterial to this criminal case. Nicole has done her part in filing the case and testifying versus Smith. The burden now in seeing to it that full justice is served lies in the hands of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo," Representative Liza Maza told GMANews.TV in a text message.  read more »

Senator, lady solons: ‘Don’t blame Nicole


Maza said Nicole’s decision to terminate the services of Ursua andleave the country was “immaterial” to the criminal case against Smith,who is appealing his conviction.

”Nicole has done her part in filing the case and testifying against Smith. The burden now in seeing to it that full justice is served lies in the hands of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. She should assert Philippine custody of Smith and she is the one who should be blamed, not Nicole, if and when Smith continues to get away with the crime,”Maza said in a text message.


“Nicole” leaves for the US, for good


“There is going suspicion that maybe Nicole was pressured and weunderstand her situation right now,” said Rep. Liza Maza of women’sparty list Gabriela in a telephone interview on ANC’s DatelinePhilippines.

“We were surprised by the turn of events,” added Maza.

She also said that the termination of Ursua’s services is immaterialto the case because there is already a conviction against Smith.  read more »