Gabriela Women’s Party marched today with national minorities to the US embassy to once more assert the call for an end to US intervention and an end to all military agreements between the United States and the Philippines. They expressed support for an independent foreign policy repeatedly verbalized by President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Among national minorities are women, children who have been repeatedly harassed, evicted and even killed over decades of military intervention in the name of protecting economic interests. Indigenous peoples’ communities have been plundered by multinationals. Together with our national minorities, we demand justice,” said Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Emmi De Jesus.
National minorities have been in the urban center to demonstrate their demands for land and self-determination. “The call for the recognition of rights and self determination for our national minorities cannot be separated from the call to end the US military end economic intervention in the country.”
Representative Arlene Brosas said it is no secret that US military presence has been maintained in the country as part of the US pivot to Asia to ensure that US economic and geo-political interests in the Philippines and the entire region are guarded and protected.
“It has always been for the benefit of the US and at the expense of our people. It is time to put an end to this subjugation and decades of victimization. This is the reason why we support the President’s pronouncements for an independent foreign policy and hope that all these will be realized soon. Filipino women firmly believe that yes we can stand as a nation, especially without US interests getting in the way. Kaya ng Pilipinas, US, Layas!”
The women’s group is also set to commemorate the Filipino Women’s National Day of Protest tomorrow, with yet another demonstration at the US Embassy.