Women’s partylist group Gabriela and the GABRIELA National Alliance today led protests all over the country to commemorate International Women’s Day taking President Duterte to task for unfulfilled promises to uplift women’s lives. The reiterated the Filipino women’s demands for land, jobs, justice and peace.
“Patuloy na nararamdaman ng kababaihan ang papatinding kahirapan at padausdos na kabuhayan. Hinahanap namin ngayon ang mga pagbabagong ipinangako ng Pangulong Duterte at patuloy kaming mangangalampag hangga’t walang signipikanteng pagbabagong nakikita ang kababaihan,” said Gabriela Rep. Emmi De Jesus who along with colleague Rep. Arlene Brosas, marched from the Bonifacio Shrine to Mendiola in Manila.
De Jesus said Duterte has not made significant strides to concretize an independent foreign policy nor reverse the neo-liberal policies of liberalization, privatization and deregulation that the previous administration adhered to. “Duterte is bound to repeat the errors that earned Noynoy Aquino the disgust of millions. Duterte must immediately fulfill his promises end poverty by putting an end to labor contractualization, implementing genuine land reform and providing free irrigation, among several others.”
Brosas for her part said that while Duterte claims to be on track in the war on drugs, it has on the contrary succeeded only in launching a war against small-time drug peddlers and users while intensifying fascism and militarism that targets activists, civilians and critics.
“The rising fascism that has spawned illegal arrests and killings, large-scale military operations and massive evacuations are attempts to derail efforts by progressive groups to steer this administration away from the dictates of big foreign businesses and oligarchs and serves only to further the implementation of anti-people neo-liberal policies.”
The Gabriela solon called on the Duterte administration to once more pursue peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front.
“We call on President Duterte to abandon its militarist approach and instead seek to comprehensively address poverty from which stems not just criminality but the continuously growing revolutionary armed resistance in the countrysides.” #