Militant women today led protests in communities and in Welcome Rotunda in Quezon City to protest the multiple whammies brought about by the spate of increases in the prices of oil, utilities, food and basic commodities.
Gabriela Women’s Party legislator Arlene Brosas who joined protesters in Quezon City said women and bearing the heaviest brunt of the price increases, scrimping on meager budgets amid zero increases in workers’ wages and benefits.
“Kababaihan ang higit na nakararanas ng doble at tripleng paghihirap. Higit kaninuman ang mga kababaihan, lalo na ang mga nanay ang pangunahing apektado at mamumrublema sa gitna ng pagtaas ng presyo ng langis at bilihin at ng singil sa kuryente at tubig,” said Brosas.
Brosas said gasoline and diesel have each posted increases of P0.70-0.90 / liter in January of this year. This follows three straight increases in the prices of oil in November and December 2016. Liquefied Petroleum Gas or LPG also posted a P4.15-4.17/kg increase in January 2017.
The Gabriela solon also deplored increases in transmission charges even as threats of further price hikes loom with the maintenance shutdown of the Malampaya plant.
The women’s partylist group is proposing the removal of E-VAT charges on petroleum products to allay impact of price increases even as it pushes for more comprehensive reforms in the power industry and the junking of the oil deregulation law.
“We demand that the Duterte administration immediately muster the political will to put a stop to these price increases and give Filipino families much needed relief from these economic attacks. More importantly, the worsening situation of poverty should prompt comprehensive socio-economic reforms including land distribution and the creation of national industries that may comprehensively be crafted in the upcoming peace negotiations between the government and the National Democratic Front.” #