Gabriela Women's Party (GWP) raised a howl on Speaker Gloria Arroyo's "self-serving" draft Charter under Resolution of Both Houses (RBH) No. 15, which breezed the committee stage and was sneaked into the plenary on Monday.

"Speaker Arroyo's bid to lift term limits as contained in her draft Charter serves her ambition to perpetuate herself in power and be chosen as President in a no-elections scenario. This is a vulgar and self-serving ploy to continue her unfinished Chacha bid almost a decade ago,” said Gabriela Rep. Emmi de Jesus.

One Billion Rising 2018: Rise, Resist, Unite!
Privilege Speech
February 12, 2018
Rep. Emmi de Jesus
Gabriela Women's Party

Ginoong Speaker, mga kapwa mambabatas, magandang hapon.

Gabriela Women's Party (GWP) lambasts President Duterte's latest anti-women remark in a Feb. 7 Palace event wherein he ordered government troops to shoot female NPAs in the vagina.

"Duterte latest nasty remark openly encourages violence against women, contributes to the impunity on such, and further confirms himself as the most dangerous macho-fascist in the government right now. He has further presented himself as the epitome of misogyny and fascism terribly rolled in one," Gabriela Rep. Emmi de Jesus said.

We take the Palace’s pronouncement of free health services to Dengvaxia recipients with a grain of salt. The statement, which was issued following the persistent clamor of mothers, is vague as to how the health services will be funded in the context of P1.4-billion budget cut for public hospitals in the 2018 national budget.

abriela Women’s Party (GWP) described the P3.767-trillion 2018 national budget as a “demolition budget” with its heavy emphasis on big-ticket infrastructure projects under the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” (BBB) program.

Mr. Speaker, amid the military’s failure to substantiate its reports of rebellion across Mindanao and threats to public safety with factual basis, the martial law declaration itself stands out as the clear and present danger to the people of Mindanao. Martial law has licensed the full-blown militarist approach that has displaced over 300,000 families in Marawi and thousands more in other Mindanao provinces. Ibig sabihin lang, ang martial law ang pinakamalaking panganib at banta sa kaligtasan at karapatan ng ating mga kababayan.

Mr. Speaker, consistent ang representasyong ito sa pagtutol sa pagpapataw ng batas militar mula pa noong rehimeng Marcos. Magpahanggang ngayon, malinaw ang aking batayan sa posisyong ito. Sa bahagi ng Gabriela Women’s Party, kinokondena namin ang mga teroristang gawi ng ilang grupo sa Marawi. Subalit, naniniwala din kaming hindi solusyon ang todong militaristikong tugon sa nagaganap na kaguluhan sa Mindanao. Hindi nagapi ng halos isang dekadang imposisyon ng martial law sa ilalim ni Marcos ang sinasabing banta ng komunismo at rebelyong Moro.

#SONA2017 outfits of Gabriela Reps. Emmi De Jesus and Arlene Brosas bear anti-martial law, regular jobs calls

To show her ardent support in the fight for regularization of Endo workers, Gabriela Women's Party (GWP) Rep. Emmi De Jesus wears a barong bearing a "Regular Jobs Now" beadwork in today’s State of the Nation Address (SONA).

De Jesus is the principal author of HB 1045 or the Regular Employment Bill, a measure that seeks to ban contractualization.

Women marched today on the occasion of President Rodrigo Duterte’s second State of the Nation Address (SONA) to once more bring forward women’s demands for regular jobs and homes.

Gabriela Women’s Partylist (GWP) Reps. Emmi De Jesus and Arlene Brosas met with women from various sectors and urban poor communities to receive a letter which they hope to hand over to President Duterte when Congress hold session later this afternoon.