The Filipino women and the people face a dark era with the three branches of government throwing their support to the declaration of the Mindanao-wide martial law, which has only wrought destruction in Marawi and enabled worse military-sponsored rights violations across Mindanao.

With the SC backing of martial law, the military will be emboldened to carry out aerial strikes, indiscriminate firing and in using rape as a tool of war against civilians.

On Philippine-US Friendship day, Gabriela Women's Partylist urged Duterte anew to pursue his independent foreign policy and sever one-sided ties with the US.

"President Duterte started his term lambasting US's intervention in our country. A year later we march asking for its fulfillment," said Gabriela Women's Partylist (GWP) Rep. Arlene Brosas.

GWP supported Duterte’s earlier pronouncement to abrogate all policies and agreements with the US. This includes EDCA, VFA, and Bayanihan exercises.

“President Duterte has chosen to place peace saboteurs near the negotiating table by appointing in his first year 59 retired military and police officers to the Cabinet and other key government positions – officers who are not interested in socio-economic reforms at all.”

This was the statement of Gabriela Women’s Party (GWP) Rep. Arlene Brosas as President Duterte appealed on Saturday to end the armed conflict so that the peace talks with the NDFP to proceed.

Gabriela Women’s Party today joined thousands who took to the streets, challenging president Duterte to take huge strides in fulfilling campaign promises that will benefit the poor and marginalized and reverse anti-poor and anti-people policy pronouncements that taints his administration’s human rights record.

Gabriela Women’s Party (GWP) Rep. Arlene Brosas on Thursday warned of much higher prices of rice due to “unlimited rice importation” as the country’s quantitative restrictions on rice imports expire on June 30.

Gabriela Women’s Party (GWP) stands by its account of women in Marawi City who complained of rape threats from members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). It was GWP Rep. Arlene Brosas who personally heard the spontaneous disclosure of women regarding the rape threats, when she and representatives from the church sector, Moro organizations and other groups participated in the National Interfaith Humanitarian Mission (NIHM) last June 14-15. We have the identities of the victims, but we cannot disclose them to the public as this is a very sensitive issue.

Gabriela Women’s Party (GWP) Rep. Arlene Brosas on Friday raised an alarm over stories on government troops who threatened to rape women if they don’t leave Marawi City amid President Duterte’s rape joke and with the Mindanao-wide martial law in effect.

Gabriela Women’s Party (GWP) other Makabayan bloc party-lists have filed a House resolution seeking an inquiry on the Marawi crisis, saying heads must roll over the mass displacement of Maranao families currently cramped in evacuation centers amid the Mindanao-wide martial law declaration.

Speaking at a media briefing today, GWP Rep. Arlene Brosas said they are urging colleagues at the House of Representatives via House Resolution 1085 to look into the humanitarian crisis in Marawi City, specifically on the impacts on women and children.

President Duterte should order an end to airstrikes and lift the martial law declaration in Mindanao following his recent apology to residents of Marawi City, according to Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Arlene Brosas.

“President Duterte’s next logical step after his apology to the Maranao people should be the lifting of the martial law declaration. One cannot be sorry and yet continue causing massive damage to Marawi City at the same time,” Brosas, who visited the evacuation centers in Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur last week, said.

House Committee on Overseas Workers’ Affairs acting chair and Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Emmi De Jesus welcomes the acquittal of Jennifer Dalquez from the crime of murder by a court in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  We heave a sigh of relief together with the parents of Dalquez, who have worked closely with us in filing House Resolution 829 seeking an executive clemency for her.

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