Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Arlene Brosas expressed today her support for urban poor women in the #OccupyBulacan settling in idle and deteriorating housing projects. Thousands of urban poor from the Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap led the occupation of housing units in Pandi, Bulacan.

“Shelter is a basic human need and a basic human right. It is such an irony that while there are millions of homeless families, there are also thousands of government housing units sanding idly and wasting away. It is but just that these homes are occupied,” said Brosas.

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.

Gabriela Women’s Party (GWP) together with other women’s groups lambasted the railroading and approval of the death penalty bill at the House of Representatives in a picket outside Batasan on March 8, International Women’s Day.

“The approval last night of the death penalty bill is a major spoiler of the commemoration of International Woman’s Day today as it raises the specter of heightened state-sanctioned slaughter and abuse of poor women and Filipinos,” Gabriela Rep. Emmi De Jesus said.

In a forum leading up to the commemoration of International Women’s Day tomorrow, March 8, Gabriela Women’s Party highlighted the plight of women workers and peasants and called on Congress to pass laws that will uplift their lives and took a swipe at moves to pass the bill to re-impose of the death penalty.

Women's group Gabriela today joined protests at the gates of the House of Representatives opposing the re-imposition of the death penalty as Congress gears to approve the measure on third and final reading this week.

Gabriela Women's Party Representative Arlene Brosas spoke among protesters indicating their strong position against the death penalty.

Gabriela Women’s Party Representatives Emmi De Jesus and Arlene Brosas expressed today their support for Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez’ move to cancel mineral production sharing agreements located in watersheds all over the country.

Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Arlene Brosas today echoed calls to drop all charges and set free Bayan Metro Manila campaign officer Ferdinand Castillo as she visited him today in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

Brosas offered support to Castillo’s wife, Nona Andaya-Castillo, a known advocate for breastfeeding and women and children’s rights. Brosas also expressed concern for the health of Castillo who, according to his wife is on a strict diet after surviving bouts with gout, rheumatic heart disease, colon bleeding and two mild strokes.

On Valentines’ day, thousands of women took to the streets and danced in calling for a stop to the Duterte administration’s declaration of an all out war and in prodding the Duterte administration to return to the negotiation table with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.

“President Duterte’s emotional rant abruptly terminating negotiations and the declaration of an all-out war has unleashed a monster of human rights violations, killings of activists and illegal arrests,” said Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Emmi De Jesus.

Partylist group Gabriela Women’s Party (GWP) said a “sober reconsideration” of the peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and not an “all-out war” is the only way to go for the Duterte administration if it is sincere in pursuing peace.

Reacting to a recent statement by Defense chief Delfin Lorenzana, Gabriela Rep. Emmi De Jesus said an “all-out war” against communist rebels misses the point of the peace talks, which is primarily aimed at addressing the roots of armed conflict.

Gabriela Women’s Party (GWP) together with other Makabayan lawmakers filed today a resolution urging the House Committee on Labor and Employment to conduct an investigation on the huge factory fire in House Technology Industries (HTI) building in Cavite last Feb. 1.

In filing House Resolution No. 747, the progressive lawmakers underscored the need to ferret out information surrounding the factory fire that lasted for two days at the Cavite Export Processing Zone.