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.

Privilege Speech
Rep. Emmi De Jesus
Gabriela Women’s Party (GWP)
6 February 2017

Mr. Speaker, mga kabaro, kapwa kinatawan at panauhin ng Mababang Kapulungan, magandang hapon sa inyong lahat.

Gabriela Women’s Party is pushing for an immediate and independent investigation over the huge fire that gutted the House Technology Industries (HTI) factory at the Cavite Economic Processing Zone in Rosario. We fear that hundreds of workers were charred to death given the operating capacity of the factory at the time of the conflagration. But media reports and Cavite’s provincial capitol indicate only injuries and not deaths.

Gabriela Women’s Party is pushing for an immediate and independent investigation over the huge fire that gutted the House Technology Industries (HTI) factory at the Cavite Economic Processing Zone in Rosario. We fear that hundreds of workers were charred to death given the operating capacity of the factory at the time of the conflagration. But media reports and Cavite’s provincial capitol indicate only injuries and not deaths.

House Committee on Poverty Alleviation chair and Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Emmi De Jesus on Tuesday (Jan. 31) branded the Department of Finance’s (DOF) tax reform package as “deceptive and anti-poor,” saying the supposed reduction in personal income tax “is just a smokescreen for a tax tsunami directed against poor Filipinos.”

Anticipating plenary debates on the re-imposition of the death penalty, Gabriela lawmakers reiterated their position against the proposal and joined fellow Makabayan bloc lawmakers in presenting their position against House Bill 01.

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