Gabriela Women’s Party (GWP) Rep. Arlene Brosas on Friday joined other petitioners in asking the high court to nullify President Duterte’s martial law declaration in Mindanao.

“The high court must not shirk its responsibility to review the factual basis of Duterte’s martial law declaration especially as both chambers of Congress have so willfully approved the militarist solution without sufficient debate and discussion,” Brosas said, citing separate resolutions of the Senate and the House of Representatives supporting the declaration.

“The deaths of 38 individuals—patrons and workers at the Resorts World incident should bring forward the implications of having special economic zones enjoy exemptions from labor and safety exemptions.

Women's partylist group Gabriela today expressed their sympathies to the families of victims of the Resorts World incident in Manila as they condemned the violent attack.

"We join the families of the victims as they mourn their loss and are one with them in seeking answers to questions now being raised after the unfortunate incident," said Gabriela Women's Party Rep. Emmi De Jesus who said a thorough and impartial investigation must follow.

“Legislating a measure that misses the point about children’s rights and armed conflict in the country is very dangerous at a time when state forces continue to commit red-tagging, harassment and killings of children in conflict situations.”

This was the statement of Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Emmi de Jesus over the approval of the House Bill 4557 supposedly seeking special protection of children in situations of armed conflict at the committee level last Monday.

Delivered by GWP Rep. Emmi De Jesus, 30 May 2017

Mr. Speaker, the present House Bill No. 5685 was a refiled House Bill from the previous 16th Congress. It was previously filed as House Bill No. 6425 and was approved by the House of Representatives on Third Reading on May 23, 2016 and was transmitted to the Senate on May 25, 2016.

However, due to lack of material time, the Senate failed to act the measure.

In the present 17th Congress, six (6) House Bills on the same subject matter were filed. These are the following:

Gabriela Women’s Party (GWP) opposes measures seeking a national identification (ID) system, fearing that it will be abused for state surveillance and third party data leaks amid the militarization of the bureaucracy.

Gabriela Women’s Party (GWP) on Monday condemned the appointment of former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Roy Cimatu as Environment Secretary, fearing that it will erode whatever reforms and gains former Secretary Gina Lopez has achieved at the DENR.

The rejection of Gina Lopez as DENR Secretary by the Commission on Appointments (CA) is proof of the strong lobby and influence of big mining firms among top government officials. Her rejection underscores the primacy of the mass movement in resisting corporate plunder of the environment. We call on Gina Lopez to continue being a staunch ally of women and the people in defending communities and Mother Earth from destructive operations of big businesses. #

Gabriela Women's Party takes much offense, in behalf of solo parents, women raising their children amid difficult circumstances at Sen. Vicente Sotto III's tirades as he raised questions at the CA's hearing on the appointment of DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo. The senator clearly went out of bounds, insinuating malice at Taguiwalo who raised her two children as a solo parent, dubbing such as "na-ano".  Solo parents, including the DSWD secretary should in no way be at the receiving end of such insults. We demand a public apology from the senator.  We commend Sec.

Gabriela Women's Party (GWP) reiterated its full support to the confirmation of Secs. Judy Taguiwalo, Rafael "Ka Paeng" Mariano, and Gina Lopez as it joined the action outside the Senate today.

"Secs. Taguiwalo, Mariano and Lopez represent the counter-current in the bureaucracy that is characterized by pro-big business interests and traditional politics. Confirming their appointments will ensure that the politics of change will make significant headway under the Duterte administration," said GWP Rep. Arlene Brosas.

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