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.

Gabriela lawmakers today warned President Duterte of another Mamasapano massacre if agreements allowing US military presence and operations would remain in force.

"Now that President Duterte has openly acknowledged that CIA operatives were behind the bloody operation in Mamasapano, the next step is to abrogate the VFA and EDCA that allow such covert US military intervention. This will prevent another bloodbath from happening again,” Gabriela Rep. Emmi De Jesus said.

Rep. Emmi De Jesus
Gabriela Women’s Party
Jan. 24, 2017

Mr. Speaker, distinguished members of the House, good afternoon. I rise at this important juncture to recognize and actively promote a vital social function played by women in the nation’s economy. In the legislative realm, passing a bill that promotes women’s maternal health is certainly in line with this thrust to advance women’s role in our society.

“Despite the pomp and supposed celebration of women power surrounding the 65th Miss Universe pageant, women here and abroad remain in their unglamorous and exploited state. At the same time, women are demonstrating women power against sexism and discrimination in hundreds of thousands on the streets.”

This was the statement of Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Emmi De Jesus as Miss Universe beauties pay today a courtesy visit to President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacanang and as women worldwide rise up against new US President Donald Trump.

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