Gabriela Women's Party Representative Liza Maza today said that SSS chief Romulo Neri's authority to commit Social Security System (SSS) funds for the Malacanang's P300 billion economic stimulus package is questionable.
Citing possible violations of the SSS charter with regards to the use of the employees' or workers' funds, Maza said it is explicit in the SSS charter that their funds should be used to finance the benefits of the members.

"Increasing the price of LPG due to higher acquisition costs and supply tightness is a lame excuse by Shell and Petron. Indeed, this is another burden passed on to the poor Filipino families who have always put up with the brunt of this crisis," said Gabriela Women's Party Rep. Liza Maza.

Gabriela Women's Party Secretary General Cristina Palabay today expressed alarm over the controversial suspension of four Quezon City Science High School (QCSHS) students for a blog they wrote about their school administration and the closure of QCSHS' school publications, The Electron and The Banyuhay.

Gabriela Women’s Party fervently denounces the intensified US-backed Israel war of aggression in Gaza that has resulted to the genocide of the Palestinians, massive human rights violations, and destruction of livelihood and properties. These fierce attacks staged by Israel have seriously violated the International Humanitarian law as set forth in the Geneva Conventions since it has been targeting the defenseless civilian areas.

Gabriela Women’s Party on Thursday joined the voices condemning themassacre of women and children in Gaza and called for an immediate endto the US-backed Israeli war of aggression in the 360-square-kilometerstrip.
In a resolution filed in the House of Representatives, Rep. Luz Ilagansaid that Israel, by continuing its indiscriminate and excessiveattacks on Gaza’s civilian areas, violate the internationalhumanitarian law and human rights standards.

“The presence of US military troops guarantees the rise in the number of human rights violations in civilian communities where they are deployed.”
Thus, Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Luz Ilagan on Wednesday said, “there is sufficient ground for the cancellation of the 2009 Balikatan military exercises and the termination of the US-RP Visiting Forces Agreement”.

Gabriela Women's Party Representative Liza Maza today said proposals to impose drug tests in schools are illegal and unconstitutional and may pose an additional burden to parents and students.
"Mandatory drug tests for students can and will violate the rights to privacy of minors and children. Moreover it may entail unnecessary additional costs for parents at this time of financial and economic difficulty. Making these drug tests mandatory for students is unnecessary in the campaign against drugs."

Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Luz Ilagan finds no reason for the continued implementation of the bogus Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program, which, “instead of emancipating farmers from their impoverished condition has only condemned them into a lifetime of bondage and poverty”.

Twenty years have passed since it was first implemented by the Aquino administration but our farmers remain landless. The prevailing landlessness sank three million women farmers, including 2.23 million unpaid family workers, further into abject impoverishment.

Gabriela Women’s Party Representatives Liza Maza and Luz Ilagan today join the big interfaith rally against Charter Change in Makati to oppose the moves of Malacañang and its allies to extend the term of President Arroyo beyond 2010.

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