Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Liza Maza today scored the planned P25M fund for random drug testing in high school dubbing it as “expenditure for the violation of rights.”
Maza said, “Why dish out 25 M on a move that will not even make a dent on the systemic drug problem and worse, will result to the violation of students’ rights to privacy and self incrimination?”
According to Maza, P25M, could actually buy an estimated 400,000 textbooks or even build 50 classrooms.
Gabriela Women's Party Representative Liza Maza today said the spate of fabricated cases filed against activists and leaders of progressive organizations and partylists are proof of how Department of Justice and the lower courts have long become the Inter Agency Legal Action Group's (IALAG) dirty tricks department.
In a privilege speech today, the lawmaker called the attention of colleagues in Congress on the spate of fabricated murder charges filed against 72 activists in Southern Tagalog as well as several others in Cebu and Negros.
At the hearing on the impact of the global financial crisis at the House Committees on Economic Affairs and Banks today, Gabriela Women's Party Representative Liza Maza said Social Security System chief Romulo Neri should explain the use of the P12.5B funds of the SSS for the economic stimulus package prescribed to cushion the impact of the crisis, as this "may be tantamount to cheating off funds from the workers and SSS beneficiaries."
Gabriela Women’s Party on Monday urged the House of Representatives to investigate where the P250 million OWWA fund set aside last year for OFWs affected by the global financial crisis went.
“The Arroyo government’s so-called ‘assistance program’ for Filipino workers displaced by the global financial meltdown could be a ruse to divert millions of OFW money to the pockets of corrupt government officials,” Rep. Luz Ilagan said.
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”.