MANILA, Philippines -- Activists again stormed the main office of Pilipinas Shell in Makati City on Monday, pelting it with slippers to protest rising oil prices and call the recent diesel rollback of P1.50 per liter "insignificant."

MANILA, Philippines – Saying they were tired of hearing more “lies” and “illusions” that the country has been better under her nine years in office, eight militant partylist representatives on Monday announced that they would not attend President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) next week.

Instead, Representatives Satur Ocampo, Teodoro Casiño, and Neri Colmenares of Bayan Muna; Liza Maza and Luz Ilagan of Gabriela, Rafael Mariano and Joel Maglunsod of Anakpawis; and Raymond Palatino or Kabataan would join protesters on the streets.

MANILA, Philippines -- Gabriela party-list Representative Liza Maza flew to Japan Wednesday to pursue a "quest for justice" for a Filipina migrant worker allegedly raped by a US soldier in southern Okinawa.

GABRIELA Network is a Philippine-US women's solidarity mass organization. GABNet provides the means by which Filipinas in the US can empower themselves, functions as training ground for women's leadership, and articulates the women's point of view. GABNet effects change through organizing, educating, fundraising, networking, and advocacy.

Gabriela Women’s Party Representatives Liza Maza and Luz Ilagan today joined partylist solons from Bayan Muna in filing a bill to remove the 12% Value Added Tax (VAT) on electricity in a bid to immediately reduce electricity rates.

“This measure is a much needed relief for consumers amid skyrocketing food and oil prices. Initial studies show that if this is approved, electricity rates can be reduced by as much as P1.50/kWh,” said Rep. Maza.

Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Luz Ilagan denounced today the killing of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas Southern Mindanao Region (KMP-SMR) spokesperson, and Bayan -SMR vice chairperson Celso Pojas.

Pojas was killed on May 15,2007 at around 6:00 am, right outside the gate of the Farmers Association of Davao City, of which Pojas was secretary general.

Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Liza Maza today joined government employees in denouncing the use of GSIS assets in the Malacanang-led bid to takeover Meralco.

“Malacanang should stop pitting government employees’ funds for this apparent financial crackdown on business and media institutions that refuse to toe her line,” said Maza.

Maza fears transferring the Meralco management from the Lopezes to the Malacanang-Garcia conspiracy is like putting electricity consumers from the frying pan to the fire.

Gabriela Women's Party has more than 100,000 card-bearing members nationwide and in other countries.

These are the Gabriela chapters nationwide and abroad:

Ilocos
Cordillera
Central Luzon
Southern Tagalog
Bicol Region
National Capital Region
Cebu
Bohol
Eastern Visayas
Panay and Guimaras
Negros Oriental
Negros Occidental
Southern Mindanao
CARAGA
SOCKSARGEN
Cagayan De Oro
Bukidnon
Zamboanga del Sur
Hongkong
Australia

Gabriela Women's Party Rep. Luz Ilagan along with Reps. Satur Ocampo (Bayan Muna) and Crispin Beltran (Anakpawis) speak before a forum organized by the Philippines-Canada Task Force on Human Rights in Montreal.

During the forum, the progressive solons, gave inputs on the human rights situation in the Philippines, particularly on the killings and abductions involving activists, leaders and members of partylist organizations, the continued implementation of the Arroyo government's coutner insurgency program or Oplan Bantay Laya and the political persecution of partylist solons.

MANILA, Philippines -- A bill extending the maternity leave benefits for women from the current 60 days to 120 days was filed Tuesday at the House of Representatives.

House Bill 3973 known as “An act increasing maternity leave benefits from 60 days to 120 days or four months” was initiated by Gabriela Women’s Partylist Representatives Liza Maza and Luzviminda Ilagan.

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