GWP Secretary General Cristina Palabay condemned today the illegal arrest and detention of Mary Grace Delicano, a volunteer campaigner of GWP in 2007 elections and a campaign staff of Gabriela-Negros since 1993.

"Delicano's illegal arrest and detention is an alarming case of the witchhunt spree of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Arroyo government in Negros and in the country," Palabay said.

Gabriela Womens Party Representative Liza Maza today renewed calls for the GSIS to fully disclose immediately its foreign investments as the global financial meltdown worsens in the midst of a foiled US bailout.

“The clamor for a full public disclosure of GSIS investments is urgent. The pension of at least 2 million government employees, including public school teachers is at stake,” said Rep. Maza.

Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Liza Maza today criticized President Arroyo’s Executive Order 739 as “a dangerous move towards the operationalization of a police and betrays the Arroyo regime’s propensity for totalitarianism.”

According to Maza, EO 739 which reorganizes the National Peace and Order Council places the country, down to the smallest and most isolated barangays under the framework of internal security order (ISO) that poses the risk of further undermining civilian authority. “It portends a human rights catastrophe.”

The increase in the prices of oil, rice, and other basic commodities and products remain unabated, especially with the continuous implementation of neoliberal policies of liberalization, privatization and deregulation.

“Break the chain of abuse. Pass the Anti-Child Pornography Bill.”

This was the statement of Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Luz Ilagan after a study conducted by Talikala Foundation, a group helping prostituted women in Davao, revealed that a large number of prostituted women were once victims of child pornography.

“The increase in the number of cases of child pornography in the Philippines and the number of Filipino children involved in sex trade are alarming. If we do not stop these now, what will happen to our children?”

The beleaugered administration of Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyocontinues to pursue its scheme of perpetuating itself in power throughrenewed efforts to amend the 1987 Philippine Constitution. The spectreof Charter Change (ChaCha) has been said to be behind government movesto ink the Memorandum of Agreement between the government panel and theMoro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), thus spurring revival of debatesregarding resolutions and bills filed in the House of Representatives.

“There is no one else to blame for the beheading of Jenifer Bidoya butGMA. In favor of preparing an ostentatious welcome for current andfuture business partners in the Global Forum on Migration andDevelopment (GFMD), President Arroyo has further pushed aside thewelfare of Filipinos abroad,” said Gabriela Women's Party Rep. Luz Ilagan.

Bidoya was an overseas Filipino worker beheaded in Saudi Arabia lastOctober 14 after two years of serving detention for allegedly murderinga Saudi national.

Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Liza Largoza Maza today pushed for nationwide, transparent, public hearings on Charter Change, arguing that the conduct of simultaneous district-level consultations being proposed by the allies of the administration is prone to political manipulation.

“We want nothing less than the conduct of truthful, thorough, transparent public consultations on the issue of charter change.”

Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Liza Maza today called on Congress to stop yielding to Malacanang’s call for Charter Change. “Let us not allow Congress to become the wielder of the wedge that will divide our people further. This is the last thing our country needs.”

"Its all systems go for the Anti-Cha-cha movement. Charter change has consistently been rejected and it will be rejected once more." Thus said Gabriela Women's Party Representative Liza Maza as Malacanang announced that it's now "all systems go" for Charter Change.

"We have no doubts that the people's movement will once more thwart this devious plot. President Arroyo cannot hide behind the cloak of pushing for a federal-parliamentary form of government via Charter Change. Her intention of overstaying further in Malacanang is crystal clear," said Maza.