Gabriela Women’s Party (GWP) stands by its account of women in Marawi City who complained of rape threats from members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). It was GWP Rep. Arlene Brosas who personally heard the spontaneous disclosure of women regarding the rape threats, when she and representatives from the church sector, Moro organizations and other groups participated in the National Interfaith Humanitarian Mission (NIHM) last June 14-15. We have the identities of the victims, but we cannot disclose them to the public as this is a very sensitive issue.

Gabriela Women’s Party (GWP) Rep. Arlene Brosas on Friday raised an alarm over stories on government troops who threatened to rape women if they don’t leave Marawi City amid President Duterte’s rape joke and with the Mindanao-wide martial law in effect.

Gabriela Women’s Party (GWP) other Makabayan bloc party-lists have filed a House resolution seeking an inquiry on the Marawi crisis, saying heads must roll over the mass displacement of Maranao families currently cramped in evacuation centers amid the Mindanao-wide martial law declaration.

Speaking at a media briefing today, GWP Rep. Arlene Brosas said they are urging colleagues at the House of Representatives via House Resolution 1085 to look into the humanitarian crisis in Marawi City, specifically on the impacts on women and children.

President Duterte should order an end to airstrikes and lift the martial law declaration in Mindanao following his recent apology to residents of Marawi City, according to Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Arlene Brosas.

“President Duterte’s next logical step after his apology to the Maranao people should be the lifting of the martial law declaration. One cannot be sorry and yet continue causing massive damage to Marawi City at the same time,” Brosas, who visited the evacuation centers in Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur last week, said.

House Committee on Overseas Workers’ Affairs acting chair and Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Emmi De Jesus welcomes the acquittal of Jennifer Dalquez from the crime of murder by a court in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  We heave a sigh of relief together with the parents of Dalquez, who have worked closely with us in filing House Resolution 829 seeking an executive clemency for her.

Gabriela Women’s Party (GWP) Rep. Arlene Brosas on Friday joined other petitioners in asking the high court to nullify President Duterte’s martial law declaration in Mindanao.

“The high court must not shirk its responsibility to review the factual basis of Duterte’s martial law declaration especially as both chambers of Congress have so willfully approved the militarist solution without sufficient debate and discussion,” Brosas said, citing separate resolutions of the Senate and the House of Representatives supporting the declaration.

“The deaths of 38 individuals—patrons and workers at the Resorts World incident should bring forward the implications of having special economic zones enjoy exemptions from labor and safety exemptions.

Women's partylist group Gabriela today expressed their sympathies to the families of victims of the Resorts World incident in Manila as they condemned the violent attack.

"We join the families of the victims as they mourn their loss and are one with them in seeking answers to questions now being raised after the unfortunate incident," said Gabriela Women's Party Rep. Emmi De Jesus who said a thorough and impartial investigation must follow.

“Legislating a measure that misses the point about children’s rights and armed conflict in the country is very dangerous at a time when state forces continue to commit red-tagging, harassment and killings of children in conflict situations.”

This was the statement of Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Emmi de Jesus over the approval of the House Bill 4557 supposedly seeking special protection of children in situations of armed conflict at the committee level last Monday.

Delivered by GWP Rep. Emmi De Jesus, 30 May 2017

Mr. Speaker, the present House Bill No. 5685 was a refiled House Bill from the previous 16th Congress. It was previously filed as House Bill No. 6425 and was approved by the House of Representatives on Third Reading on May 23, 2016 and was transmitted to the Senate on May 25, 2016.

However, due to lack of material time, the Senate failed to act the measure.

In the present 17th Congress, six (6) House Bills on the same subject matter were filed. These are the following: