Militant women today led protests in communities and in Welcome Rotunda in Quezon City to protest the multiple whammies brought about by the spate of increases in the prices of oil, utilities, food and basic commodities.

Gabriela Women’s Party legislator Arlene Brosas who joined protesters in Quezon City said women and bearing the heaviest brunt of the price increases, scrimping on meager budgets amid zero increases in workers’ wages and benefits.

Women’s partylist group Gabriela today said President Duterte’s Martial Law threats amid unresolved cases of extra judicial killings in the war against drugs creates an atmosphere of impunity and bodes further abuse and brutality from police and military authorities.

House Committee on Poverty Alleviation Chair and Gabriela Women’s Party (GWP) Rep. Emmi De Jesus raised an alarm over the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showing the rise in the number of poor and food-poor Filipinos last December, adding that this highlights the urgency of socio-economic reforms in the upcoming round of peace talks.

13 DECEMBER 2016-- Gabriela Women’s Party, together with Migrante International and migrant workers from Saudi Arabia, today filed a resolution at the House of Representatives seeking an inquiry into the efforts of the Philippine Government, in particular the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Labor and Employment to address the plight of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) affected by the crisis in Saudi Arabia.

Partylist Gabriela Women’s Party on Monday (Dec. 12) expressed its strong opposition to the “no endo, no strike” compromise being mulled by the House Committee on Labor and Employment, saying the move is “totally unacceptable.”

The compromise deal to end the “endo” scheme or contractualization in exchange for a 10-year strike moratorium “is a gross distortion of rights being accorded by the Constitution to all Filipino workers,” according to GWP Rep. Emmi De Jesus.

House lawmakers, school administrators and students of Manila-based schools have vowed to fight all forms of sexual harassment in a roundtable discussion held today (Dec. 7) at the Speaker’s Social Hall, House of Representatives.

Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Arlene Brosas said the forum provided a platform for school administrators, students and lawmakers to cooperate, particularly in raising awareness and pushing amendments to the anti-sexual harassment law.

“General Eduardo Año’s appointment as chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines is the gravest of insult that victims of human rights violations perpetrated by troops under his command. This does not bode well for the human rights situation in the country.”

This is according to Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Arlene Brosas following President Duterte’s appointment of General Eduardo Año as chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Members of Gabriela Women’s Party today joined the Solidarity Fast at the Mendiola Bridge calling for the immediate release of all political prisoners and the termination of Oplan Bayanihan.

Gabriela Women’s Party challenged the new head of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) to look into the dismal state of forcibly evicted families and their relocation sites as it filed a resolution seeking the same.

Gabriela said new HUDCC chair Leoncio Evasco should heed the cries of evicted families who endure inhumane conditions in the failed government housing programs and relocation sites.

“What does Terror Alert Level 3 actually mean? Have they not secured bomb plot suspects already? What constitutes such an alert level and who determines this? The declaration of an alert level leading to increased police visibility and checkpoints creates much restiveness especially as this comes after the President has loosely thrown threats to kill human rights activists and suspend the writ of habeas corpus.”

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