Gabriela Women’s Party (GWP) on Monday condemned the appointment of former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Roy Cimatu as Environment Secretary, fearing that it will erode whatever reforms and gains former Secretary Gina Lopez has achieved at the DENR.

The rejection of Gina Lopez as DENR Secretary by the Commission on Appointments (CA) is proof of the strong lobby and influence of big mining firms among top government officials. Her rejection underscores the primacy of the mass movement in resisting corporate plunder of the environment. We call on Gina Lopez to continue being a staunch ally of women and the people in defending communities and Mother Earth from destructive operations of big businesses. #

Gabriela Women's Party takes much offense, in behalf of solo parents, women raising their children amid difficult circumstances at Sen. Vicente Sotto III's tirades as he raised questions at the CA's hearing on the appointment of DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo. The senator clearly went out of bounds, insinuating malice at Taguiwalo who raised her two children as a solo parent, dubbing such as "na-ano".  Solo parents, including the DSWD secretary should in no way be at the receiving end of such insults. We demand a public apology from the senator.  We commend Sec.

Gabriela Women's Party (GWP) reiterated its full support to the confirmation of Secs. Judy Taguiwalo, Rafael "Ka Paeng" Mariano, and Gina Lopez as it joined the action outside the Senate today.

"Secs. Taguiwalo, Mariano and Lopez represent the counter-current in the bureaucracy that is characterized by pro-big business interests and traditional politics. Confirming their appointments will ensure that the politics of change will make significant headway under the Duterte administration," said GWP Rep. Arlene Brosas.

Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Arlene Brosas today expressed her support anew for the peace negotiations, adding that while the unexpected postponement of peace negotiations creates a cloud of uncertainty, it prods women to continue to pursue much needed reforms in other avenues including that of having the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill immediately passed in Congress.

Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Arlene Brosas expressed today her support for urban poor women in the #OccupyBulacan settling in idle and deteriorating housing projects. Thousands of urban poor from the Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap led the occupation of housing units in Pandi, Bulacan.

“Shelter is a basic human need and a basic human right. It is such an irony that while there are millions of homeless families, there are also thousands of government housing units sanding idly and wasting away. It is but just that these homes are occupied,” said Brosas.

Women’s partylist group Gabriela and the GABRIELA National Alliance today led protests all over the country to commemorate International Women’s Day taking President Duterte to task for unfulfilled promises to uplift women’s lives. The reiterated the Filipino women’s demands for land, jobs, justice and peace.

Gabriela Women’s Party (GWP) together with other women’s groups lambasted the railroading and approval of the death penalty bill at the House of Representatives in a picket outside Batasan on March 8, International Women’s Day.

“The approval last night of the death penalty bill is a major spoiler of the commemoration of International Woman’s Day today as it raises the specter of heightened state-sanctioned slaughter and abuse of poor women and Filipinos,” Gabriela Rep. Emmi De Jesus said.

In a forum leading up to the commemoration of International Women’s Day tomorrow, March 8, Gabriela Women’s Party highlighted the plight of women workers and peasants and called on Congress to pass laws that will uplift their lives and took a swipe at moves to pass the bill to re-impose of the death penalty.

Women's group Gabriela today joined protests at the gates of the House of Representatives opposing the re-imposition of the death penalty as Congress gears to approve the measure on third and final reading this week.

Gabriela Women's Party Representative Arlene Brosas spoke among protesters indicating their strong position against the death penalty.