17 October 2016 - Parang mga aliping binebenta ang mga Pilipinang domestic workers sa pagitan ng mga amo sa kaharian ng Saudi Arabia, isa sa mga pinag-uugatan ng maraming trahedyang nararanasan ng mga inabusong OFW, ayon sa Gabriela Women’s Party at Migrante International.

Delivered by Rep. Emmi De Jesus, Gabriela Women’s Party
17 October 2016

I rise today on a matter of personal and collective privilege.

“Vice President Leni Robredo may be misguided in the bid to seek the reversal of the land conversion moratorium from the Department of Agrarian Reform.”

Thus said Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Arlene Brosas today, expressing support for the land conversion moratorium being espoused by the Department of Agrarian Reform as part of the Duterte administration’s program to ensure food security.

“Did joint US-PH patrols ever stop China from encroaching into Philippine waters? The President is right in pursuing a different tact in protecting and asserting Philippine jurisdiction over the West Philippine Sea and upholding the United Nations’ Tribunal decision in favor of the Philippines.”

Thus said Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Emmi De Jesus as the partylist group expressed support at President Duterte’s decision to stop the joint patrols being conducted by the Philippine Navy with the US Navy in the said contested sea lanes and territories.

Women’s partylist group Gabriela protested today at the Camp Aguinaldo to demand the transfer of convicted murderer US marine Pfc Joseph Scott Pemberton’s detention from a US military structure inside Camp Aguinaldo to a Philippine jail facility and; demand the abrogation of all US-PH military agreements.

PRIVILEGE SPEECH

Rep. Emmi De Jesus, Gabriela Women’s Party
10 Oktubre 2016

10 October 2016 - Two years after Subic resident Jennifer Laude was found dead from a violent sexual encounter with US marine private Joseph Scott Pemberton, militant women’s groups are urging Congress to follow the lead of President Rodrigo Duterte in assessing the real benefits and harm from the military alliance treaties and exercises between the United States and the Philippines.

Partylist group Gabriela threw today its full support to President Rodrigo Duterte’s assertion of an independent foreign policy, finding the Duterte administration gradually working towards meaningful reforms while needing much improvement on its methods in addressing the problem of illegal drugs and crime in the country.

Legislators from Gabriela Women’s Party and the Makabayan bloc today renewed calls for the release of Amelia Pond and is seeking an investigation into the illegal arrest of the Lumad school educator and Rural Missionaries of the Philippines regional coordinator.

4 October 2016 - "Gabriela begs to disagree. Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay should know that our nasty history with neocolonial domination by foreign armies give us every reason to subject military treaties to review and modification."

Gabriela Women's Party Rep. Emmi De Jesus said this in reply to statements made by DFA chief Perfecto Yasay to contradict the stand recently made by his principal President Rodrigo Duterte for the need to question the validity of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement or EDCA.

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