“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.”

30 November 2016 - Gabriela Women’s Party lawmakers urged President Rodrigo Duterte during the commemoration of Bonifacio Day to get rid of the vestiges of the Marcos dictatorship which run counter to the nationalist and democratic aspirations of working class hero Andres Bonifacio.

At the Bonifacio Day rally in Manila, GWP Rep. Arlene Brosas said features of Marcosian rule are still evident up to this day under the Duterte administration, such as the continued incarceration of political prisoners across the country and the militarization of communities.

(Gabriela Women's Party Rep. Arlene Brosas interpellating Rep. Salvador Belaro of 1-Ang Edukasyon on conduct of last week's Committee on Justice hearing) Mr. Speaker, distinguished colleagues, with due respect to the chairperson and members of the Committee on Justice, this representation would like to reiterate the objective of conducting a hearing in aid of legislation. Kami man sa Gabriela Women’s Party ay kaisa sa layuning masawata ang problema ng iligal na droga at mapanagot ang mga nasa likod nito ng paglaganap.

Gabriela Women's Party today joins women from different parts of the country and the world marching to end the abuse women and the motherland in commemorating the United Nations-declared International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) and the National Consciousness Day to End Violence Against Women and Children.

Lawmakers belonging to Gabriela Women’s Party (GWP) urged on Wednesday the House panel on labor and employment to pass a measure that bans labor contractualization, including arrangements deemed as “legal” under the labor department’s order.

At a House committee meeting today, the two GWP solons called on House members and the labor department to support House Bill No. 1045 or the “Regular Employment Bill” which provides for the regularization of employees performing functions that are vital to the company.

PRIVILEGE SPEECH
Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Emmi De Jesus
November 22, 2016

Ipinagdidiwang ng kababaihan sa buong mundo ang International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women o IDEVAW. Kasabay nito ang taunang pagtatakda ng National Consciousness Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children ang Nobyembre 25 sa bisa ng Republic Act 10398, ang batas na matagumpay na naipasa natin sa Kongreso sa pangunguna ng Gabriela Women’s Party.

“Hindi lamang ang mga babaeng nagpo-protesta ang nababastos. Pagyurak sa alaala ng maraming kababaihang martir at biktima ng Batas Militar ang nangyayaring pambabastos sa social media sa mga kabataang kababaihang naging bahagi ng pagtutol sa paglilibing sa dating diktador sa Libingan ng mga Bayani.”

“May Martial Law ba sa Sultan Kudarat? In true Marcosian fashion, the Sultan Kudarat local government vilified and threatened Lumad school teachers and volunteers, forcing them to close down their schools. We call on the Department of Education to do what it can to ensure that these schools are able to provide much needed services to indigenous Manobo communities in Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat and that the safety of students and teachers are not compromised.”

The burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani may be a big and calculated effort towards conditioning the public to glorify Marcos’s strongman tactics and to accept extrajudicial killings, torture, rural militarization and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus as legitimate governance.

In commemoration of the Hacienda Luisita massacre, Gabriela Women's Party joins today's activities at the Azucarera Central Luisita the very spot where 7 martyrs of the peasant struggle where brutally slaughtered by the Cojuanco landlord family and its henchmen in the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police.

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