Gabriela lawmakers today warned President Duterte of another Mamasapano massacre if agreements allowing US military presence and operations would remain in force.

"Now that President Duterte has openly acknowledged that CIA operatives were behind the bloody operation in Mamasapano, the next step is to abrogate the VFA and EDCA that allow such covert US military intervention. This will prevent another bloodbath from happening again,” Gabriela Rep. Emmi De Jesus said.

Rep. Emmi De Jesus
Gabriela Women’s Party
Jan. 24, 2017

Mr. Speaker, distinguished members of the House, good afternoon. I rise at this important juncture to recognize and actively promote a vital social function played by women in the nation’s economy. In the legislative realm, passing a bill that promotes women’s maternal health is certainly in line with this thrust to advance women’s role in our society.

“Despite the pomp and supposed celebration of women power surrounding the 65th Miss Universe pageant, women here and abroad remain in their unglamorous and exploited state. At the same time, women are demonstrating women power against sexism and discrimination in hundreds of thousands on the streets.”

This was the statement of Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Emmi De Jesus as Miss Universe beauties pay today a courtesy visit to President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacanang and as women worldwide rise up against new US President Donald Trump.

Women’s partylist group Gabriela joined protests today at the US embassy in Manila to mark the inauguration of US President-elect Donald Trump. Filipino women reiterated their rejection of US-imposed neoliberal policies and military intervention in the country.

“There can be no justice for massacred farmers unless genuine land reform as embodied in the National Democratic Front’s draft agreement on Socio-Economic reforms is realized.”

Thus said the Gabriela Women’s Party as they marched with peasant organizations today to commemorate the 30th year of the Mendiola Massacre that killed 13 farmer-protesters calling for genuine land reform under the administration of then President Corazon Aquino.

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.