31August2016--- Gabriela Women's Party was accompanied today by solo parents and heads of households in filing a bill which will expand mandated benefits from the Solo Parents' Welfare Act, add safeguards from abusive availments and give a more defined focus on poor and more deserving households. The measure is primarily authored by Representatives Arlene Brosas and Emmi De Jesus of Gabriela and other progressive legislators under the Makabayan coalition.

Gabriela Women’s Party today expressed hopes that the advance in peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the national Democratic Front will soon translate to the release of more than 500 political prisoners in the country including and especially women, the sick and the elderly.

Gabriela solon and child rights advocate Arlene Brosas today said unless the frenzy of summary executions and vigilante killings are addressed seriously, more children, minors will become collateral damage in the anti-drug campaign.

“Nakakapanlambot, nakakagalit na makita ang larawan ng isang limang taong gulang na batang babae na nawalan ng buhay sa gitna ng nagpapatuloy at tumitinding mga operasyon—lehitimo man o hindi laban sa iligal na droga. Dapat matigil ang mga pagpaslang. Let Danica May be the last child to die.”

24 August 2016 - In support of the bold initiatives of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte to reopen peace negotiations between the government of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, women legislators led by the Gabriela Women’s Party gathered in a photo exhibit “Women Want Peace” at the House of Representatives.

23 August 2016 - The Gabriela Women's Party said that the Supreme Court's reported issuance of a status quo ante order staying the scheduled burial of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani for the next 20 days is a welcome development.

23AUGUST2016 -- Wary of funding rights violations that could target poor communities and victimize children Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Arlene Brosas is awaiting government response on details of the peace and order agenda in the 2017 budget.

23AUGUST2016-- Women’s partylist group Gabriela today echoed calls for the immediate release of Amelia Pond, regional coordinator of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines and a Lumad school educator who was arrested in Cebu City last August 19.

22 August 2016 - As the executive agencies of the Development Budget Coordination Committee face the first day of grilling by the House Committee on Appropriations, the Gabriela Women’s Party found the 2017 budget submitted by the Duterte administration to be short on tangible workplans for eradicating or significantly reducing poverty, an objective that formed the core message of Duterte's presidential campaign.

Personal and Collective Privilege Speech
Rep. Emmi De Jesus
Gabriela Women’s Party
22 August 2016

I rise today on a personal and collective privilege to search for definite answers to a puzzling problem causing distress to the Filipino consumers including this representation.