05 May 2014 - Members of the women’s partylist group Gabriela joined protests against moves to amend the Constitution as Congress resumes session today. Protesters warned against making the Constitution conform to the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA).
02 May 2014 - Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Luzviminda Ilagan belied today President Aquino’s claims that fewer Filipinos now live below the poverty line. “These are claims based on the government’s devious statistical manipulation. More Filipinos are poorer, hungrier than ever and the Aquino government is out to make this worse by pursuing Charter Change.”
According to Ilagan, Aquino’s Labor Day claim of poverty alleviation is based on revised methodologies in measuring poverty threshold.
01 May 2014 - On Labor Day, Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Luzviminda Ilagan warned President Aquino and his allies in Congress against pursuing Charter Change saying this could take the workers’ plight and the country’s unemployment situation from bad to worse.
26 November 2013 - As the House of Representatives Committee on Constitutional Amendments tackled today in its agenda various resolutions on Charter Change, Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Luzviminda Ilagan delivered her sponsorship speech for House Resolution 54: A Resolution Opposing Renewed Congressional Initiatives On Charter Change and Urging Members of the House of Representatives to Reject Such Initiatives Proposing Changes to Our Constitution that are Detrimental to the Welfare and Interests of the Majority of the Filipino People.
Gabriela Women's Party (GWP) raised a howl on Speaker Gloria Arroyo's "self-serving" draft Charter under Resolution of Both Houses (RBH) No. 15, which breezed the committee stage and was sneaked into the plenary on Monday.
"Speaker Arroyo's bid to lift term limits as contained in her draft Charter serves her ambition to perpetuate herself in power and be chosen as President in a no-elections scenario. This is a vulgar and self-serving ploy to continue her unfinished Chacha bid almost a decade ago,” said Gabriela Rep. Emmi de Jesus.
8 June 2015 - On the 14th anniversary of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (RA 9136), consumer advocates in Congress revive their calls to repeal the law that broke all its pledges to foster market competition that will produce cheap power.
21 January 2015 - Raising questions at the plenary debate in Congress yesterday, Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Luzviminda Ilagan said it would be imprudent, injudicious and extremely dangerous for the current Congress to discuss Charter Change in its general terms without specifically identifying which provisions, economic or otherwise, would be open for amendments.
21 October 2011 - As the peasants do their version of ‘Occupy Mendiola’ today, Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Emmi De Jesus expressed alarm that rural women's lives will worsen if the move for Charter Change pushes through. “Ngayon pa lang ay matindi nang kagutuman at kahirapan ang nararanasan ng mga magbubukid, ano pang uri ng pagsasamantala ang daranasin nila kapag ibinuyangyang na sa mga dayuhang mamumuhunan ang pagmamay-ari sa mga lupa at industriya ng bansa?”
17 Setyembre 2014 - Matinding tinutulan ni Gabriela Women's Party Congresswoman Emmi De Jesus ang mga panukalang magbigay ang Kongreso ng emergency powers na hinihiling ni Pangulong BS Aquino dahil ito ang magbubukas na mas marami pang pagkakataon sa abusadong paggamit ng kapangyarihang estado.
"Bakit kailangan pang bigyan ng emergency powers si Aquino gayong siya mismo ang naging sanhi ng krisis sa kuryente dahil sa apat na taon ng kapabayaan sa pagkumpuni sa mga planta, at mabilis na pagsasapribado ng natitirang power assets ng gobyerno?" tanong ni De Jesus.
15 September 2014 - "Hindi na nakakatuwa ang pabago-bagong postura ni Pangulong Aquino sa usapin ng kanyang term extension. Dramang jele jele bago quiere ang lahat. Kunwari ayaw, pero kabig naman ng dibdib ang itinutulak ng kanyang bibig."
Rep. Emmi De Jesus of the Gabriela Women's Party said this after last Friday's gathering of administration allies in Malacañang where the President said, “I know that the 2016 elections are already on the minds of some. Indeed, the time will soon come when the straight path will choose a new candidate. I hope it isn’t me.”