“President Aquino outdid himself. If last year’s State of the Nation Address was riddled with lies, this year’s speech had no grain of truth or even an iota of it. The dire state of the majority of the 100M Filipinos was disregarded. The obvious and abject poverty of our people was deliberately ignored and deleted from the SONA.”
Party-list Gabriela Women’s Party (GWP) described the state of women under Duterte as being whacked by the double whammy of the continuation of neoliberal or pro-business policies and the rising tide of fascism especially with the looming extension of martial law in Mindanao. “One year has lapsed under President Duterte and yet neoliberal policies, such as contractualization, remain in full swing and women remain victims of rights violations by the AFP and the PNP,” said GWP Rep.
Alarmed at the proliferation of temporary workers and the abuse their rights in both line agencies and local governments, the Gabriela Women’s Party again called on the Aquino administration to speed up the passage of the Regular Employment Bill (House Bill 4396) in Congress before his term ends.“Nahusgahan nang huwad ang Matuwid na Daan, pawang ilusyon lang ang inclusive growth at ang pinagmamalaking pagpasok ng speculative investments sa bansa ay walang saysay sa masang naghihirap.
27 July 2015 - Members of women’s partylist group Gabriela from various communities in Metro Manila, Southern Tagalog and Central Luzon took part in protests today braving razor wire barricades and menacingly armed police and army minions blocking the road towards the House of Representatives to roundly dismiss the final State of the Nation Address or SONA of President BS Aquino. Women dubbed Aquino “Pinaka-Masahol” and placed him in the ranks of the worst leaders the country ever had.
28 July 2014 - The two Gabriela Women’s Party (GWP) representatives joined the other Makabayan solons, all dressed in peach (alluding to impeach) with black ribbons on their arms, in a walk out while President BS Aquino was to deliver his State of the Nation Address before the joint session of Congress.
28 July 2014 - Women from all sectors of society went out of their communities today and poured into roads leading to the yearly State of the Nation Address (SONA), with a demand for President Aquino to face up for his four-year record of failures and neglect of the women’s welfare.
As president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo delivered her 9th State of the Nation Address, lady politicians dressed not only to impress, but to make political statements in style. Gabriela party-list Rep. Liza Maza dared to grace the red carpet in a hand-painted Maria Clara dress made from flour sack.
"I am wearing the real state of the nation," she said.
Painted by visual artist and activist Boy Dominguez, Maza's gown depicted Arroyo as a floating maiden who drags a roll of paper (that appears to be the constitution) with the tag 'Con-ass' on it.
“The bitchiest SONA ever,” is a general, if somewhat cheeky assessment of Monday’s State of the Nation Address, which is expected to be the last of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s 9-year term.
Pero ang pinaka-bonggang bongga talaga kahapon ay si Representative Lisa Maza dahil nasapawan niya ang mga naggagandahang gowns ng mga senadora. Bakit kamo? Kasi, she was a show-stopper with her mocking hand painted image of the President! Hmmm, buti hindi siya pinalabas ng Batasang Pambansa ano?
MANILA, Philippines—Rain soaked a 12-foot effigy of a decaying President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on a full-steam bulldozer running over the Constitution, but militants nonetheless sent the protest centerpiece up in flames on Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City, before the start of her State of the Nation Address (SONA).