Women workers to do ‘Senate housekeeping for RH’
Women members of the Partido ng Manggagawa held a picket-rally at the Senate of the Philippines this morning. PM was joined by women from other groups such the FDC Women’s Committee, Piglas Kababaihan, DAMPA and the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP).
The picket-rally aims to push anti-RH bill Senators to stop filibustering and pass the RH bill before Congress 3rd Regular Session. Women workers brought with them them plungers (pambomba ng toilet bowl) to unclog the Senate with the likes of Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Tito Sotto who are preventing the immediate passage of the bill. With the faces of the two senators, women will carry the slogan, “May mga bara sa RH, hindi kami happy!”
“The actions of Senators Enrile and Sotto are anti-poor and anti-women. Women workers have been enduring hardships, the passage of the RH bill would have provided great relief. After more than a decade, we are almost at the finish line. But Senators Enrile and Sotto are preventing us from crossing that line. We are not happy,” declared PM Secretary General Judy Ann Miranda.
Ms. Miranda explained that PM members in Negros Occidental are hopeful. Earning a meager P90 a day prevents them from exercising their rights to RH services and commodities. “Ang RH bill ay hindi para sa gaya nilang mga mayayamang senador. Ang RH bill ay para sa aming mahihirap na hindi kumakasya ang kita, na sa pagkain pa lang ay kulang na. Iginigiit nila ang kanilang gusto, paano naman kami?” added the PM secretary general.
PM also said that latest reports have shown the increase in underemployment, prices of basic commodities and social services. Women workers are distressed and all Enrile and Sotto could do is filibuster. “We will not relent, we will not stop until the RH bill is passed, we have come this far, we cannot just give up,” ended Ms. Miranda.
Partido ng Manggagawa (PM)
19 September 2012
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