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[In the news] Women’s rights advocates slam Duterte ‘bragging’ about touching maid in his teens -ABS-CBN.com

Women’s rights advocates slam Duterte ‘bragging’ about touching maid in his teens

MANILA – It is disturbing and infuriating to hear President Rodrigo Duterte “brag” about attempting in his teen years to rape a housekeeper, women’s rights advocates said Sunday.

Duterte recounted in a speech how he confessed to a priest of the Catholic school he was attending, who would later “touch him,” that he went into a maid’s room while she was asleep and behaved inappropriately.

The statement about the “crime” as a young man is only the latest in Duterte’s “countless statements bragging about committing crimes against women and the people,” including goading soldiers to rape women in war-torn Marawi City to ordering the bombing and hamletting of lumad communities, said GABRIELA Secretary General Joms Salvador.

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[In the news] Buhay, A Teacher, Bayan Muna lead party-list race -INQUIRER.net

Buhay, A Teacher, Bayan Muna lead party-list race
By Jerome Aning
Philippine Daily Inquirer
May 21, 2013

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As the canvassing of votes for the party-list groups resumed, a poll watchdog on Monday called on the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to account for the 23.67 percent of election returns (ERs) that had not been electronically tabulated because of transmission glitches.

Purported technical gremlins halted the quick count conducted by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), as well as the canvassing of votes for the senatorial race, with the Comelec resorting to the use of the so-called “grouped canvass reports” to tally votes for senators instead of the official certificates of canvass (COCs).

As of noon, the partial unofficial count of party-list votes by the PPCRV and its media partners stood at 76.33 percent, or 59,665, of the 78,166 ERs nationwide, equivalent to about 31.6 million of 52.3 million registered voters.

The party-list groups in the top 10 were Buhay with 1,056,681 votes; A Teacher, 831,250; Bayan Muna, 784,040; 1-Care, 731,226; Akbayan, 680,159; AKB, 619,427; Gabriela, 597,959; OFW Family, 593,485; Abono, 584,088; and Senior Citizens, 552,709.

In a statement, the National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) said that as of Friday afternoon, the untransmitted ERs numbered 18,504, estimated to contain at least 8.5 million votes. The transmission problems affected the sending of COCs to the Comelec, which as of Friday had received only 117 out of 304 expected COCs.

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[In the news] Lawmakers: Pinays still poor, abused -PhilStar.com

Lawmakers: Pinays still poor, abused
By Paolo Romero, The Philippine Star
March 9, 2013

philstar-logo-white1MANILA, Philippines – Women lawmakers yesterday called on fellow Filipino women to assert their rights, saying many of them remain hungry, poor and abused under the Aquino administration.

Gabriela party-list Representatives Luzviminda Ilagan and Emmerenciana de Jesus issued the statement as their group marked International Women’s Day with protests nationwide to decry what they said was the unabated attacks on women’s economic and political rights.

“The situation of Filipino women has never been more burdened with poverty. The assault on our rights has gone from bad to worse under the policy direction of the Aquino administration,” Ilagan said.

“More women are going hungry, are without jobs or livelihood and are being deprived of much needed healthcare services,” she said. “Women do not feel even a pinch of the economic growth that President Aquino claims to have achieved for this country.”

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[In the news] Gabriela party-list files bill to penalize online exploitation of women | Sun.Star

Gabriela party-list files bill to penalize online exploitation of women | Sun.Star.
January 15, 2013

sunstar-network copyMANILA — Representatives of the women’s party-list group Gabriela filed on Tuesday a bill seeking to amend the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act to include the online exploitation of women.

Gabriela party-list Representatives Luzviminda Ilagan and Emmi de Jesus filed House Bill (HB) 6815, defining electronic violence against women (E-Vaw), providing protective measures and prescribing penalties therefore.

In the proposed bill, E-Vaw is defined as “any act or omission that involves the use or exploitation of information and communications technology (ICT) that causes or likely to cause mental, emotional or psychological distress or suffering to the victim.”

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[In the news] Court issues writ vs magnetite mining in Ilocos | BusinessWorld Online Edition

Court issues writ vs magnetite mining in Ilocos | BusinessWorld Online Edition.

May 15, 2012

THE SUPREME COURT (SC) has issued a writ of kalikasan (nature) directing mining firm Altamina Exploration and Resources, Inc., President Benigno S. C. Aquino III, and two others to reply to the petition filed by several lawmakers and local government officials seeking to stop the firm’s mining activities in Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte.

Promulgated by the full court on May 8, the writ ordered respondents Altamina; Mr. Aquino, as successor of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo; Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa, Jr., as successor of Leandro R. Mendoza; and Environment Secretary Ramon Jesus P. Paje “to make a verified return of the Writ of Kalikasan… within a non-extendible period of 10 days from receipt hereof.”

The high court issued the writ in favor of the petition for writ of kalikasan with temporary environmental protection order (TEPO) filed last May 4 by Senator Aquilino L. Pimentel III; party-list representatives Teodoro A. Casiño (Bayan Muna), Raymond V. Palatino (Kabataan), Antonio Tinio (ACT Teachers), Luzviminda C. Ilagan (Gabriela) and Emerenciana A. de Jesus (Gabriela); and several local government officials and residents.

The petitioners asked the court for a TEPO, or a stay order, on Altamina’s extraction of magnetite or black sand and other minerals in 9,588.24 hectares of land in the Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur, and Ilocos Norte, particularly in the municipalities of Santa Catalina and Vigan City.

They claimed that the mining operations “pose danger to the lives, health and property of the residents of Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, particularly the municipalities of Santa and Santa Catalina and the city of Vigan.”

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[In the news] Gabriela party-list lawmaker seeks protection of nurses from exploitation | Sun.Star

Gabriela party-list lawmaker seeks protection of nurses from exploitation | Sun.Star.

By Cheryl G. Cruz
February 2, 2012

GABRIELA party-list Representative Emmi de Jesus wants to put a stop to the reported unscrupulous practice of many hospitals, both public and private, of using volunteerism or on-the-job training to exploit nurses.

“Our nurses have been poorly compensated, overworked and threatened of their job security. It’s about time that we enact legislation that strongly signals the state policy on the protection of nurses and other health workers,” she stressed in House Bill 5641, which she principally authored, together with other sectoral lawmakers like Representatives Teddy Casiño and Neri Colmenares (Bayan Muna), Rafael Mariano (Anakpawis), Antonio Tinio (ACT Teachers) and Raymond Palatino (Kabataan).

Citing reports from the Philippine Nurses’ Association, the lawmaker said “both government public hospitals have been gaining profit in the form of exorbitant fees collected from nurses and also saving money by not hiring regular registered nurses.”

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[From the web] Ecological Restoration, Disaster Preparedness Urged- www.gabrielawomensparty.net

Ecological Restoration, Disaster Preparedness Urged

The Gabriela solon called on concerted efforts toward ecological restoration and disaster preparedness and urged President Aquino to order the immediate cancellation of all mining and logging operation permits in Mindanao and certify as urgent, HB5276 Mindanao River Systems Rehabilitation and Conservation Authority and HB4315 People’s Mining Bill.

“This disaster is a result not just of the wrath and rainfall of typhoon Sendong. This disaster should be seen in the context of environmental plunder and destruction and urgent government action towards the prevention of such disasters from happening again should be put in place. It is thus imperative that mining and logging operations which caused the erosion of loose soil, mud flows and flooding and the destruction of lives be halted immediately.”

Ilagan who authors HB4315 or the People’s Mining Bill also led militant solons and Mindanaoan legislators in pushing for HB5276 or the Mindanao River Systems Rehabilitation Center. Aside from Ilagan, Reps. Emmi de Jesus (Gabriela), Teddy Casino (Bayan Muna), Neri colmenares (Bayan Muna), Rafael Mariano (Anakpawis), Antonio Tinio (ACT Teachers’ Partylist) and Raymond Palatino (Kabataan) co-authored the measure.

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[In the news] Iloilo groups back RH bill | Sun.Star

Iloilo groups back RH bill | Sun.Star.

VARIOUS groups in the city and province of Iloilo declared their support to the immediate passage of the Reproductive Health (RH) bill now pending in Congress.

Government officials and employees, civil society groups, media and interfaith groups gathered for a day of the purple ribbon for RH to show their support for the bill at the Amigo Terrace Hotel.

The activity was spearheaded by the Commission on Population and some non-government organizations.

Iloilo first district Representative Janette L. Garin, one of the authors of the bill, said consolidated substitute bill 4244 comes from six House bills authored by Lower House legislators known as “An Act providing for a comprehensive policy on responsible parenthood, reproductive health and population and development and for other purposes.”

The House committee on population and family relations chaired by Biliran Representative Rogelio Espina has accepted the substitute bill referred by HB 96 introduced by Albay Representative Edcel Lagman, HB 101 of Garin, HB 513 of Akbayan Representatives Arlene Bag-ao and Walden Bello, HB 1520 of Iloilo second district Representative August Syjuco, and HB 3387 introduced by Gabriela Women’s Party Representatives Ilagan and Emmi De Jesus.

Garin also warned Ilonggos not to mind the threat of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on ex-communication and civil disobedience.

The CBCP has since denied the threats, saying it may have been just an opinion of some bishops and not a stand of the CBCP in general.

Garin also said her group is amenable to the idea of comprehensive discussions of the RH issue, and welcomes the participation of all pro and anti-RH individuals in one forum.

Hopefully, the consolidated House bill will have its day in Congress and be passed before the end of 2011, she said. (Lydia C. Pendon)

[In the news]120 congressmen now support RH bill, according to unofficial count – Interaksyon.com

120 congressmen now support RH bill, according to unofficial count – Interaksyon.com.

Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com

MANILA, Philippines — By an unofficial count of some neophyte members of the House of Representatives, 120 lawmakers now support the passage of the Reproductive Health (RH) bill.

In a news conference Wednesday, ACT Teachers partylist Representative Antonio Tinio said the 120 lawmakers, which include the 97 who were co-authors of the bill, are expected to increase as more get exposed to the issues behind the controversial measure during debates in plenary.

Some 90 lawmakers are opposed to the bill, while about 60 are still undecided, Tinio added.

The House has 284 members.  A majority vote is needed to pass the bill on second reading.

DIWA partylist Representative Emmeline Aglipay said that among the 140 neophytes, 20 have already firmed up their position to back the bill.

“As neophytes, we want to express out voices, too, in supporting the bill,” she said, adding they will participate in the deliberations in plenary when given the chance.

Manila Representative Sandy Ocampo said that lawmakers are discussing among themselves the bill and some are “convincing each other” to either support or junk the bill.

Gabriela partylist Representative Emmi de Jesus said the RH bill covers the advocacy of the group for women empowerment.

“Asserting women’s full access to reproductive health services and programs should not be reduced to just the issue of contraceptives. We need to focus on our universal respect for the human life. We need to ensure that the phenomenon of 11 women dying each day due to pregnancy-related causes will become a thing of the past. Indeed, we don’t want to be short of responsibility to our constituents,” she said.

Ifugao Representative Teodoro Baguilat Jr. said the passage of the bill would put in place a policy on a reproductive health and responsible parenthood that the country needs to address concerns on poverty and maternal health.

Plenary debates started Tuesday with at least 38 lawmakers opposed to the bill enlisting for interpellation.

Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC) partylist Representative Sherwin Tugna called on his colleagues to “stick only to secular issues and debate on empirical facts that can be analyzed and measured” so that the debates will have a conclusion.

“We have to reign the debates to stay on a reasonable level and avoid dragging God and the heavens into the issue,” he said. “Questions on the deliberation must be limited to secular questions, not on morals, beliefs and religion. Debates must be issue based and not on belief in God.”