DUTERTE’S RAPE REMARKS CALL FOR OUSTER

IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 12, 2019
Contact: Irma Shauf-Bajar, National Chairperson, gabrielawomen@gmail.com

GABRIELA USA demands the ousting of President Rodrigo Duterte because of his abhorrent remarks on the rape of Overseas Filipino Workers(OFWs). Since the beginning of his presidency, he has made it clear that he does not respect the rights and bodies of women. His words and actions have ranged from kissing a woman without her consent on television, telling soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines they may rape women, instructing AFP soldiers to shoot women fighters of the New People’s Army in the vagina, and going as far as to blame women and their beauty for rape.

“Duterte’s recent remarks on the rape of OFWs show an attitude that is inimical to the welfare and lives of Filipino migrant women workers,” GABRIELA Philippines posted on their Facebook page, “He blatantly disregards the reasons why his countrymen opt to work abroad: extreme poverty and lack of job opportunities in the country, which he fails to address. How can OFW women now expect the Philippine government to protect and defend them from rape and sexual abuse in host countries when the President himself has already justified rape as a cultural practice?”

Although Duterte assumed his presidency on the platform of being for the people and promising to help OFWs, his administration has been noticeably absent in advocating for OFW women like Mary Jane Veloso who was implicated in a drug trafficking case in Indonesia and put on death row. International outcry and strong organizing efforts by National Democratic organizations won a reprieve from Veloso getting executed, yet she remains imprisoned on death row in Indonesia, separated from her son.

The Duterte Regime continues to pass policies that only intensify the struggle of poor and working Filipinos who are forced to migrate to provide for their families. Examples include Duterte’s TRAIN law which exacerbates the chronic contractualization leaving workers with low wages and no benefits, in the face of rising prices of basic needs like food and housing. The Build Build Build program hires contractors from outside the Philippines rather than employing people actively searching for jobs within the country.

Duterte’s bloody drug war results in OFW mothers–who went abroad to support their children–coming home to their children in coffins.

“It’s been two years too long, with thousands of lives brutally killed under this presidency,” said Shauf-Bajar. “A president who engages in and permits violence against women, is no president at all. The women and workers of the Philippines deserve better and GABRIELA USA calls for the ousting of President Rodrigo Duterte.”

End Violence Against Women!

#LabananAngAbuso
#OUSTDUTERTE
#RiseResistUnite

Source: Inquirer Rape Comes With Territory for Filipino Workers Abroad

GABRIELA USA says #BelieveSurvivors and RISE, RESIST and UNITE against Macho-Fascists Duterte, Trump, and Kavanaugh!

For Immediate Release
September 28, 2018
Reference: Irma Shauf-Bajar, Chairperson, gabrielawomen@gmail.com

GABRIELA USA says #BelieveSurvivors and RISE, RESIST and UNITE against Macho-Fascists Duterte, Trump, and Kavanaugh!

 

GABRIELA USA is in solidarity with survivors speaking out against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. This week Dr. Christine Blasey Ford faces the accused Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh to testify under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee of the United States. Kavanaugh faces allegations of sexual misconduct including accusations of attempted rape and repeated sexual assault. As Filipino women with the most anti-women and macho-fascist president in Philippine History, we unite against macho-fascism through the #BabaeAko #LalabanAko (tagalog for I Am Woman, I Will Fight) campaign. We support all oppressed women and their communities who resist the continuing macho-fascist regimes of Duterte and Trump, which includes their cronies who allow their anti-people, anti-women, and fascist policies to continue. We urge women and all people to RISE, RESIST, and UNITE against macho-fascists Duterte and Trump, and against those like Kavanaugh who serve to uphold the macho-fascists in power.  

 

GABRIELA Washington, D.C. Resists Duterte’s Machismo-Fascist Dictatorship! Never Again, Never Again, Never Again to Martial Law!

For Immediate Release:
September 25, 2018
GABRIELA Washington, D.C. Resists Duterte’s Machismo-Fascist Dictatorship! Never Again, Never Again, Never Again to Martial Law!
Contact: Ayah Manalastas, General-Secretary, ayah@gabrieladc.org

In remembering Martial Law under Marcos’ regime, GABRIELA Washington, D.C. remembers the role of women in the struggle for national democracy. During Marcos’ regime, women were arrested, tortured, and killed, especially student activists, peasant women, urban poor women, and women who chose to rise against fascism and tyranny. Today women in the Philippines and in the U.S. continue to rise, resist, and unite against Duterte’s fascist dictatorship.

Under his current regime women’s political, social, economic, and cultural rights have consistently been violated and women remain under attack. In the countryside women farmers and their families fear losing their lands, which are being threatened by state military that are supported by U.S. military assistance to the Philippines. In the urban area, women workers with the Nagkakaisang Manggagawa ng Nutriasia Marilao experienced violent dispersals as the company’s management is backed by Philippine National police (PNP). Women have also lost their children and spouses in the Duterte’s War on Drugs, or Oplan Tokhang. Additionally, with the high inflation in the economy and the increase of prices of basic commodities, women and families are feeling the burden of the tax reform, or TRAIN, laws being implemented under Duterte. These are some of the overall impacts of Duterte’s repressive regime on women.

Duterte’s ongoing remarks regarding women, especially his recent jokes about rape, continue to dehumanize women. As quoted in the recent New York Time article he stated, “They said there are many rape cases in Davao,” the president said. “As long as there are many beautiful women, there will be more rape cases.” These remarks are blatant attacks on our women, and further create a culture of impunity and excuse perpetrators committing such crimes, and only to encourage violence against women. Duterte has only put more women in danger with his remarks and attitude, because they further reinforce a feudal-patriarchal culture in Philippine society. When attacks on women become part of mainstream life, it affirms systemic oppression of women and children, making us and our communities more vulnerable to exploitation and abuse in our home country and abroad.

With these conditions and attacks and as GABRIELA women, we say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! We stand with MALAYA Movement and our communities represented here today in Washington, D.C. to resist and bring down this repressive, macho-fascist regime! We affirm our commitment to organize and mobilize for national democracy, and true liberation of our women, of all Filipinos, and our motherland.

GABRIELA USA Calls for Urgent Relief Aid for Survivors of Typhoon Mangkhut

GABRIELA USA calls on community support and stands ready to coordinate relief efforts for the victims of Typhoon Mangkhut (Ompong) in the Philippines. Super Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall as a super typhoon in the Philippines on September 15, drenching the country’s main northern island of Luzon.

 

At least 95 people have died and more than 4 million Filipinos have been affected, half of whom are children. Many are still missing from a devastating landslide, and the death toll will only continue to rise.

 

GABRIELA-USA turns to our community members and organizations in the U.S. for support in providing relief to displaced families in the Philippines. Our reliable and reputable partner organizations have long-standing history in serving the communities mostly affected by disasters, both natural and those aggravated by government plunder. During this heightened macho-fascist regime of Duterte, we rely on our networks of community health workers, social workers, organizers and volunteers to provide swift response to the needs of Filipinos in the Northern Philippines.   

 

How to Donate:

To ensure aid reaches the Philippines as fast as possible, GABRIELA USA is collecting and remitting monetary donations in partnership with Lingap GABRIELA, the relief project of GABRIELA Philippines. Your donations will go quickly and directly to the communities adversely affected by the typhoon.  

 

You can send monetary donations to GABRIELA USA the following ways (with note, “Typhoon Mangkhut Relief donation”):

  • Venmo @gabrielausa
  • To your local GABRIELA organization and chapter organizing committees
  • By check, payable to GABRIELA USA, mail to Precious Arney, 1033 S. 112th Street, Burien, WA 98168

 

Maraming Salamat in your continued support and rebuilding of Filipino Communities in Northern Luzon.