Organizing the People’s Action for Health and Human Rights

For Immediate Release

March 20, 2020

Contact: Irma Shauf-Bajar, National Chairperson,


Organizing the People’s Action for Health and Human Rights

 GABRIELA USA joins the fight against inept government response in the time of COVID-19 


During this time of ever growing cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), GABRIELA USA joins the global community in calling for continual organizing and the assertion of the people’s need for free and accessible healthcare as a basic human right. As COVID-19 grips communities in the Philippines and around the world, we will continue to see the heightening contradictions of Imperialism, revealing the cracks in both Philippine and US systems that do not serve the people. We see these systems that prioritize profit and the militarization and criminalization of communities, instead of systems that ensure the well being of the people and protect their overall basic human rights. 


In the US Filipinos remain in the frontline of the pandemic as medical staff, nurses, caregivers, grocery store workers, food service workers, delivery drivers, and seafarers who continue their work, in what have been deemed essential industries. For poor and working class Filipinos, like the rest of the working class in the US, cuts in work hours and the lack of a financial safety net from Trump’s administration during the pandemic has made poor families vulnerable to evictions and utility shut offs. Meanwhile the US government has prioritized the bailing out of Wall Street with $1.5 trillion injected into the financial system.


In the Philippines the Duterte regime focuses on further militarization rather than providing adequate medical solutions to control the spread of COVID-19 and protecting public health. Enhanced Community Quarantine began in Metro Manila, and now extends for all of Luzon, restricting travel in and out of the area from March 15 until April 14 but also prohibiting mass gatherings during the period. The Duterte regime has militarized the lockdown by deploying 40,000 armed military and police across the National Capital Region and in other provinces to enforce checkpoints. 


No action has been taken by the Philippine government to address continuing problems with the provision of water to communities throughout Metro Manila, increasing the likelihood of the spread of the virus amongst poor communities who cannot wash their hands frequently, due to lack of access to water. Supplies needed for public protection (such disinfectants) also have not been distributed. 


Duterte’s regime has failed in not providing timely and accurate information to the public on how to combat COVID-19. Duterte has not ensured the allocation of enough resources to provide widespread free testing and monitoring, nor has he secured sufficient basic supplies such as N95 facemasks and other personal protective equipment needed to protect healthcare workers on the frontlines serving those infected. The Duterte regime also has not created systems to safely quarantine and treat infected persons in facilities. The dire healthcare situation in the Philippines reflects the slashes made in the national budget, by Duterte, that reduced state funding for healthcare infrastructure, which is desperately needed to curb the spread of COVID-19.  


Under Duterte’s Enhanced Community Quarantine, many workplaces have either laid off workers or decreased their hours. Duterte has locked down Metro Manila without putting in place protections for workers to maintain their livelihoods and has offered no financial assistance for workers’ lost wages. Without assistance from Duterte’s government, Filipino workers face an additional health crisis as they fight off hunger and struggle to feed their families with shrinking incomes or with no work. 


The Duterte regime has imposed its militarized Enhanced Community Quarantine supposedly to address the spread of COVID-19, but has instead used the lockdown to press down further on democratic rights and unleash more fascism on the people.  Duterte claims that the lockdown is not martial law but the armored police and military he has deployed threaten and harass the people and have created more fear and panic. GABRIELA USA denounces all attempts of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police to use COVID-19 and the declaration of Enhanced Community Quarantine as a cover to justify human rights violations against activists and others speaking out against Duterte’s anti-people policies.


The fight against COVID-19 in the Philippines should be handled through providing medical and social services by civilian authorities, such as public health experts and healthcare workers, and not by fear mongering and intimidation by military and police forces. Instead of a militarized lockdown Duterte’s regime should provide a comprehensive response to combat the spread of COVID-19. We reiterate GABRIELA’s calls to address the demands of the people:


  • Free medical testing services in every barangay instead of police and military presence in our communities
  • Immediate re-alignment of the P27.1-billion national spending budget, and if still necessary, the President Duterte’s P4.5 billion confidential and intelligence funds for COVID-19 prevention, monitoring, testing and treatment
  • Free distribution of health kits in every barangay: face masks, alcohol, vitamin C, and massive information drive on how to deal with COVID-19, not warnings and threats of arrests
  • Concrete alternative solutions and government assistance package for all affected workers
  • Strict regulation of prices especially for our basic needs
  • 24/7 uninterrupted supply of running and clean water for every household and suspension of any water rate hike
  • Adequate government support for our local scientists and frontline health workers


Filipino women remain on the frontline, both in workplaces and at home, in crucial positions that impact the health of our community, families and children. GABRIELA USA takes seriously the recommendations and health precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19.  GABRIELA USA calls on members and supporters to organize a collective people’s response to protect against the spread of the virus, and also to protect the most marginalized of our societies–workers who continue to provide necessary services and goods despite risks posed by COVID-19, the poor, the sick and vulnerable. In the face of the failing systems in the US and the Philippines, let us advance with determination and decisiveness the people’s movement, to defend our communities. Now more than ever let us unite collectively to defend not only against COVID-19, but also to fight for the peoples’ right to livelihood, a free and accessible healthcare system for all, and freedom from militarization and repression! 


Proteksyon sa kalusugan at kabuhayan! (Protection for health and livelihood!)

Solusyong medikal, hindi aksyong militar! (Medical solutions, not military action!)



For Immediate Release

March 10, 2020

Contact: Irma Shauf-Bajar, National Chairperson,




GABRIELA USA’s members joined twenty-five thousand women in the Philippines and women around the globe to demand land, jobs, and rights on March 8, International Working Women’s Day (IWWD). From Palestine to Mexico, from India to Chile, women human rights defenders came out in full force on IWWD to demand their governments be held accountable for the ongoing violence against women and uphold their human rights. As GABRIELA USA, we marched in solidarity alongside working women, Trans and gender non conforming communities on March 8 around the world, and we will continue the call to defend Filipino women in the Philippines, in the US, and globally. 


“The culminating activity shows our vision of Inang Bayan’s freedom from oppression. We face many challenges today but we will persevere until we realize a society where equality, social justice, and real democracy reign. As always, women will be part of making such society possible,” said Joms Salvador, Secretary General, GABRIELA, of their mass actions in the Philippines on IWWD.


Under Philippine President Duterte, Filipino women and their families continue to suffer job insecurity and unemployment, rising costs of basic goods and services, land grabbing and displacement. Due to Duterte’s anti-people economic policies,16 million FIlipino women are economically insecure and struggle to survive and meet the needs of their families. Duterte’s administration has failed to create jobs in the country, causing more than 6,000 Filipinos to migrate abroad everyday for work, majority of whom are women. 


With the alarming number of human rights abuses perpetrated by an increasingly militarized state in the Philippines, GABRIELA USA members joined in solidarity with other women’s organizations across the US to oppose US militarism and the increased violence wrought against women, children, and their communities around the world with the presence of US troops. A month ago, the Philippine government sent a notice for termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) to the United States. But since then, Duterte’s administration and the United States have been in talks to create a new defense agreement, similar to the VFA.


“Filipino women demand that the Duterte’s administration follow through not just with ending the VFA, but with terminating all unequal military agreements like the Mutual Defense Treaty and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement. These agreements allow US troops to commit rape and other violence against Filipina women and children with impunity, and the agreements violate the sovereignty of the Philippinse. There can be no substantial change until we end all unequal military agreements, and GABRIELA USA will continue to fight until we achieve that,” stated Irma Shauf-Bajar, Chairperson, GABRIELA USA.


GABRIELA USA will continue to build our collective resistance and power alongside our allies and comrades in the struggle against US intervention, with our sisters from Palestine, Brazil, and Ecuador. We link in struggle against the disappearance and repression of human rights activists in Mexico and Honduras. In the US, we rise alongside working class women and TGNC communities fighting for basic human rights, fair and affordable housing, and the end to state sanctioned violence by means of extrajudicial killings of working class women. We honor the thousands of women who boldly put their bodies on the line during the 1908 factory strike that led to the establishment of International Working Women’s Day and we are committed in continuing to build and advance the global anti-imperialist women’s movement!







GABRIELA USA condemns the issuing of warrants of arrest  and criminal accusations  on GABRIELA National Executive Committee members, Joms Salvador and Gert Libang, and leaders of Karapatan and Rural Missionaries of the Philippines made by General Hermogenes Esperon. 

They posted bail five days before the global commemoration of International Women’s Day on March 8, when women the world over take the stage of resistance to demand rights and liberation for toiling women. 

“This is entirely why women continue to fight, despite repression and attacks, because we have the right to speak and tell the truth, and no one, not even macho-fascist leaders should be allowed to wrest that right away from us.

In defense of Filipino women and in defense of our right to speak truth to power, we rise and stand our ground,” Joms Salvador, GABRIELA

#HandsOffWomen #DefendFilipinoWomen #DefendGabriela #IWD2020

GABRIELA USA to PNP: Release Cora Agovida and Mickael Tan Bartolome! Drop the Trumped Up Charges! DEFEND THE DEFENDERS!

For Immediate Release

Oct 31, 2019

Contact: Irma Shauf-Bajar, National Chairperson,



Release Cora Agovida and  Mickael Tan Bartolome! Drop the Trumped Up Charges!



As Pilipino American History Month comes to a close in the U.S., alarming news about more heinous attacks on human rights defenders in the Philippines broke the news this morning. GABRIELA USA condemns these ongoing attacks under the Duterte government.

The offices of Bayan Muna Partylist, the National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW), and Gabriela in Bacolod, Negros Occidental were simultaneously raided in the dead of the night, along with the private residence of Bayan Muna Partylist’s Romulo Bito-on and his wife Mermalyn. In total, 62 people were arrested and are being branded as “communist rebels”, including 6 minors that the Philippine National Police (PNP) claims they “rescued” during the raid. During the invasion of the offices, state forces were carrying long firearms, which terrified and traumatized young children who were present at Gabriela’s office. 


Several firearms and grenades were reportedly “recovered,” and among those arrested at the Gabriela office was Anne Krueger of the newly established alternative media outfit Paghimutad, which has been covering social issues, including extrajudicial killings and other human rights abuses. 


These raids come on the heels of the illegal arrest of Cora Agovida, the Metro Manila chairperson of Gabriela, and her husband Mickael Tan Bartolome of the urban poor group Kadamay earlier that day. The PNP claims that a .45 caliber pistol and two grenades were seized from their home during the arrest. 

These arrests were conducted right before a three day holiday weekend in the Philippines, clearly a tactic to bar due process since the courts will be closed and legal support for all the victims of the arrests will be delayed. 


Nobody is safe from Duterte’s tyranny. Activists, journalists, progressive legislators, farmers, and even children are all targets of repression. Evidence is planted, legal organizations are branded as communist fronts, and workplaces and homes of civilians are forcefully invaded. This onslaught of intimidation and attacks is a part of the all-out crackdown on human rights defenders and government critics  under Duterte’s Oplan Kapanatagan (Operation Stability). 


As Piipino American History month concludes, let us best celebrate by honoring the Filipino people’s long history of resistance to foreign invasion, occupation, colonial rule, dictatorship, and authoritarianism. This resistance continues under the executive abuse of power by the Duterte government to silence its critics and eliminate our hard-won democracy. Let us call for an end to the state crackdown on those who speak out against tyranny and repression, against extrajudicial killings and abuse of power in the halls of Malacanang.


With the Philippines as the largest recipient of US military aid in the Asia-Pacific region, GABRIELA USA calls on its members and supporters in the US to join us in the campaign to stop the flow of US tax dollars to the Philippine government that are linked to these state-sponsored human rights abuses. 


GABRIELA USA plans to mobilize in actions jointly with BAYAN USA starting on Sunday November 3rd and we urge all organizations and individuals to join us in indignation against the fascist Duterte regime and in solidarity with all human rights defenders in the Philippines!










For Immediate Release

July 23, 2019

Contact: Irma Shauf-Bajar, National Chairperson,




GABRIELA USA condemns the assault and harassment of GABRIELA USA and BAYAN USA members by the hosts and participants of the Mindanao Indigenous Peoples Council of Elders (MIPCEL) Duterte backed tour in the US. Concerned Filipinos and allies disrupted the MIPCEL event in Arlington, Virginia to expose the truth that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Duterte government are primarily responsible for the mass killings and displacement of Lumad people, and these touring “leaders” are in fact members of the AFP, paramilitary forces, are Lumad sell outs and have become traitors to the Lumad communities they claim to represent.


On July 22nd, 50 concerned Filipinos and allies from around the US participated in the direct action to protest the lies presented by the representatives of the MIPCEL Duterte backed tour. Protesters walked into the event venue with taped mouths and holding signs. The MIPCEL representatives and attendees reacted violently, and physically assaulted several protestors including grabbing two women’s breasts. Protesters removed their taped mouths and chanted “AFP-MIPCEL, STOP LUMAD KILLINGS! SAVE OUR SCHOOLS!” This comes a week after protesters, including GABRIELA members, were aggressively grabbed and physically dragged out of the MIPCEL Duterte backed tour stop at the Los Angeles consulate on July 15th.


GABRIELA USA members have consistently participated in integrations with Lumad communities and the Lumad community schools. Children’s access to education is a human right and an important pillar in any community, especially for the Lumad whose ancestral lands are constantly threatened by the presence of foreign mining corporations, the AFP, and paramilitary groups like ALAMARA who are responsible for the series of deaths of Lumad people and Lumad leaders. It is important for Lumad community schools like Alcadev, MISFI Academy, and the Salugpungan Ta’ Tanu Igkanogon Community Learning Centers to teach literacy to their students, especially as groups like MIPCEL serve as contract negotiators between indigenous tribes and private business, deceiving Lumad into signing away ancestral land.  


GABRIELA USA condemns these attacks on our women who have put their bodies on the line to expose and oppose the MIPCEL as agents of the AFP and traitors to the lumad communities whose schools are occupied and shut down by military forces and by the Duterte government’s Department of Education. We continue to support the Lumad community schools like Alcadev, MISFI Academy, Salugpungan Ta’ Tanu Igkanogon Community Learning Centers, their communities, students, and teachers. 






GABRIELA USA Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion

GABRIELA USA Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion 

June 28, 2019
Reference: Irma Shauf-Bajar, National Chairperson, GABRIELA USA,

Art by Cathy Dumaauurgh

Members of GABRIELA USA commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion. We march in solidarity with trans and gender non conforming people of color who have suffered at the hands of state violence, police brutality and the prison industrial complex, to U.S. militarization abroad. We are in solidarity with all queer and trans folks who continue to struggle against various forms of violence including the continued deportation of thousands of im/migrants by President Trump.  

The LGBTQGNC community continue to be victimized against their rights to regular jobs, decent wages, and access to basic health and social services. Apart from these, the oppression of patriarchy continues to make vulnerable hate crimes, sexual assault and rape, arbitrary detention, denial of employment and education opportunities, and serious discrimination in relation to the enjoyment of other human rights. Today, eighty (80) countries still criminalize consensual same-sex relations or discussion of LGBTQ rights, and punishments include prison sentences, flogging, and even the death penalty. Much of the laws that criminalize LGBTQGNC people are a legacy of centuries-old Western colonization and imperialism.

We recognize the links between state violence against LGBTQGNC people within the U.S. and U.S. militarization globally, which perpetuate a culture of violence targeting queer, trans, gender non-conforming, and people of color. 

We call on our Filipino people in the U.S., along with other im/migrant and LGBTQGNC communities to join us to continue to fight and defend our right to live in dignity, free from all forms of violence and repression, because the the Stonewall Rebellion is not over until all marginalized sectors of the Trans, Queer and GNC community, working class im/migrants, women, youth and people of color have justice and are liberated.  We see the liberation of all LGBTQGNC as integral to the liberation of all oppressed people.

Let us RISE against homophobia, transmisogyny and violence against women, RESIST US militarization, and UNITE for genine liberation, safety, and self-determination!

End Violence Against Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People! Justice for All Victims of Transphobia, Militarization, and State Violence!

Support Black trans women and trans migrants! No to Deportation! Legalization for All!


January 12, 2019
Contact: Irma Shauf-Bajar, National Chairperson,

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!


Source: Inquirer Rape Comes With Territory for Filipino Workers Abroad

GABRIELA USA Commemorates Jennifer Laude’s Death Anniversary With Nationwide Screenings of “Call Her Ganda,” Calls On Filipino Americans to Resist Duterte and U.S. Military Occupation


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Contact: Irma Shauf-Bajar, National Chairperson,


GABRIELA USA Commemorates Jennifer Laude’s Death Anniversary With Nationwide Screenings of “Call Her Ganda,” Calls On Filipino Americans to Resist Duterte and U.S. Military Occupation

Community Screening in Los Angeles, California


U.S.A. — On October 11th, the four year anniversary of Jennifer Laude’s death, GABRIELA USA held screenings and discussions of PJ Raval’s documentary, Call Her Ganda, in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Oakland, and Seattle. The screenings were part of GABRIELA USA’s larger campaign: RISE Against Fascism, RESIST Militarization, UNITE for Self-Determination!


Jennifer Laude, 26-year-old Filipina trans woman murdered by US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton in Olongapo, Philippines, drew international attention to the unpopular occupation of the United States military and the epidemic of violence against women in the Philippines.


In the ensuing fight for justice for Jennifer Laude, GABRIELA USA exposes and condemns the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), a military pact that governs the entry and presence of American troops in Philippine territory. As seen in the case of Laude, the VFA works to grant US troops immunity from prosecution under Philippine law, enforce unequal relations between the US and Philippines, trample on Philippine sovereignty, and expand militarization to the detriment of human rights.


“We must rise against fascism, resist militarization, and unite for self-determination, especially in the face of deepening dictatorship under Duterte, whose fascist rule is funded directly by Trump’s pro-war, pro-occupation administration and $184.5 million in U.S. tax dollars,” says Irma Shauf-Bajar, Chairperson of GABRIELA USA. “The mass protests following Jennifer Laude’s brutal death and the high profile attempts by the United States military to circumvent the Philippine legal infrastructure on behalf of her murderer, Pemberton, are a reminder that the Filipino people, including Filipinos in the United States, must continue to fight tyranny, its foreign backers, and vile policies that allow for US occupation like the VFA.”


During the screenings, GABRIELA USA chapters held panel discussions to reflect on the film, Jennifer’s life, and justice for her murder as it relates to the roles the US government and Duterte’s dictatorship play in perpetuating violence in the Philippines.

Community Screening in New York City followed by panel discussion with director, PJ Raval
“It hurts still to think about Jennifer Laude, the rage and thought that she and many other Jennifers aren’t coming back to us,” said Jill Mangaliman, Gabriela Seattle member, after watching Call Her Ganda at the GABRIELA USA community screening. “We remember her murder at the hands of U.S corporal Scott Pemberton, her death which galvanized a movement for justice, for Trans rights, and to end the VFA and all forms of US imperialism in the Philippines. My heart breaks every time i see your face, sister Jennifer, but I remain determined.”
Community Screening in San Francisco

GABRIELA USA will continue to sponsor Call Her Ganda screenings and community forums nationwide to commemorate Jennifer Laude and demand for her justice. We invite our community to join us in fighting for Jennifer.

Upcoming screening includes:

October 17, Washington D.C. with Director, PJ Raval

November 20, Portland, Oregon on Trans Day of Resilience/Remembrance

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,

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!

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.