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GABRIELA Women’s Party Representative Liza Largoza Maza today called on the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) to publish the list of names of governors who received the funds and how much each person received last October 11 in Malacanang.

“The League of Provinces of the Philippines owes it to the public and their constituents to publish an accounting of how much exactly were given to every single governor who received these so called financial assistance for capability building projects,” said Maza who noted that if this was a regular practice of the LPP, then a public accounting of the funds should also be in order.

“Since when has this been a practice of the LPP? Does the LPP have a system of reporting for the implementation of these capability building projects? What is the source of these funds, and if they were private donations, who are their donors?” asked Maza.

The GABRIELA solon said that “In the spirit of transparency and public accountability, the LPP should divulge the details of these funds. Unless a public accounting of these cash gifts has been given, we have every reason to believe that their owning up to the distribution of cash gifts is all hogwash and a big cover-up.” #

For Reference: REP. LIZA LARGOZA MAZA 0920-9134540; Jang Monte (Public Information Officer) 0915-6463009


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GABRIELA Women’s Party Representative Liza Largoza Maza expressed today her sympathy and condolences to the victims of the Glorietta bombing yesterday as she called for utmost vigilance and sobriety.

“We condemn the Glorietta bombing in the strongest possible terms. It is a wake up call for vigilance and cooperation. But let us not allow this unfortunate incident to divert us from important issues of governance as it may have been intended to,” said Maza.

The GABRIELA solon warned the public not to submit to paranoia that the Arroyo regime could use to mobilize police and armed forces for a crackdown against those calling for Mrs. Arroyo to resign.

 “We are alarmed and very much wary over the impeccable timing of the incident in the light of snowballing calls for Mrs. Arroyo to resign. We call on the public for utmost vigilance, as there may be no stopping the Arroyo regime from using this unfortunate incident to declare a state of emergency and crackdown on the opposition. Such terror is the work of dictators,” said Maza.

“We demand that a speedy and impartial investigation of the incident is conducted to help ensure that justice is immediately served.” #

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Gabriela Women’s Party joins calls for Mrs. Arroyo to step down now. Women in this country have nothing to lose and so much to gain should the one woman in the highest position of power in this country resign.

In the wake of large scale bribery and overpriced contracts—from fertilizers and boulevards to information highways and cyber education to name a few—the Arroyo leadership has betrayed public trust; misused and plundered public funds.  Mrs. Arroyo’s governance, questionable as it is with unanswered allegations of electoral fraud has lost all credibility and moral ascendancy to lead a battle against corruption;

Under Mrs. Arroyo’s leadership we have found ourselves in a war zone, a country now known for extra judicial killings and enforced disappearances, for wars on terror that continues to displace and terrorize hundreds of thousands of families. Mrs. Arroyo has led this country into a human rights crisis worthy of international condemnation;

Mrs. Arroyo’s administration continues to be characterized with demolitions and homelessness, low wages and joblessness, high prices, high taxes amid the dearth of health services and education, Filipino women find no respite or liberation in the so-called economic development Mrs. Arroyo proudly claims to have led this country into;

We reiterate anew our call and unite with the nation in demanding that Mrs. Arroyo step down now. We shall work with the opposition and various sectors in pursuing a genuine impeachment complaint. We shall join protests and mass actions nationwide to demand the immediate resignation of Mrs. Arroyo. Filipino women deserve no less than the truth, public accountability, justice and peace.

For Reference: Rep. Liza Largoza-Maza (0920-9134540) Rep. Luz Ilagan (0920-9213221) Cristina Palabay (0917-5003879)

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We at GABRIELA Women’s Party express our condemnation for the Glorietta bombing that left 8 people dead and over 70 more injured this afternoon at the Glorietta 2 Mall in Makati, Philippines. We likewise send our heartfelt sympathy and condolences for the victims and their families.

We also express our alarm and suspicion over the impeccable timing of the incident in the light of snowballing calls for Mrs. Arroyo to resign. We call on the public for utmost vigilance, as there may be no stopping the Arroyo regime from using this unfortunate incident to declare a state of emergency and crackdown on the opposition.

Gabriela Women’s Party calls for a speedy and impartial investigation of the incident to help ensure that justice is immediately served.

For Reference: REP. LIZA MAZA 0920-9134540
Jang Monte (Public Information Officer) 0915-6463009

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Militant Solons File Resolution to Probe Chain of Bribes; BREAKFAST CASH FLOW CAN FEED 200 FAMILIES FOR 1 YEAR

GABRIELA Women’s Partylist Representative Luz Ilagan today joined Rep. Teddy Casino of Bayan Muna in filing a resolution to probe into what she dubbed as the “chain of bribes from Malacanang to the Batasan.”

“We have a government whose security is running on large scale and widespread bribery. First it was bribery to secure a contract. Then, it was bribery to secure an endorsement. Now its bribery to secure the dismissal of an impeachment complaint,” said Ilagan.

The GABRIELA solon further said, “We cannot have hundreds of thousands of pesos being handed out in brown paper bags as if it were pandesal in Malacanang when millions are in fact going hungry in this country. It is scandalous.”

“Assuming that an average of P300,000 was handed out to every single one of the 190 Congressmen and women who had breakfast in Malacanang last Thursday, then that would mean at least P57M in cash. That’s not counting those that were handed out to local executives. Where did that much money come from?” asked Ilagan.

According to Ilagan, these so-called allowances handed out to buy out the silence and loyalty of government officials, conservatively totaled to P57M, could have actually bought 814,285 textbooks or even build 100 classrooms. This same amount could have given 200 families in Metro Manila 362 days of a decent life, assuming that the daily cost of living remains pegged at P786 per day.

Ilagan said more government officials should do a Panlilio, and reveal what exactly happened at breakfast last Thursday. “What happened in Malacanang was downright illegal. We have to get to the bottom of these bribes, and someone has to be made accountable.” #


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“If your governance is marred with scandal after scandal of in-family corruption, of electoral fraud and of human rights violations, indeed political survival has its price. You have to pay for your stay Malacanang.”

This was the statement issued today by GABRIELA Women’s Partylist Representative Liza Largoza Maza following Pampanga Gov. Ed Panlilio’s disclosure of Malacanang’s bribery to local government executives in a breakfast meeting last Thursday.

The GABRIELA solon said that with reports of bribery being revealed left and right and just within the past month, Malacanang has a lot of explaining to do. Maza said the timing of the payola—whether for the looming impeachment or the barangay elections— is impeccable, no matter which way one looks at it.

“Where did the money come from and for what purpose? That millions of pesos exchanged hands in that Malacanang breakfast meeting in the midst of a brewing impeachment complaint against Mrs. Arroyo leaves almost no room for doubt that these are payoffs to ensure the silence and loyalty of government officials to Mrs. Arroyo.”

Maza dared Malacanang to disclose the attendance at Thursday’s breakfast meeting, stressing that an accounting of funds is also in order. Maza said she will support all moves to probe into the reported bribery, at the same time criticizing Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye for attempts to downplay the issue, dismissing bribes as donations.

“It is shameless. It is almost as if bribery is the norm. This is something government officials should not get used to.” #

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GABRIELA Women’s Partylist Representative Luz Ilagan slammed today Malacanang’s move to continue with the controversial Cyber-Ed Project which was suspended along with the NBN-ZTE deal amid allegations of overpricing and bribery.

“What’s the rush? As yet, none of the questions that have been raised on the Cyber-Ed Project have been answered. Where is the contract and what are its ramifications? Is it feasible? Does it answer the needs of our country’s education system?” asked Ilagan.

The GABRIELA solon further said, “Seeing that none of these have been clearly answered, it seems there is a rush not to upgrade the education system, but a rush to create another white elephant and perhaps another possible source of kickbacks.”

Ilagan, herself a teacher for over forty years before becoming a representative for GABRIELA Women’s Party also said, “It is very alarming that no study was ever presented as to how this can sufficiently solve the fundamental problems of our education system such as the classroom, books and teacher shortages, and more importantly the issue of inaccessibility of education to a growing number of children exemplified by the decreasing number of enrollees and graduates. Can this, for example, solve the high drop-out rate?”

Drop out rates have been placed at 2 million for the primary level and 4 million for the secondary level.

The GABRIELA solon also noted initial studies conducted by the Alliance of Concerned Teachers citing that the CyberEd’s budget of P21.7 B, could construct 51,913 classrooms, hire close to two million new teachers or buy 336 million chairs, or acquire 434 million new textbooks or even allot the same amount to provide full four-year college scholarships to 1,085,000 students.

Ilagan further said that seeing how our schools have managed the PCs for Public Schools Project, it may be wise to check if our schools are actually ready to undertake a leap in technology such as the CyberEd Project. “The latest COA report has revealed that as much as P139M has gone to waste as public schools failed to utilize the PCs allegedly for lack of resources and technical capabilities.”

“Prudence, wise judgment, basic principles of good governance and logic would dictate that the CyberEd project should be deferred if not totally scrapped.”  #

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GABRIELA Women’s Partylist Representative Liza Largoza Maza today welcomed the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) decision upholding the Philippines’ Supreme Court decision as it closed its investigation on the Department of Justice’ rebellion case against the Batasan 6.


“The IPU has affirmed the Supreme Court decision on the rebellion case filed against us, finding the case baseless and without merit. We likewise welcome their commitment to keep tabs on developments on the murder charges against Rep. Satur Ocampo in  Leyte and Nueva Ecija provinces and on the sedition case filed against Rep. Crispin Beltran.” said Maza.


Maza and Ocampo attended the 117th IPU assembly held in Geneva, Switzerland from October 6-9. Last Monday, the militant lawmakers gave the IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians an update on the human rights situation in the country particularly on the political persecution against progressive legislators. They likewise reported on the cases of extrajudicial killings and disappearances involving members and leaders of militant partylist organizations.


“The IPU has recognized the persecution and harassment against us and our partylist organizations as politically motivated. Indeed, the human rights crisis in the Philippines has reached such proportions that the international community cannot ignore.” said Maza.


The IPU CHRP was convened by Senator Sharon Carstaires of Canada with five other committee members from Algeria, Chile, France and the United Kingdom. #



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