Gabriela Women’s Party Representatives Liza Maza and Luz Ilagan today reiterated calls for Mrs. Arroyo to step down in the light of damning testimonies and evidence that are surfacing involving Malacanang and the first family in multi-billion scandals.
In a press conference launching the women’s alliance “BabaLa” or “Babae Laban sa Katiwalian”, Rep. Maza said, “In the wake of large scale bribery and overpriced contracts―from fertilizers and boulevards to information highways, railroads and cyber education to name a few―the Arroyo leadership has betrayed public trust; abused and plundered public funds. 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.”
Reacting to Malacanang’s defense of Mrs. Arroyo’s record in combating corruption, the women’s partylist group insisted, “Not once has the first family or Mrs. Arroyo’s allies have been investigated or made accountable for allegations of corruption. In addition to this, 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.”
Rep. Ilagan for her part said that “Under Mrs. Arroyo’s leadership we have found ourselves in a war zone. We are now a country known for extra judicial killings and enforced disappearances, for wars on terror that continues to displace and terrorize hundreds of thousands of families especially in Mindanao. Mrs. Arroyo has led this country into a human rights crisis that deserves international condemnation”
The Gabriela solons also said that the gall, with which the Arroyo administration condones corruption in the face of demolitions and homelessness, low wages and joblessness, high prices, high taxes amid the dearth of health services and education, compels more and more Filipino women to take action for her immediate ouster or resignation.
“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. Filipino women deserve no less than the truth, public accountability, justice and peace”
REP. LIZA LARGOZA MAZA 0920-9134540; REP. LUZVIMINDA C. ILAGAN 0920-9213221; Cristina Palabay (Secretary General) 0917-5003879; Jang Monte (Public Information Officer) 0915-6463009