Militant women’s partylist group, GABRIELA today joined thousands of women in commemorating International Women’s day, calling on Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the country’s second woman president to step down.
“Gloria Arroyo, has become the biggest hindrance to women’s empowerment in this country. In the midst of worsening poverty, one corruption scandal after another hounds her administration. Women find her governance culpable of plunder, electoral fraud, and with the latest controversy on the sell-out of the Spratlys—treason, ” said Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Liza Maza.
“Gloria Macapagal Arroyo ahs put our country on the map of human rights violations and corruption. Women have found ourselves in a much deeper pit seven years after Mrs. Arroyo took over. Women want her out now!”
Maza also said that even recent government data, where 27.6 M Filipinos suffer from poverty belies the economic growth that Mrs. Arroyo boasts to have brought this country to. “While GDP growth averaged 5.4% in 2003-2006, the number of poor Filipinos increased by 3.8 million. Around 70%-80% of Filipinos live off around P100 or less every day. Filipino women and our families have become jobless, landless and homeless while the First family swims in the muck of greed, lies and scandals.”
Rep. Ilagan meanwhile said that the recent $130B and the $70B kickbacks from the ZTE and Southrail projects alone are enough to build over 100,000 homes, ensure the college scholarships of more than 14,000 college students and build 300,000 classrooms. Even the bribes distributed in Malacanang last year could ensure decent living for 200 families for one year, with the daily cost of living pegged at P670 per day.
“The shameless chain scandals, anomalous contracts, lies and bribes just don’t stop. As these continue more and more Filipino women will rush to the streets, not just today, women’s day but on succeeding protest actions for a change in leadership and governance.”