Urban poor women of Gabriela Women’s Party today tied pink ribbons and affixed posters in the doors of their homes as a sign of their protest against the widespread demolitions being conducted by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and to issue a call for Pres.to step down from office.
Fe Ramirez, Chairperson of the party’s chapter in Brgy. Batasan Hills, said,”Malinaw na hindi pag-unlad ng buhay ng mga mahihirap ang gusto
ng administrasyon ni PGMA, kundi ang kapakanan ng mga mayaman at ng mga kurakot sa bayan. Hindi dapat kaming mga maralita ang nakakaranas
ng demolisyon ng aming mga tahanan at ng aming ikinabubuhay. Si PGMA ang dapat idemolish mula sa kanyang kinalalagyan sa Malacanang.”
The women posted signs with “Bawal si Gloria dito,” to suggest disdain for unwanted visitors like PGMA in their homes. “Higit na naghirap ang aming buhay nitong mga nakaraang panahon sa ilalim ng administrasyon ni PGMA. Panahon na upang malawak na kumilos ang mga kababaihan,” Ramirez added.
Meanwhile, Cristina Palabay, GWP Secretary General, said even government statistics indicate increased poverty among the Filipinos, citing the recent National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) data on the rise of poverty incidence.
According to NEDA, the actual number of poor Filipinos increased from 23.8 million in 2003 to 27.6 million in 2006, or a 3.8 million increase in the number of poor people.
“It is difficult for the Arroyo government to deny the shocking poverty besetting the Filipino women and the people. The situation of the millions of urban poor families deprived of decent housing belies the economic growth being painted by the administration. Arroyo should be held accountable for the widespread poverty of the people, while
the First Family and their cohorts pocket millions of kickbacks and public funds,” Palabay commented.
Gabriela Women’s Party will join the women’s day march and rally to be led by the Babae Laban sa Katiwalian (BabaLa) on March 8. #