Kalbaryo ng Kabus (Maralita) in Davao City

demand the ouster of Arroyo

 

March 14, 2008

 

 

   

BabaLa - Davao City joined the motorcade led by the Interfaith Movement for Truth and Accountability in the early morning of March 14. The women of BabaLa staged a silent picket at 12 noon in front of the City Hall. Later Gabriela-Davao and BabaLa-Davao joined the "Kalbaryo sa Kabus" (Kalbaryo ng Maralita).

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NEWS RELEASE
15 March 2008

For Reference: REP LIZA MAZA 09209134540; 3876718
Jang Monte (Public Information Officer) 09156463009

MALACANANG DESPERATE AS IT MOBILIZES PSEUDO-PARTYLISTS IN DEFENSE AGAINST TRUTH

The women's partylist group Gabriela criticized today moves
spearheaded by a pseudo-partylist group, Babae Ka to discredit NBN-ZTE witness Rodolfo Jun Lozada.

"The cases filed by Babae Ka against Jun Lozada are meant to harass
him and and his family into silence. This is a move that benefits only
those that have been accused of large-scale corruption and bribery in
the senate investigations. This is a move to protect Mrs. Arroyo and
the first family," said Gabriela Women's Party Rep. Liza Maza.

"We have known all along that Babae Ka is a Malacanang stooge. They
were used by Malacanang in the elections to confuse women voters, but
failed. Now, apparently they are once more being used by Mrs. Arroyo
in a smear campaign against Lozada. That Malacanang is once more
mobilizing losers with dubious connections in its defense speaks only
of its desperation," chided Maza.

Last 2007 elections, Gabriela exposed a Palace memorandum citing
Babae Ka as one of the administration-funded and -supported
partylists. Sally Dagami, its chairperson, was reportedly a former
Kaibigan ni GMA coordinator, while a certain Nerissa Garcia,
Executive Director of Malacanang's Office of External Affairs, is a
standing member of the said group.

Gabriela filed a disqualification case against Babae Ka and three
other partylist groups alleged as Malacanang-backed groups in May
2007. The Commission on Elections dismissed the case citing Babae Ka's loss in the partylist elections as basis.

Babae ka! was also reportedly a member of the Malayang Babae para sa
Cha Cha at Reporma (MELCHORA) which is affiliated with the Sigaw ng
Bayan group, a Pro Charter Change and Pro-Peoples Initiative group
headed by Raul Lambino Jr. which is allegedly organized by the OEA and DILG.

"The first family and their allies have already been exposed for
their insatiable greed for power and money. Moves to discredit Lozada
will not in any way affect the strength of his testimony. Nor will it
cause the snowballing calls for Mrs. Arroyo's removal from office to
dwindle."
 

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NEWS RELEASE
10 March 2008

For Reference: REP. LIZA LARGOZA MAZA 0920-9134540
REP. LUZ C. ILAGAN 0920-9213221
Jang Monte (Public Information Officer) 0915-6463009


MOST CORRUPT PRESIDENT, MOST CORRUPT ECONOMY

The women's partylist group, GABRIELA today said the recent assessment
released by the Political and Economic Risk Consultancy (PERC) putting
the country on the top of its list of most corrupt economies in Asia
comes no surprise as the list of unresolved anomalies under Mrs.
Arroyo continue to unfold.

"Under the leadership of Mrs. Arroyo, we are once more the object of
international shame. The audacity with which Mrs. Arroyo and her
allies get away with corruption, bribery and lies now bring us this
disrepute of being the most corrupt economy in Asia," said Gabriela
Women's Party Rep. Liza Maza

"This rings the alarm for the public and government officials to take
action. For as long as truth and accountability remains elusive in the
NBN-ZTE scandal, the recently unearthed Spratlys deal and several
other scandals and previous allegations of corruption involving the
first family as well as close allies of Mrs. Arroyo. International
shame is the price that our country pays for the cover-ups, bribes and
lies that this mafia-run government perpetuates."

Unresolved issues of corruption under the Arroyo administration date
back to Mrs. Arroyo's first two years in office when multi-million
deals on the Macapagal boulevard, the Fertilizer scam and Philhealth
cards as well as the first gentleman's Jose Pidal account was first
revealed.

Gabriela Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan meanwhile said that the PERC survey
report only proves that the supposed anti-corruption campaign of the
Arroyo government is a sham. "Lifestyle checks target only those in
the outer seams of the corruption fabric. The big fishes who have
managed to enrich themselves at the expense of public funds remain on
the loose."

According to the Gabriela solons, "We have yet to see the arrest and
prosecution of those responsible for the rampant corruption in this
country. Addressing corruption in this country calls for further
vigilance and active public participation on the affairs of
governance, and the consequent removal of Mrs. Arroyo from office." #
 

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