On marking 101st year of Int’l Women’s Day:
Anakpawis solon urges for women’s struggle for land, jobs and democratic rights; against Duterte’s anti-women policies
Manila – Anakpawis Party-list Representative Ariel “Ka Ayik” Casilao today joined the commemoration of the 101st year of the International Women’s Day led by Gabriela women’s group in Manila.
The Anakpawis lawmaker urged the women sector and broad public to support women’s struggle for land rights, living wages, protection of basic rights and justice for victims of state abuses and repression, as well as against violence which reflects the Duterte government’s anti-women and anti-people socio-economic policies.
“There will be no liberation or equality for women, under the semi-feudal and semi-colonial system where workers and farmers remain oppressed and exploited, thus, the key is the national democratic struggle of the Filipino people,” Casilao said in a press statement.
He added that women suffers added burden such as lower wages, health-threatening work conditions, exploitative and oppressive labor relations, and even sexual abuses committed by government forces, hacienderos and capitalists.
He also slammed President Rodrigo Duterte’s misogynist pronouncements that undermine women’s gains in educating the people for gender equality.
Casilao also highlighted that the regime’s fascist agenda: “war on drugs,” war against the Moro people, and counter-insurgency program have been targeting women and children, such as the cases of farmers, lumad and Moro in Mindanao who are displaced from their communities and ancestral lands.
He added that Duterte ate his own words when he abandoned his promise to end contractualization of labor, hence, many women workers remain unsecured of their jobs and subjected to low wages.
Even urban poor communities where not spared such as the case of violent demolition in Floodway, Pasig, that displaced many women and children. Poor families, with many women and children, who occupied the Pandi relocation site in Bulacan are deprived of basic services and continues to be threatened with eviction by the National Housing Authority.
“The latest assault of Duterte against women is economic, the enactment of the TRAIN law, that triggers inflation and impacts families, women and children,” Casilao said.
“Duterte’s neo-liberal puppetry also caused the present rice crisis where the National Food Authority totally betrayed Filipino rice farmers, with its little procurement and reliance on imported rice, in the household, women are on the forefront of facing increased retail prices of rice,” the lawmaker said.
Finally, the lawmaker criticized the regime of its termination of the peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), when it was advancing on finalizing the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Rights (CASER).
“Fundamental rights of women for land, jobs, wages are encoined and promoted in CASER, but as Duterte turned its back from pursuing just and lasting peace, he has proven himself as anti-reform, anti-women, anti-people, anti-Filipino,” Casilao ended. ###