News Release
11 July 2009

Reference: Emmi de Jesus, Secretary General, 371-2302 / 0917-3221203


Colorful swatches of cloths creatively embellished with political calls were sewn together by various women’s groups this morning in Quezon City as the militant women’s group GABRIELA launches the “Women Weave Against Con-Ass and Cha-Cha”.

“Weaving together these cloths signify the unity of women from all walks of life and political groups against the anomalous Constitutional Assembly and all maneuvers of the Arroyo government to extend Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s term including the imposition of martial law,” said Emmi de Jesus, GABRIELA Secretary General.

Gabriela Women’s Party List Representative Liza Maza, Senators Loren Legarda and Pia Cayetano sent their messages of solidarity with Gabriela as well as women from Ugnayan nng Kababaihan sa Pulitika, ISIS, Teresa Makabayan, Women’s Crisis Center, KASIBULAN (women artists group) and Institute of Women’s Studies also signified their stand not only against GMA’s ConAss but for the multi-sectoral call for profound social changes.

“More than any other time, we women, must strengthen our unity, heighten our vigilance and intensify our militant fight even as the Arroyo regime grows more and more desperate in its continuing sinister schemes to prolong Arroyo’s reign, including an impending imposition of martial law,” said De Jesus.

“The Arroyo regime should be forewarned against undermining the Filipino people’s aspiration for freedom and democracy. History has repeatedly shown how our people – women and men – gallantly resisted any regime’s attempt to perpetuate tyranny and illegal rule.

According to De Jesus, GABRIELA chapters are initiating the same form of women’s protest all over the Philippines.

The full women’s protest quilt will be unveiled on July 17 as part of build up activities for the heightening anti-ConAss protest that will culminate on July 27 State of the Nation Address.

“We will see to it that the women’s voice will reverberate together with the rest of Filipino people in the fight to end ConAss, Chacha and the Arroyo regime itself. We will see to it that Gloria’s reign will end, sooner or later, De Jesus vowed.

GABRIELA National Alliance of Women in the Philipppines
Address: 35 Scout Delgado Street Barangay Laging Handa, Quezon City 1103 Philippines
Telefax: (632) 3744423, (632) 3712302


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