Teatro Marikina, Marikina City – On the celebration of their 15th founding anniversary on October 1, members of Gabriela Women’s Partylist and alliance groups reiterated their call to disband paramilitary groups and to seek accountability from those concerned for the Lumad killings in Mindanao.

Aida Seisa, Manobo leader and Paquibato massacre survivor, led the “panubatubad,” a Lumad prayer, as a pledge to strengthen women’s fight against terror and repression.

In a vow of solidarity, those present in the event signed a covenant to end injustice done to Lumad communities and to women across the country. The celebration of the said partylist coincides with the first month since Emerito Samarca, Dionel Campos, and Juvello Sinzo were slain in Lianga, Surigao del Sur.

“Masidhi ang aming galit sa walang humpay at matinding atake sa mga Lumad at mamamayang katutubo. Mula nang maupo si Aquino noong 2010, mahigit sa 54 na kaso ng pwersahang pagpapalikas na bungsod ng militarisasyon at naapektuhan ang mahigit sa 20,000 katao. May 71 katutubo ang pinaslang at mahigit 200 kaso ng panliligalig, pagwasak at pagpapasara sa paaralan ng mga Lumad,” contained in the covenant.

More than the celebration of the anniversary is the announcement of the nominees for the partylist who have successfully sent representatives in the congress for four consecutive years. The nominees are Representative Emmi de Jesus, Arlene Brosas, and Bai Ali Indayla.

The partylist expressed their full support to the Makabayan senatorial bid, Representative Neri Colmenares, as he graced the event.

Gabriela Women’s Partylist first nominee Rep. Emmi de Jesus presented their platform before the hundreds of Gabriela and GWP members. It highlights the need to forward systemic change, in addition to safeguarding civilians’ rights to accessible basic social services, protection of nation’s sovereignty, and fight for discrimination against women and children.

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