MANILA, Philippines — Women and men alike from different sectors in Metro Manila gathered at the Bonifacio Shrine on February 14 to take part in One Billion Rising, a nationwide campaign that is also participated in by several cities across the globe.

Gabriela Women’s Party led the crowd in demanding truth, justice, accountability, and genuine social change for women in the Philippines and abroad. The said group rallied women in the urgent call to make President Aquino liable for the heightened poverty and violence that women face day by day. Representative Luzviminda Ilagan also noted the government’s obvious yet futile efforts to whitewash Aquino and the US government’s involvement in the Mamasapano operation on January 25, all the more adding fuel to the call for Aquino to step down.