Akbayan Partylist lauded the Sandiganbayan decision finding Imelda Marcos guilty of graft. Marcos is guilty for seven counts of violation of the anti-graft law.

"This legal victory is a two-decade struggle by the brave Filipino people. This is a victory against historical revisionism. This comes at the heels of a time when the Marcos family is desperately trying to revise history and clear their name of the crimes they have committed," Akbayan Chairperson Emeritus Etta Rosales said.

The decision is based on Imelda Marcos' illegal financial activities as governor of Metro Manila.

"This is retribution. The Marcoses thought they could get away with their crimes. They have after all institutionalized impunity within the criminal justice system as dictator over the past years," Etta Rosales added.

Akbayan Partylist condemns the brutal massacre of farmers and 2 teenagers on Saturday night in Sagay City, Negros Occidental.

"Ang walang-awang pagpatay sa mga magsasaka at mga bata sa Sagay noong Sabado ay bunga ng kultura ng karahasan na pinapairal ng administrasyong Duterte," Yoyong Merida, Sumilao farmer leader and Akbayan nominee said.

"Hindi lang pinapahirapan, binababoy, ginagago at tinatapakan ang sektor ng magsasaka na siyang nagtatanim upang masiguro na may pagkain sa mesa natin, pinapatay pa. Sa halip na tugunan ang mga problema ng mga naghihirap na magsasaka, bakit sila pinapaulanan ng bala? Kailangan mahuli ang mga salarin ngunit kailangan ding tapusin na ang deka-dekadang kaso ng agrarian injustice sa bansa natin," Merida added.

"Ito na dapat ang huling kaso ng karumal-dumal na pagpatay sa mga magsasaka. Kailangan maimbestigahan ito ng Kongreso at mabigyan ng hustisya ang mga pamilyang nawalan," Merida said. ##

Akbayan members protested in 15 areas all over Metro Manila clanging their pots and pans, against worsening poverty as the latest SWS survey showed that 12.2 million Filipino families rate themselves as poor in a time of rising inflation and price hikes of basic goods.

“Walang awat ang pagtaas ng presyo ng mga bilihin kaya’t walang tigil din ang paglobo ng bilang ng mga pamilyang gutom at naghihirap,” Sharon Francisco, mother and Akbayan community leader said. (The prices of basic goods are rising non-stop that's why the number of families who are poor and hungry are on the rise too)

“Nakakabahala na nagsimulang 10 milyong naghihirap na pamilya lang ang naitala ng pamahalaan na kailangan ng ayuda sa simula ng taon. Dahil sa kapabayaan ni Presidente Pahirap na solusyonan ang taas-presyo, dumami pa lalo ang naghihirap na mga pamilya,” Francisco added. (It's alarming that the government has only catered to 10 million poor families for cash aid at the start of the year. Because of President Poverty's (referring to Duterte) negligence, more and more families are suffering.)  

From “tapang at malasakit” to “gapang at pasakit.” This is how Akbayan Partylist described the rule of Rodrigo Duterte, who was dubbed “President Pahirap” by the partylist organization, as it formalized its bid in the upcoming midterm elections in May 2019.

“Amid rising inflation, self-rated poverty, and hunger, ‘President Pahirap’ Duterte remains clueless on solutions to our country’s economic woes. Regularly blaming inflation on the world market is just a lazy, incompetent, and callous excuse,” said first nominee and incumbent Akbayan Partylist Rep. Tom Villarin.

“The higher prices go, the lower Filipinos’ quality of life gets. By filing our certificate of candidacy, Akbayan Partylist offers the people a relief package--an Anti-Taas Presyo Package--to provide poor Filipinos breathing space and prevent them from drowning in the tide of inflation,” Villarin added.

Akbayan Partylist slammed House Speaker Gloria Arroyo's charter change resolution which rammed through a House panel without amendments yesterday. The draft charter removes term limits of lawmakers and removes the Vice President from the line of succession to the President.

"Filipino families want the prices to go down and for their wages to go up but the House leadership only wants to stay in power. The House needs to focus on removing price hikes and hunger, not politician's term limits," Akbayan partylist spokesperson Gio Tingson.

"While the people are going poor, hungry and distracted, the House is sneakily changing the constitution to their advantage," Tingson said. 

"Charter change only benefits politicians at the expense of Filipino families who are getting poorer for every day that the government fails to act on inflation," Tingson said. ##