The Akbayan Citizens Action Party together with various labor groups came together for the immediate passage of the Expanded Maternity Leave Bill (EML), during a public briefing held at the Solair Hall of the University of the Philippines on Friday, October 5, 2018.

Members of different labor organizations such as Akbayan Women, Nagkaisa, Sentro, PSLink, Partido Manggagawa, IndustriAll, IndustriAll Phlippines Women’s Committee, Associated Labor Unions, Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, Makalaya, Philippine Metalworkers Alliance, Alliance of Filipino Workers, Building and Wood Workers International, Federation of Free Workers, Philippine Independent Public Sector Employees Association, Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Pantawid Pamilya, and Flight Attendants and Stewards Association of the Philippines were in attendance to discuss the salient points of the EML which was ratified in the Senate last October 4, 2018.

Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros, author and principal sponsor of the EML said the imminent passage of the measure was nothing short of historic for working women. The last time that the number of paid maternity leave days was increased in the country was in 1992 or 26 years ago.

Quote:  Gio Tingson, Akbayan Partlist spokesperson

It's tragic that Asec. Mocha Uson had to suck PCOO dry like a parasite before she decided to let go of the position. The timeliness of her resignation is suspicious. Is she preparing to run for the Senate in 2019?

Request lang na sana huwag masyadong advanced mag-isip. Magresign man siya, di mabubura ang marka niya sa serbisyo publiko. She must be made accountable for all actions as PCOO Asec while her case is still pending before the Ombudsman as Fake News Queen.

Panagutin si Mocha.###  

EMLAkbayan Women lauds the passage of the paid, Expanded Maternity Leave in the bicameral committee on Monday.

"It is the birth of a new era for Filipino families. This new maternity leave bill allows both mothers and fathers to take the time off and take care of their child. The solidarity work of the labor and the women's movement have won  this bill. It is time to expand our values through the expanded care for careworkers. The role of care is the role of all," Mylene Hega of Akbayan Women said. 

The bicameral committee in the bill allowed for a 7 days quota for fathers. The bi-cam has set 105 days for paid maternity leave and additional 15 days for solo parents.

"This is a breath of fresh air for Filipino mothers who have contributed so much to the economy but get less of the time and care they deserve from the state. We expect more happy and healthy workers and families from this," Hega added.

"Filipino mothers and workers have fought for this bill to passage, despite strong opposition from big companies. The Duterte administration shouldn't keep women waiting and sign the bill into law immediately," Hega added. ###

kalampaganSAAN AABOT ANG 20 PESOS MO?

This is the question posed by members of Akbayan Partylist who trooped to Blumentritt Market clanging their pots and pans in a "Kalampag protest" against the"insulting" PHP 20 minimum wage increase in NCR.

Mothers and urban poor leaders led the "#NasaanAngMalasakit:Kalampagin ang Gubyerno on Poverty and Hunger" campaign and opposed the meager wage hike that will not address rising prices of basic goods due to inflation and the Duterte administration's TRAIN Law.

“Saan aabot ang P20 mo? Dalawang sakay lang ng jeep, ubos na ang umento para sa aming mga nagtitiis sa minimum wage. Nakakainsulto ang pekeng umento na ito,” Nerisa Balarao said, a mother and a leader from Akbayan Partylist Manila.

“Wala pang solusyon ang gobyerno para sa aming hirap at gutom sa panahon ng nagtataasang presyo. Huwag naman sana magbingi-bingihan ang adminstrasyong Duterte sa aming mga hinaing,” Balarao added.

“Mangangalampag kami hanggat mapababa ang presyo ng mga bilihin, masolusyonan ang krisis sa bigas at mabigyan ng sapat na ayuda kaming mga mahihirap na pamilya,” Balarao added. 

Thursday's activity is part of a series of different protest actions in Metro Manila and major cities nationwide before a national protest on October 17 for the national day for overcoming extreme poverty. ###

trillanesReference: Gio Tingson, Akbayan Spokesperson

Akbayan condemns the warrant of arrest against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, aligning to President Duterte's plot to revoke the senator's amnesty and silence him. The order of arrest versus Senator Trillanes is the height of the Duterte government’s insecurity and cowardice, having no real solution to the country’s woes. 

President Duterte's trust ratings are plunging as he has failed to address the rice and price crisis, issues that matter to the poor majority of Filipinos. The arrest of Trillanes does not solve the hunger and poverty experienced by Filipino families brought by Duterte's failed policies. 

These recent events show that the political persecution is beyond Senator Trillanes. President Duterte is corrupting his powers to arrest those who are speaking up for the truth. In these times, anyone can be arrested just because the president said so. Furthermore, this maneuver comes straight from a dictator’s playbook to jail the opposition.

The president is not stopping his crackdown against those who stand for the truth. He will not stop until every critical senator like De Lima and Trillanes, every priest, journalist and even ordinary citizen is thrown in jail. We call on the public to hold the line and resist while we can. ###