EMLAkbayan Women lauds the passage of the Expanded Maternity Leave Bill in its third reading at the House of Representatives today. The bill raises the bar of the country’s maternity law, from 60 days to a hundred days in compliance to the international standards set by the World Health Organization and the International Labor Organization.

 “Greater maternity days for women, will allow the body of the woman to recuperate from pregnancy. Its eventual passage creates an enabling legal environment for women that expand women’s choices and agency over her body. It is an added package to our Reproductive Health Law”, said Mylene Hega of Akbayan Women. 

Akbayan Women sees that that the passage of expanded maternity days, could introduce into the mainstream the realities of reproductive work of physical child bearing, nurture and care towards the child. 

“Beyond the recognition of the physical burden of pregnancy, we hope that our lawmakers at the Bicameral session could consider redistributing reproductive work. Introducing that care and nurture is not only a woman’s burden, is important”, added Hega. ###

trillanesAkbayan condemns President Rodrigo Duterte's revocation of amnesty granted to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. 

"The reasons cited in President Duterte's Proclamation No. 572 reeks of political persecution as this administration continues to conjure old cases from the grave. It is clear now that Duterte would rather imprison lawmakers who demand truth and accountability from his administration rather than actually facing them," Akbayan partylist spokesperson Gio Tingson said.

"It is cowardly of Duterte to order for Trillanes' arrest while he's in a junket trip to Israel so when he comes back, he has one less critic to face," Tingson said.

"It is clear that Duterte wants Senator Trillanes locked up because he wants the president probed for allegations of hidden wealth, his family's alleged involvement in the drug trade and his murderous campaign against drugs that has killed 20,000 Filipinos already," Tingson said.

Akbayan called on the people to stand with their ally Senator Trillanes, a vocal critic of President Duterte. 

"We call on the public to show their outrage and demand a stop to President Duterte's policy of silencing dissent. The climate of political persecution against those who tell the truth spares no one. We must resist!" Tingson ended. ###  

EML lobby HOR 1A measure to expand paid maternity leave for working women in the country to 100 days was approved on second reading by the House of Representatives on Tuesday.  House Bill No. 4113, sponsored by Bagong Henerasyon Partylist Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy and co-authored by Akbayan Partylist Rep. Tom Villarin, seeks to add 40 days to the current 60 days of paid maternity leave for female workers in the government and the private sector.  

Work4EML, convened by workers and women from Partido ng Manggagawa, NAGKAISA, Akbayan Women, IndustriALL, Public Services Labor Independent Confederation (PSLINK) Philippines, Building and Woodworkers International (BWI) Philippines and Associated Labor Unions (ALU), Manggagawang Kababaihan Mithi ay Paglaya (MAKALAYA), welcomed the progress as a positive development in ensuring the welfare of women workers in the country. 

Teresita De CastroAkbayan Partylist President Machris Cabreros slammed President Duterte's appointment of Teresita de Castro as Supreme Court Chief Justice.

"Teresita De Castro's appointment as Chief Justice to the Supreme Court is President Duterte's reward for her removal of CJ Sereno from the post. Her next mission could be putting the Marcoses back in power by favoring Bongbong Marcos' sham electoral protest," Akbayan Partylist President Machris Cabreros said.

"De Castro will have 2 months in office but the Mischief Justice is capable of enabling the whims of the dictator," Cabreros said.

Akbayan noted that De Castro voted yes for the hero's burial for Marcos, upheld Duterte's martial law in Mindanao, and voted to clear Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of plunder.

"She can also bend the Supreme Court to Duterte's will by upholding the withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, give constitutionality to Oplan Tokhang and other crucial cases in the Supreme Court," Cabreros added.

"After her two month stint, Duterte can appoint another lapdog to the position while De Castro can relish retirement with her expensive pension and her short gig as Mischief Justice," Cabreros ended.

Akbayan called on the public to "resist the dictator's influence in the Supreme Court and put the Marcoses back to the dustbin of history". ###


Remember KianHundreds of students, youth leaders and human rights advocates convened in major cities across the country to commemorate one year since the death of 17-year old Kian delos Santos, one of the young victims of the President Duterte’s violent campaign against drugs.

In Metro Manila, student council leaders, teachers and staff from Ateneo de Manila University, University of the Philippines Diliman and Miriam College gathered in gate 2.5 in Ateneo to light candles and hang banners to #RememberKian together with activists from Akbayan Youth, Akbayan Partylist and Tindig Kabataan.

The students also wrote letters for Kian which they posted on a huge board by the sidewalk, showing their demand for justice for young victims of the drug war.  

“Hindi nakakalimot ang sambayanan sa sinapit ni Kian sa ilalim ng War on Drugs ni Duterte. We remember Kian with our demands for justice and our cry to hold the Caloocan policemen and the president accountable,” Akbayan Youth Chairperson JC Tejano. 

“Huwag nating kalimutan na dumami pa ang mga batang pinaslang ng kampanya kontra droga ni Duterte pagkatapos ni Kian. Malinaw na ang War on Drugs ay hindi para sa kaligtasan ng mga bata,” Tejano ended.  

Akbayan Youth members in Baguio City, Bacolod City and Cebu City will also be offering prayers, flowers and personal letters to the children killed by the drug war. ###