kalamapaginMembers of Akbayan Partylist trooped to Commonwealth Market clanging their pots and pans in a "kalampag protest" against poverty and hunger on Tuesday morning.

Mothers and urban poor leaders led the #NasaanAngMalasakit: Kalampagin ang Gobyerno Laban sa Kahirapan at Gutom" campaign and opposed the rising prices of basic goods due to the Duterte administration's TRAIN Law and the government’s failure to control inflation rates. 

“Matapos ang ilang buwan, wala pa ring gumaganang solusyon ang gobyerno sa nagtataasang presyo ng mga bilihin,” Vives Moreno, a mother and Akbayan QC community leader said. 

“Kinakalampag namin ang gobyerno dahil tila nagbingi-bingihan pa rin si Duterte sa hinaing ng mga pamilyang gutom,” Moreno added.

Akbayan also railed against the alleged P2-B “rice tara-ffication” corruption scandal in the NFA exposed by Senator Risa Hontiveros in a privilege speech yesterday.

“Nakakagalit na habang nagkukuntsaba ang NFA at mga pribadong sektor para kumita sa krisis sa bigas, wala ng laman ang aming mga kaldero at tiyan,” Moreno said. 

“Huwag niyo pong hayaang magugutom kaming mga mahihirap. Mangangalampag kami sa inyo hanggang maibaba ang presyo ng bilihin at masolusyonan ang krisis sa bigas.” Moreno ended.

Tuesday'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. ###

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". ###