Akbayan Party today stormed the Chinese Consulate Office in Makati in response to the series of military incursions by the Chinese government in territories claimed by the Philippines in the Western Philippine Sea in the past few months.

Akbayan Representative Walden Bello who led the protest denounced the provocative acts of the Chinese government, which he described as blatant bullying.

Akbayan spokesperson Risa Hontiveros today asked the Department of Justice (DoJ) to fast track the resolution of the case they filed before the Sandigan Bayan justices who approved the plea bargain deal entered into with former Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia.

“We know the DoJ has a lot on its plate right now. But knowing the justice department under Secretary De Lima, we have no doubts whatsoever that they will not fail the people,” Hontiveros confidently asserted.

Three days before the commemoration of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform law (CARL), advocates who campaigned for the extension and improvement of the law banded together to call on President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to finish the just distribution of all agricultural lands.

In a press conference in Quezon City dubbed as a grand reunion of CARPER forces, or those who advocated for the passage of Republic Act 9700, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program with Extension and Reforms, Akbayan Representative Kaka Bag-ao said the Aquino government has the exceptional opportunity to leave “a legacy like no other.”

Akbayan Party today claimed victory regarding the recommendation made by Vice President Jejomar Binay not to to bury the remains of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani even as it expressed concern over Binay’s proposal to provide the late dictator full military honors.

“This is certainly a victory of the Filipino people especially those who fought, sacrificed and died under the brutal Marcos dictatorship. It is a triumph of our history and truth,” Akbayan Representative Kaka Bag-ao said.

Coinciding with the 150 years of National Hero Jose Rizal and the anniversary of the passing of the Rizal law, advocates of the Reproductive Health bill trooped to the House of Representatives today to demand the bill’s passage.

Carrying posters of Rizal, Akbayan Party, Likhaan and other women and youth organizations rendered songs and read the hero’s poems as they call on legislators to pass the RH bill. The groups said they draw inspiration from Rizal and the fight to pass the Rizal law, a law mandating all educational institutions in the country to offer courses about Rizal and his works.