valentinesSa bisperas ng Araw ng mga Puso, nanawagan ang mga kababaihan ng Akbayan sa publiko na isapuso ang mga paalala laban sa mga manunuyong pulitiko na susungkitin ang kanilang oo sa eleksyon.

“Matatamis na salita ang madidinig ng mga mamamayan mula sa mga kandidato, na kulang na lamang ay pati langit at lupa ay ipapangako,” ayon kay Machris Cabreros, Pangulo ng Akbayan. “Ngunit dapat ang mga botate ay huwag basta magtiwala.”

Ayon kay Rafaela David, Akbayan nominee, “ang halalan ay parang pag-ibig, dahil may suyuan, may pangako at minsan may naloloko.”

“Huwag tayong magpaloko sa mga namimigay ng materyal na bagay,” dagdag ni Cabreros, “ang pag-ibig ay hindi nabibili, ang boto pa kaya?”

Dagdag pa ni David, hidni din dapat magpadala sa mga kandidatong abusado. “Ang pag-ibig ay hindi nakakasakit, kaya’t ang iboboto ay dapat walang rekord ng pang-aabuso, sa kapwa man o sa posisyon na hinawakan.”

Nanawagan ang Akbayan na maging mapanuri ang publiko sa mga tumatakbo. “Alamin natin ang kanilang plataporma, at busisiin ang programa,” ani Cabreros. “ Madami sa kanila ay walang detalye ang plano, at hindi sigurado na pag naupo ay hindi magnanakaw ang mga ito.”

Siniguro ni David na itutuloy ng Akbayan ang kampanya laban sa mga kandidatong kwestyunable ang track record at eksaherado ang mga ipinapangako. "Ang botanteng nagsusuri, ay botanteng mas masusi ang gagawing pagpili." paliwanag ni David. "Kaya dapat silang iwaksi, dahil nasa huli ang pagsisisi."  ###

akbayan 2016Akbayan Party-List today kicked off the election season with coordinated mobilizations across the country to call on the public to guard and ensure the 2016 polls are clean and honest in order to safeguard the people’s gains.

“Eighteen years of electoral victories demonstrates that Akbayan remains one of the few leading party-lists that take governance and reforms seriously,” said Akbayan first nominee Tom Villarin, a Mindanaoan activist and former DILG undersecretary. “The business of reforms invites suspicion and malice, but we vow to persevere because we believe that fighting inequality, the central theme of our platform, requires patience and a broad mind.”

Added Akbayan President Machris Cabreros, “ Akbayan’s results speak for themselves: from legislation on extending agrarian reform, cheaper medicines, sin taxes that were used for health programs, to anti-dynasties provision in SK  reforms, to balanced housing law that ensures real estate companies will build socialized housing, to strengthening the OWWA charter -- we have consistently championed the cause of the marginalized poor, and will continue to do so.”

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china 2016Akbayan today trooped to the Chinese consular office in Makati to commemorate the Lunar New Year while calling out the Chinese government for its continued incursions into Philippine territories.

“The festivities of the Chinese new year intends to drive away bad spirits, and it is in the spirit of this celebration that we call on the Chinese government to leave our islands alone,” said Akbayan President Machris Cabreros. “Stop sending tourists to our islands and denying our fishermen their livelihoods.”

“The Chinese government is inviting further condemnation with their actions, further promoting hostilities between our peoples,” added Cabreros. “For peace to reign in the region, they should desist from illegal and provocative actions.”

“The Philippines must pursue its legal actions and pursue an independent foreign policy,” said Cabreros. “This is the only way we can maintain our moral standing and truly address the strategic interests of the country.”

Akbayan members donned monkey masks in time for the start of the Year of the Fire Monkey, and used good luck charms from Chinese mythology to symbolize their call for peace and dare China to live up to the spirit of the festivities.

barry gutierrezThe House of Representatives passed a two-year term extension for the Martial Law Victims Claims Board to ensure that adjudication of all Martial Law claims applications will be duly accomplished and fully resolved.

"It proposes to extend the life term of the Human Rights Victims Claims Board (HRVCB) until May 2018, in response to the sudden upsurge in recognition and reparation claims applications. This gives the Board sufficient time to resolve all claims and finally bring justice to the victims of human rights abuses during the Martial Law, especially those who are in their final years of their life," said Akbayan Rep. Barry Gutierrez, principal author of the bill.

"We can't let the hopes of the victims and their families with pending claims applications, and who have waited for years to get the justice, recognition and reparation they deserve, become blighted due to the deadline," he added.

As of December 2015, the Board has deliberated on about 11,071, or about 14.61%, of the total claims received. This means, there are still 64, 450 claims applications pending adjudication.

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barry gutierrezAkbayan Rep. Barry Gutierrez on Tuesday lauded the long-awaited signing of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Reform bill with anti-dynasty provision.

“The enactment of the SK Reform bill marks a major step forward in overhauling the SK, ushering in the necessary reforms to function effectively as vehicle for youth representation and participation in governance,” Gutierrez said.

"Furthermore, by adopting an anti-dynasty provision, it is an active effort to fix SK and rid it of the trappings of political dynasties and the old-style trapo politics that has since hampered the system from fully fulfilling its mandate," he added.

The measure, also known as Republic Act No. 10742, was ratified by Congress last November 2015 and signed by President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III into law earlier today.

The legislation bars SK officials who are related within the second civil degree of consanguinity or affinity to any incumbent elected national official, or to any incumbent regional, provincial, city, municipal or barangay official, in the locality where he or she wishes to be elected.

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