launches campaign against Duterte admin ‘economic violence’ against
June 20, 2018
QUEZON CITY –
Hundreds of women held protest actions at the gates of executive
department offices as the symbolic launch of a women’s campaign
against the supposed widespread ‘economic violence’ being committed
by the Duterte administration against Filipinos and Filipino women.
The campaign followed what
cross-sectoral women’s group Oriang stated as a series of
‘anti-poor’ and ‘anti-women’ pronouncements and policies issued by
the country’s executive department and cabinet offices, with the
most recent of them coming from the National Economic and
Development Authority (NEDA) and the Department of Trade and
administration has unraveled itself to be both ‘anti-women’ and
‘anti-masses’ with its flagrant policies and patterns of behavior
that undermine the dignity of women as persons and Filipinos’
capacity to acquire basic necessities in order to live a decent
life,” said Oriang National President Flora Asiddao Santos.
She cited what she claimed
to be the President’s patterns of flagrant and very publicized
misogyny coupled with the administration’s series of policies, such
as the TRAIN Law and its ‘legitimization’ of labor
contractualization, which have not only targeted the poor while
leaving rich corporations virtually untouched, but have also
compounded on the increasing inaccessibility of basic goods and
needs to Filipinos through ‘promoting’ insecure jobs, low wages, and
rising prices of goods.
administration is unapologetic in violating the basic rights of
Filipino women and Filipino masses to live with decency and
dignity,” said Assidao Santos.
“We thus condemn it today
for forcing every Filipino to suffer with ‘empty pots and gnawing
stomachs’ (kalderong walang laman, sikmurang kumakalam) and fight
back against its unbridled affront against the most marginalized in
the country,” she said.
The larger campaign of
PALAG NA, a campaign against government policies on continuing high
prices, joined the action through the participation of women from
the member-organizations Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) and the
Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ), calling for an end
to the misogyny and ‘economic abuse’ being propagated hand in hand
by the administration.
“For years, the majority
of Filipinos are suffering from hunger and poverty. But instead of
alleviating the conditions of the people, this government enacted
policies like the TRAIN Law, thereby making life more unbearable for
them,” said PMCJ Food, Land, Water, and Climate Change campaigner
According to Freedom from
Debt Coalition Women’s Committee Chairperson Malou Nuera, poor
Filipino women, especially poor Filipino mothers, are at the
intersection and stand to suffer most from rising prices and the
rising affront of the administration against women.
“The negative effects of
today’s economic policies, such as increasing hunger and poverty,
are experienced by Filipino mothers tenfold as the primary
caretakers of the family and managers of domestic life,” said Nuera.
“In addition to this,
despite the very significant responsibilities they fulfill as women,
Filipinas are belittled and demeaned by this administration through
its tolerance and promotion of abusive deeds and language against
women,” she added.
Jointly, Oriang, FDC, and
other organizations participating in the campaign demanded an end to
the administration’s ‘targeting of the poor and the women.’
administration, with its ‘anti-poor’ policies and ‘anti-women’
behavior, has outright neglected the marginalized whom it had
postured to serve. We march here today as Filipina masses to voice
our outrage and to call on every Filipino to fight back against the
continuing abuses of this government,” said Oriang.