Our Gratitude

June 1, 2007

The Babae para sa Kaunlaran (BABAE KA) women’s party-list would like to express our gratitude to those who supported, campaigned and voted for the organization, as well as to those who in one way or another sympathized with us during the most trying times of the campaign.

We could say that it is a campaign filled with unexpected challenges. From the start we knew that it would be difficult for us to gather the number of votes needed for a partylist to achieve its electoral objective especially given our meager resources compared to other groups. But still we persist. We dared to campaign in the hope that it will be a principled one — a campaign based on programs and platform and not on the number of posters, streamers and media advertisements.

However, we find out that it is more than that.

During the party-list campaign, mudslinging and black propaganda prevailed perpetrated by those party-list groups in power. We never expected those leftist organizations to result to dirty tricks, lies and deceit but they did.

The results of the party-list election and the ongoing drama wherein various organizations have been accused of vote padding are proofs that all the so-called charges against BABAE KA are fabricated by those with malicious and self-serving motives. BABAE KA has been vindicated.

On the other hand, our issues against these organizations are true and would be proven, if the COMELEC will not give in to pressures from these leftists.

To date, BABAE KA officers are still being harassed thru text messages. But as what we have stated before, BABAE KA will never be cowed by the bullying tactics of these leftist organizations.

The experience in 2007 party-list election will serve as a valuable lesson for BABAE KA. We shall come back stronger, better and much more prepared in 2010.

Again, thanks to all.

Mabuhay ang Kababaihan! Mabuhay ang Sambayanan at Pamilyang Pilipino!

Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!

BABAE KA calls on COMELEC to defer proclamation of AKBAYAN, GABRIELA and ANAKPAWIS

May 29, 2007

MANILA. – WOMEN’S partylist group Babae para sa Kaunlaran (BABAE KA) has called on the Commission on Election (COMELEC) to defer the proclamation of Akbayan, Gabriela and Anakpawis until after the resolution of the investigations which could result to the disqualification of the said groups.

 

“We have filed a disqualification case against Akbayan for receiving foreign funds while a motu propio investigation of Gabriela and Anakpawis has been requested for violation of certain provisions of the partylist law. These are serious matters that should be addressed immediately by the COMELEC,” said Ruth Vasquez, president of BABAE KA.

 

The group alleged that Akbayan has received funding from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, a foundation of German leftwing social democrats with an office in the country. It also alleged that Gabriela and Anakpawis are members of partylist Bayan Muna coalition and thus must be disqualified for violating the maximum 3 seats rule of the partylist system.

 

Under the law, a partylist organization may be disqualified if proven that it received funding from foreign governments or foundations. Also, a partylist that gather 6% or more of the total number of votes cast on the partylist system shall have the maximum 3 seats in congress.

 

“The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung is the benefactor of Akbayan and its allied organizations including the Akbayan Youth. Akbayan has directly and indirectly benefited from the funding and logistical support of this German foundation. It has directly and indirectly aided the electoral activities of Akbayan,” Vasquez stressed.

 

She added that, “Gabriela and Anakpawis are members of the Bayan Muna and Bayan coalition. In fact, the representatives of these groups – Liza Maza of Gabriela and Crispin Beltran of Anakpawis – were the number 2 and 3 nominee-representatives of Bayan Muna in the House of Representatives from 2001 to 2004. The registrations of both organizations circumvented the law and violated the maximum 3 seats rule.”#

“A triumph of principles over money-politics”

May 21, 2007

BABAE KA hails Panlilio’s victory in Pampanga  

     Women’s partylist group Babae para sa Kaunlaran (BABAE KA) has hailed the election victory of Catholic priest Ed Panlilio in the province of Pampanga calling it as “a triumph of principles over money-politics”.

      Ruth Vasquez, president of BABAE KA, also described Panlilio’s win as “a peaceful revolution of the Cabalens against decades of gambling and graft and corruption.” 

     BABAE KA also called on the Filipino people to emulate the “Pampanga experience” by electing somebody “comparable to Father Ed Panlilio” to the presidency in 2010. 

     “It is time for real change in the country’s political landscape, and the Pampanga experience is something that is a very good example that must serve as a starting point,” Vasquez said.

      “The Filipinos must now be very discerning relative to the presidential candidates in 2010. That should become a battle of programs of government and not of media advertisements,” Vasquez added. 

     BABAE KA said that a law must be passed by Congress putting a limit to campaign expenses to enable candidates and parties with genuine pro-people platforms to be at par with candidates with money and resources.#

BABAE KA blames leftist groups for low partylist turnout

May 16, 2007

     Leaders of women’s partylist group Babae para sa Kaunlaran (BABAE KA) has pointed an accusing finger on leftist partylist organizations for the low turnout of voters in Monday’s sector-based election, even as they vowed to pursue disqualification cases against Akbayan, Gabriela and Anakpawis.

 

     “These leftist organizations are to be blamed for the very low voters awareness about the party-list system resulting to a low turnout of participation in Monday’s synchronized national and local elections,” BABAE KA leaders said.

     They added that these groups did not introduce any amendment to the partylist system law except for a proposal to increase the maximum representation of a group from 3 to 6. 

     “These leftists did not even bother to lift a finger to amend the partylist law because they are benefiting from the loopholes in the law. They want their own dynasties within the partylist system. Further, they did nothing to educate the people on the partylist system,” BABAE KA added.

     The group also said that leftist parties like Bayan Muna, Akbayan, Gabriela and Anakpawis are already assured of seats in Congress not because of the popularity of these groups but due to the negotiated votes delivered by local government chief executives.

     BABAE KA chided the leftist organizations for “using gutter politics” instead of focusing on issues and programs during the campaign.

     “These leftists are the worst traditional politicians. They used all forms of black propaganda and dirty tricks just to be able to destroy the credibility of other groups they perceived as against them,” they said.

     BABAE KA said they would lobby for a bill introducing reforms in the partylist system including provisions against dynasties and related matters.

     “Just like any candidate, partylist organizations must have term limits. Further, the partylist system must be reform based. It must also be explicitly stated within the law that pro-administration, anti–administration or neutral organizations could participate so as not to confuse the public that the partylist system is only for anti-government groups,” BABAE KA stated.

     The group also vowed to pursue the disqualification cases it filed against Akbayan, Gabriela and Anakpawis.

     “These groups violated the partylist system law and therefore must be disqualified,” BABAE KA said.##

BABAE KA scores Akbayan, Gabriela

May 10, 2007

     WOMEN’s partylist organization Babae para sa Kaunlaran (BABAE KA) has described the disqualification cases filed against them by Akbayan and Gabriela as “blatantly unconstitutional, anti-women and anti-civil servants” and called on government employees and women to reject “these leftist organizations” in Monday’s sectoral election. 

     Ruth Vasquez, president of BABAE KA, also called Akbayan and Gabriela to withdraw from the electoral race or face genuine disqualification cases. 

     “The partylist election is not a partisan activity as it concerns the marginalized and underprivileged sectors, and women are considered as such. Even government employees have the right to participate as they are allowed by the constitution to form unions and associations for purposes not contrary to law,” Vasquez said. 

     She also described the document being presented by Gabriela as “fake” and “fabricated.” “Gabriela’s so-called evidence is not authentic. It has no bar code or hologram of the Office of the President. Furthermore, it is neither an original copy nor a certified true copy of the alleged document. Clearly, this is fabricated document in the same breath as the ‘Protocols of Zion’,” Vasquez explained. 

     The Protocols of Zion is an antisemitic pamphlet that purports to describe a Jewish plot to achieve world domination. It is one of the most well known and discussed examples of literary forgery. 

     Babae Ka likewise chided Akbayan, Gabriela and other leftist partylist groups for “having delusions that they have the support of the people.” “What happened at Parola on Wednesday was a clear proof that the ordinary masses do not support these prophets of doom,” Vasquez said, referring to the incident at the said compound wherein members of leftist partylist organizations were rejected by the residents of Parola compound in Manila for campaigning against the presence of military personnel in the area. 

     Babae Ka charged that most of the votes of these leftist partylist groups are negotiated with local politicians. “The people do not really support these leftists. In fact, the sample ballots of these groups are being distributed by supporters of local candidates in various municipalities not by their so-called organizational strength. Most of their votes will come from the command bases of the local candidates they have talked to,” Vasquez stressed.

Equal Employment Opportunity, BABAE KA’s pet bill

May 8, 2007

     If you are a woman or a man and looking for a job, you will always see in the advertisements, “female, 20 to 35 years old” or “male, 25 to 40 years old” as one of the qualifications. Not anymore, that is if the proposal of women’s party-list Babae para sa Kaunlaran (Babae Ka) will be enacted by the 14th Congress of the Philippines.

     This proposed law will make it unlawful for any employer to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual or otherwise discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual’s age, gender and religion.

     To be patterned after the Age Discrimination in Employment of 1967″ that was enacted by the United States Congress, even the printing of any employment advertisement that will tend to be discriminatory to age, sex and religion shall be unlawful in this proposal.

Witch-hunt

May 5, 2007

     As described in wikipedia, witch-hunt is a search for witches or evidence of witchcraft, often involving moral panic, mass hysteria and mob lynching.  Witch-hunts still occur in the modern era.  In fact, in the Philippines it also occurs in politics with both rightist and leftist extremists as the perpetrators.

     Recently, Akbayan, Gabriela and other extremist leftist organizations conducted a witch-hunt against so-called party-list “fronts” of the administration.  For months, these leftist mongrels barked on the wrong tree.  We were accused, tried and convicted before the bar of public opinion with Akbayan, Gabriela, Bayan Muna and their leftist groups acting as the accusers, judges and juries.

     The truth has now surfaced and these extremists have been unmasked for this unjust and immoral witch-hunt against Babae Ka. For these lies and disinformation, we demand that Akbayan, Gabriela, Bayan Muna, Anakpawis and their surrogates issue written and verbal public apology.

     But of course, they will never apologize.  The leaders of these groups are so callous.  They even think of themselves as demigods and saviors of the universe.

Babae Ka nominees

May 4, 2007

As previously posted at the website http://babaeka.tripod.com, hereunder are the nominees of Babae para sa Kaunlaran (Babae Ka) Women’s partylist:

1.  Rosalina Q. Dagami, nurse by profession, NGO and social worker, anti-corruption and anti-violence against women advocate. Sally is the chairperson of Babae Ka.

2.  Ruth T. Vasquez, community and religious leaders and organizer, anti-corruption advocate. Ruth is the president of Babae Ka.

3.  Corazon Tumang, businesswoman, cancer victim and patient, and health care advocate. Cora is the vice president of Babae Ka.

4.  Aida Sunga, housewife and community organizer. Aida is the coordinator for CAMANAVA of Babae Ka.

5.  Ma. Luisa Lantin, ob gyne by profession, health worker and active urban poor doctor. Luisa is the treasurer of Babae Ka.

All of them are private citizens. All of them are original officers of Babae Ka Women’s Partylist.

BABAE KA to request COMELEC to reveal 2004 election spending of party-list groups

April 29, 2007

     Manila, April 29. – Officers and members of women’s party-list Babae para sa Kaunlaran (BABAE KA) are set to flock to the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) on Monday, April 30, to request the poll body to reveal the election spending of winning party-list organizations during the 2004 elections even as they scored the whopping Php25 million electoral expenditure of Akbayan party-list.

     Ruth Vasquez, BABAE KA president, announced that the group will file a formal request-letter addressed to COMELEC Chairman Benjamin Abalos, Jr. to make public the 2004 election expenses specifically of Bayan Muna, Gabriela, Anakpawis, Akbayan and other party-list organizations.

     “Akbayan’s Php25 Million expenses in 2004 should be an eye-opener to the Filipino people. This so-called cause-oriented party is not a marginalized group but a multi-millionaire political party. They could not represent the underprivileged sectors,” Vasquez said.

     In an investigative report published in a national broadsheet, it was mentioned that Akbayan spent the said amount during the 2004 national elections.

     “We believe the electoral spending of other leftist party-list groups are the same as the whopping Php25 million of Akbayan or even more than that,” Vasquez said.

     “Where did Akbayan get that much money? From the ten percent commission from projects that Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago exposed? The people’s guess is as good as ours,” she added.

     BABAE KA also lambasted Akbayan for trying to muddle the real issues, saying that election spending is one of the focus that must be discussed in the party-list system.

     “The people have the right to know about the expenditures of these party-list organizations that have representations in Congress. Basing from the propaganda materials they have so far, Akbayan, Bayan Muna, Gabriela and Anakpawis may have spent Php50 million each for this year’s campaign,” Vasquez noted.

Akbayan spent a whopping Php25Million in 2004! It will spend more than Php50Million this year!

April 28, 2007

The cat is out of the bag!

In the April 28, 2007 edition of The Philippine Star, Akbayan was exposed for having spent Php25Million during the 2004 electoral campaign.

For this year’s campaign, Akbayan’s spending will be double or even triple that amount, or around Php50 million to Php75 million. Staggering isn’t it?

Ang yaman na po ng Akbayan. Pero marginalized daw sila at underprivileged.

But the question is: where in the hell did Akbayan get that much money? From the ten percent commission from projects that Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago exposed? Oh well, the people’s guess is as good as ours.

The people have the right to know. Dapat ilabas ang election spending nila. Dapat ilabas din ang election expenditures ng iba pang nagkukunwaring maka-mamamayang party-list.