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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.”#

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.

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.

BABAE KA CATEGORICALLY DENIES GABRIELA’S ACCUSATION

April 20, 2007

PRESS RELEASE

APRIL 21, 2007

“Another propaganda scheme of another leftist organization”BABAE KA CATEGORICALLY DENIES GABRIELA’S ACCUSATION  

 

WOMEN party-list Babae para sa Kaunlaran (BABAE KA) today categorically denied that it is a stooge of Malacañang even as it challenged Gabriela party-list to file a formal complaint.

 

Sally Dagami, BABAE KA chairperson, said that, “For the nth time, we want the Filipino people to know that BABAE KA party-list is not a Malacañang-backed organization. BABAE KA has not received a single centavo from the government.”

 

“Just like Akbayan’s, the accusation of Gabriela is another cheap-shot by another leftist organization that is aimed to generate media projection at our expense. The document that this so-called cause-oriented have shown publicly is a fabrication. BABAE KA knows nothing about this,” Dagami added.

 

Dagami stressed that she has never met an Assistant Secretary Marcelo Fariñas of the Office of External Affairs.

 

“I do not know Mr. Fariñas. In fact, this is the first time I heard of his name,” Dagami stated.

 

 Ruth Vasquez, BABAE KA president, said that, “Mukhang isa na namang kuryente ito, to borrow media’s parlance. Kinukuryente ng Gabriela ang media sa inanunsyo nila.”

 

“The document shown by Gabriela could be written by anybody. It could be a product of the dirty-tricks department of extremist organizations. Wala kaming alam sa mga pinagsasabi nila,” Vasquez explained.

 

Dagami challenged Gabriela to file formal complaints against BABAE KA “so that we could also file formal charges against the leaders of this group.”###

In the news…

April 8, 2007

“For leaking names of party-list nominees”

Babae Ka to petition for Akbayan’s disqualification  

Partylist group Babae para sa Kaunlaran (Babae Ka) today announced its plan to urge the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to disqualify Akbayan Citizen’s Action Party (Akbayan) for “leaking the names of the nominees of different party-list organizations in violation of Comelec rules and regulations.” 

Sally Dagami, BABAE KA chairperson, said that, “The evidences against Akbayan are all documented by the various television and radio stations, and the print media. Nobody in his or her right mind will deny all these.”

Last week, the Comelec threatened with disqualification party-list groups who would reveal the names of nominees in the May 14, 2007 party-list system of elections. 

Comelec Commissioner Resurreccion Borra warned that a sectoral party organization will be disqualified “after proper proceedings and due process and the merit of the case” if it leaks the names of nominees.  

Borra claimed that the identities of party-list nominees should not be revealed or published “so as not to confuse the voters.”

He added that under the law, even the poll body is not allowed to reveal the names of the nominees since they represent the party-list and not the candidates. 

“Akbayan maliciously revealed the names of nominees of other party-list groups to grandstand and serve its selfish motive of gaining media mileage at the expense of legitimate party-list organizations,” explained Ruth Vasquez, president of BABAE KA. 

BABAE KA, according to Vasquez, will file a formal request to disqualify Akbayan. The group will also encourage other party-list groups to petition for the Akbayan’s exclusion in the party-list system of election. 

“Based on the official statement of the Comelec, Akbayan has clearly violated the party-list system law and trampled upon the rights of legitimate party-list organizations. Thus, we call on all party-list groups to unite for the purpose of disqualifying Akbayan, the violator of our democratic rights,” Vasquez said. ###

BABAE KA

April 1, 2007

BABAE KA CONDEMNS AKBAYAN

 “Accusation is a cheapshot aimed at gathering media mileage at our expense”

     The Babae para sa Kaunlaran or BABAE KA condemns in the strongest possible words the unfounded accusation of Akbayan that the former is an “administration front”. This is nothing but a cheap shot aimed at gathering media mileage at our expense and that of other legitimate party-list organizations.

     BABAE KA is not a government-controlled party-list organization. BABAE KA is a legitimate organization existing since 2005 and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) before being accredited by the Commission on Elections (Comelec). It submitted all the requirements and went through the legal process. It has organizational presence in majority of the regions and provinces of the country.

     As an organization, BABAE KA never received even a centavo of assistance from the Philippine government. It will support programs of government that it deems as pro-people. However, BABAE KA will be critical of programs that shall negatively affect Filipino women and the people, in general. 

     Unlike its accuser, BABAE KA has no political agenda or ideology except to advance the rights and welfare of women and the Filipinos, as a whole. BABAE KA views itself as a centrist organization and not a leftist or rightist coalition.  BABAE KA does not have multimillion pesos in campaign funds like AKBAYAN but it has the logistics garnered from its officers and members and the organizational network around the country that will guarantee a decent and possibly victorious campaign.

     BABAE KA urges AKBAYAN leaders to be true to their written program and to stop engaging in gutter politics and mudslinging. BABAE KA also urges AKBAYAN to be brave enough and militant enough to admit its mistake and apologize publicly. 

     For more information, please visit the BABAE KA website at http://babaeka.tripod.com.