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HB 634 update: Manila solon blocks 2nd reading of Anti-Discrimination bill November 27, 2006

Posted by s511 in gays and lesbians, Human Rights, Legislation.
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We are making available to the public a verbatim copy of Manila Rep. Bienvenido Abante’s speech last Nov. 20 seeking to block the proposed Anti-Discrimination Law or House Bill 634 and House Bill 3773 or the proposed Reproductive Rights Health Law.

By blocking this measure, Rep. Abante warns against “invoking the wrath of God” if such measures were approved. He also said, among others, that “to penalize acts which they (LGBTs) claim to be discriminatory to them, they are, in truth and in fact, creatig another facet of discrimination, and this time, a discrimination (sic) is directed against the straight-laced men and women in our society who have equally valuable rights as the LGBTI (sic).”

HB 634 and HB 3773 were scheduled for 2nd reading two weeks ago but Abante stood up and questioned the quorum. Twice. Democracy at work or bigotry using the same old tricks in the book? You judge.

Download Abante’s backward speech here .

For more information regarding the campaign to enact HB 634, visit LAGABLAB’s website .


Manifestation on the Lingering case of Rep. Crispin “Ka Bel” Beltran November 20, 2006

Posted by s511 in Human Rights, left killings, Political Crisis, Press Releases.
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November 14, 2006
Mr. speaker I would like to rise on a matter relating to the continued detention of Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran. It has been months since Ka Bel was arrested in the wake of the supposed February 24 botched coup attempt and the subsequent declaration of a State of National Emergency.


PCGG should back off and give up hopeless pursuit of Arelma decision November 8, 2006

Posted by s511 in Human Rights, Marcos Wealth.
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Akbayan Rep. Etta Rosales today called on the PCGG to give up its hopeless pursuit of the US 9th Circuit Appelate Court decision junking the PCGG’s motion for reconsideration to get government’s hands on $35-million worth of Marcos assets in a dummy corporation called Arelma.


Speech: A Call to Revisit and Strengthen the Overseas Absentee Voting Law November 8, 2006

Posted by s511 in Legislation, OFWs, party-list system and elections.
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November 7, 2006

Mr. Spekaer, I rise today to speak on a matter that relates to our continuing efforts at empowering Filipinos no matter where they may be located – here or abroad. The Overseas Absentee Voting Law was enacted in February 13, 2003 to enable otherwise disenfranchised Filipinos to have a say in the way that this government is run by upholding their right to suffrage.

Republic Act No. 9189 was enacted pursuant to the constitutional mandate provided under Section 2 of the 1987 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines that “The Congress shall, among others, provide a system for absentee voting by qualified Filipinos abroad.”


Akbayan rep calls for review of absentee voting law November 8, 2006

Posted by s511 in Legislation, OFWs, party-list system and elections, Press Releases.
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Akbayan Representative Etta Rosales today called on the legislature to draw attention to amending the overseas absentee voting law to enable more OFWs to vote in next year’s elections.

Ina privilege speech delivered Tuesday at the House of Representatives, Rosales said “With the past elections marred in so much controversy, it is the absentee votes that could put a definite swing towards greater transparency and accountability in our leadership with a process that has proven fraud-free so far.”