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Akbayan holds mass for Marcos victims and passage of compensation bill February 19, 2007

Posted by s511 in Human Rights, Legislation, Marcos Wealth.
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Akbayan party-list today held a mass at the South Wing lobby of the House of Representatives to commemorate the victims of the Marcos regime in line with the pending approval of the compensation bill into law.

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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 .

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.”

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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.”

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Akbayan rep decries harassment of cross-dresser at Metrowalk resto July 11, 2006

Posted by s511 in gays and lesbians, Human Rights, Legislation, Press Releases.
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AKBAYAN Rep. Etta Rosales today called for an investigation into discriminatory practices against gays and lesbians in establishments after a bar in Metrowalk allegedly discriminated against a gay impersonator last week.

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Explanation of Vote re Abolition of Death Penalty June 7, 2006

Posted by s511 in Akbayan Issues, Death Penalty, Explanation of Votes, Human Rights, Legislation, Speeches.
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(from official transcript of records)

June 6, 2006, 8:25 p.m.
Plenary 2nd Session
Thirteenth Congress

I vote yes for the repeal of Republic Act 7659 abolishing the imposition of the death penalty.

May I just say – express my appreciation to my colleagues here in the House of Representatives because the campaign for the abolition of death penalty goes a long way from the Eleventh Congress. I do remember that in the Eleventh Congress there was a moratorium on the implementation of the death penalty law but the Supreme Court decided to push for the enforcement of the law – Republic Act 7659. And this was brought about precisely because they were convinced by the position of the House of Representatives. There was a list of the Members of the House who felt that in fact the death penalty should be imposed and that the moratorium, if I am not mistaken, should be lifted.

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It is Time to Abolish the Death Penalty June 6, 2006

Posted by s511 in Akbayan Issues, Death Penalty, Explanation of Votes, Legislation, Speeches.
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June 6, 2006, 8:25 p.m.
Plenary 2nd Session
Thirteenth Congress

I vote yes for the repeal of Republic Act 7659 abolishing the imposition of the death penalty.

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AKBAYAN solon insists on legislative action towards full abolition of death pen, not just through commutations April 18, 2006

Posted by s511 in Akbayan Issues, Death Penalty, Human Rights, Legislation, Press Releases.
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AKBAYAN Party-List Representative Etta Rosales today said that more than a presidential pronouncement; the death penalty should be abolished altogether through the enactment of a pending law.

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COMELEC is wasting taxpayers’ money on signature drive verification April 4, 2006

Posted by s511 in Akbayan Issues, electoral reform, graft and corruption, Legislation, Press Releases.
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The Commission on Elections is again playing the part of Malacañang’s dummy with its insistence on verifying the signatures collected by the Sigaw ng Bayan movement for a people’s initiative. It feels like 2004 all over again with a compliant COMELEC risking charges of contempt, graft and malversation just to complement Malacañang’s blessing on the cha-cha train.

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CA decision over automotive case threatens jobs July 7, 2005

Posted by s511 in labor, Legislation, Press Releases.
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AKBAYAN Party-List Representative Etta Rosales today expressed frustration over the Court of Appeals decision denying an appeal on its February ruling that reversed a 2002 ban on the importation of used vehicles.

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