12 May 2007
Reference: Emmi de Jesus, 0917- 3221203 / 371-2302
WOMEN IN WHITE WALK FOR CLEAN AND HONEST ELECTIONS
Armed with brooms, flyswatters and ladles, the women of Gabriela vowed they would use all "arms" at hand to defend the votes of Gabriela Women's Party, the only women's sectoral representative in the 13th Congress.
"We are well aware that there is a grand scheme against progressive partylists like Gabriela Women's Party, and we are calling on all women to be vigilant against misinformation, disenfranchisement and fraud," said Emmi de Jesus, Gabriela Secretary General.
Clad in white, the women's group marched from Sta. Cruz Church to the Commission on Elections this morning to call for clean and honest elections.
"Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo owes her seat in Malacañang to systematic fraud and dirty machinations and she can only maintain presidency by cheating her opposition. Any "Hello Garci 2" operation is bound to fail. We will protect our votes and defend our democratic right to choose our representation, " added de Jesus.
De Jesus added that they have hundreds of women volunteers for poll and canvass watch nationwide. "Young women, mothers, professionals and even elderly women have volunteered their time and resources to protect the votes of Gabriela Women's Party. We are confident that with this spirit, Gabriela Women's Party will win in this partylist elections."
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