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The nominees of Babae para sa Kaunlaran (Babae Ka) Women’s partylist are:


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 and original officers of Babae Ka Women’s Partylist. All of them are consistent pro-women, pro-family and pro-people.


March 10, 2007
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APRIL 21, 2007


“Another propaganda scheme of another leftist organization”




WOMEN party-list Babae para sa Kaunlaran (BABAE KA) today categorically denied that it is a stooge of Malacaņang 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 Malacaņang-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 Fariņas of the Office of External Affairs.


“I do not know Mr. Fariņas. 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.”###


19 APRIL 2007



Babae Ka to push for equal employment opportunity law



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 15th Congress of the Philippines.


Babae Ka chairperson Sally Dagami today announced that the group would prioritize the passage of the “equal employment opportunity law” which will ban discrimination by age, gender and religion in the process of employment.


“Discrimination in employment is illegal and immoral. It has been practiced in this country and the Department of Labor and Employment has done nothing about it. It is about time that this discrimination especially against women who are pregnant and all citizens who are above 35 years old be considered an offense punishable with imprisonment,” Dagami explained.


Ruth Vasquez, president of Babae Ka, stated that the group is finalizing research work on the preparation of a bill on equal employment opportunity.


“Given the chance we make it to Congress, this will be the very first proposed law that Babae Ka will file. The ‘Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 2007’ which will be patterned before the ‘Age Discrimination Act of 1967’ that was enacted by the Congress of the United States,” Vasquez said.


The proposal, Vasquez noted, 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.


“In this proposed bill of Babae Ka, even the printing of any employment advertisement that will tend to be discriminatory to age, sex and religion shall be unlawful,” Vasquez added.




17 APRIL 2007



“Loopholes in party-list law”

Babae Ka blames Akbayan’s inaction


Women’s party-list group Babae para sa Kaunlaran (BABAE KA) today lambasted the Citizen’s Action Party (Akbayan) for its failure to push for “pro-people and pro-poor” amendments to the party-list system law.


Sally Dagami, Babae Ka chairperson said that, “This self-proclaimed cause-oriented group did not even bother to introduce a bill amending the party-list law because it is benefiting from the loopholes in the law.”


Babae Ka also chided Akbayan for failing to author a legislation that would oblige party-list groups to reveal their nominees publicly.


“Anim na taon na sila sa Kongreso. Nitong nakaraang tatlong taon ay tatlo pa ang kanilang kinatawan pero kahit isang batas ay walang naipasa ang grupong ito. Ngayon sila daldal ng daldal samantalang noong may sesyon ang Kongreso ay hindi sila nagpasa ng batas na magtatakda sa paglabas ng pangalan ng mga nominado,” Dagami said.


“Sa loob ng tatlong taon, yung isang kinatawan nila ay pitong panukalang batas lang ang nagawa. Yung isa naman ay labing-tatlo, at yung isa dalawampu’t siyam nga pero puro kinopya lang naman sa mga panukala ng ibang mambabatas,” Dagami added.


The Commission on Elections last week said that the party-list system is “vague and flawed” and it should be amended.


Commissioner Rene Sarmiento lamented that the poll body is “taking all the punches” in its decision not to make public the list of nominees when it is simply enforcing the law.


“The law is flawed. It should be re-examined because it is vague. I believe Congress should pass a new law or amend the existing one to spell out the nuances of the party-list law,” Sarmiento said.


“Under the law, an aspiring party-list group only needs to meet the requirements set forth in it to get accredited. However, some groups like Akbayan has dubious intentions. They obviously want to take advantage of the loopholes in the law to gain media mileage. But the question is whose fault was it? It’s really theirs,” Dagami said.#


16 APRIL 2007


“Kontra Daya is not a genuine election watchdog”

Babae Ka dares Guingona, Dizon to reveal affiliations of other partylist groups



Women partylist group Babae para sa Kaunlaran (Babae Ka) today dared the Citizens Against Fraudulent Elections or Kontra-Daya to bare affiliations of other party-list groups even as it reiterated that it is not a Malacanang-backed organization.


“Babae Ka challenges former vice president Teofisto Guingona and Father Joe Dizon of Kontra Daya to be fair to all concerned and reveal the ideological connections of alleged leftist and rightist party-list organizations, as well as those identified with the opposition,” Sally Dagami, Babae Ka chairperson.


“These leftist and rightist organizations and those in the opposition are themselves capable of committing fraud through terrorism. Further, they also could destabilize the government through various forms of actions,” Dagami added.



Dagami lamented that Kontra Daya is biased against organizations not identified with the opposition.


“New party-list organizations not within their influence are immediately labeled as pro-administration and bogus while those in the opposition are hailed as genuine and pro-people, and that is unfair. They are not the only ones capable of serving the people. In fact, they have failed to serve the best welfare of the people,” Dagami said.


Babae Ka, Dagami explained, will not be influenced by Malacaņang and the opposition, as well as by leftist and rightist groups.


Ruth Vasquez, Babae Ka president, alleged that Kontra Daya is not a genuine election watchdog but an adjunct of the opposition.


“This self-proclaimed coalition against electoral fraud is an alliance of the opposition and leftist organizations. It is not a genuine electoral watchdog as it is not capable of conducting nationwide grassroots level activities. It is a mere propaganda front with some second-rated personalities of the legal left and the opposition,” Vasquez said.#

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“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. ###



APRIL 2, 2007


“Rep. Rosales lied on national television”



Partylist group Babae para sa Kaunlaran (BABAE KA) today accused Akbayan of using its position to discriminate against Filipino women even as it challenged Rep. Loreta Ann Rosales to issue a public apology for spreading lies and disinformation about the organization.


"Filipino women have the Constitutional right to self-organization and to campaign for legitimate issues and concerns. To question these rights is to discriminate against women. Akbayan's tirade against BABAE KA is violative of the Philippine Constitution and numerous laws of the land protecting women's rights," said Ruth Vasquez, president of BABAE KA.



“In a desperate attempt to save face, Rep. Rosales even lied last week on national television when she blabbered having met BABAE KA Chairperson Sally Dagami who allegedly admitted to being employed with Malacaņang’s Office of External Affairs. Rosales also lied when she said that BABAE KA admitted being assisted by Malacaņang. These are farthest from the truth and are mere black propaganda aimed to gather media mileage to boost Akbayan’s faltering image.” Vasquez said.


“All the 5 nominees of BABAE KA are not government employees,” Vasquez added.


BABAE KA officers also revealed that Akbayan is a party-list coalition with members among civil servants including professors of the University of the Philippines and union leaders in several government agencies.


“Unlike Akbayan, BABAE KA will never question the Constitutional rights of any public servant. We will remain true to our principles and we will always respect the rights of our fellow Filipinos,” Vasquez pointed-out.


“We were accused, tried and convicted before the bar of public opinion with Etta Rosales and her Akbayan hatchet-men acting as the accuser, judge and jury. But the truth will surely surface and Akbayan will be unmasked for this unjust and anti-women witch-hunt. For these lies and disinformation, we demand that Akbayan issue a written and verbal public apology,” Vasquez said.###






Biyernes, Marso 30, 2007




Itinatanggi ng ilang party-list group na nasa listahan ni Akbayan Rep. Loretta Anne Rosales na sila'y pakawala ng Malacaņang.


Ayon sa report, hinamon pa ng Babae Ka party-list group si Rosales na humingi sa kanila ng tawad.


“Nananawagan kami sa inyo na humingi kayo ng public apology sa amin. Sapagkat walang katotohanan ang ibinibintang niyo sa amin,” pahayag ni Maria Corazon Tumang, pangalawang pangulo ng Babae Ka.






Babae Ka holds press con, pickets Akbayan office


AN INDIGNATION! That was the main theme of the press conference of Babae para sa Kaunlaran (BABAE KA) at the Bacolod Chicken Inasal inside the Quezon Memorial Circle on Friday, 23rd of March 2007.


Attended by more than 100 leaders and members of BABAE KA, the press conference presented the organization’s position against Akbayan’s accusation.


BABAE KA is not a Malacaņang stooge. It has not received even a centavo of assistance from government,” declared the leaders of the organization.


Before and after the press conference, officers and members of BABAE KA also picketed the office of Akbayan at 101 Matalino St., Teacher’s Village West, Diliman, Quezon City.


BABAE KA is a legitimate organization advocating the democratic rights and welfare of Filipino women and the people, in general. By questioning the existence of BABAE KA, this pseudo militant organization called Akbayan is trampling on our Constitutional right to self-organization,” BABAE KA leaders said.


BABAE KA shall not be cowed by the usual bullying tactics of Etta Rosales and her Akbayan. We know the leaders of this organization, their backgrounds and their ideologies. We know who they really are.”





MARCH 21, 2007



“Accusation is a cheap shot for media mileage at our expense”


The Babae para sa Kaunlaran or BABAE KA condemns in the strongest words possible the unfounded accusation of Akbayan. This is 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, as well as to fulfill its 2004 election promises to those who campaigned and voted for them.



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