The Amihan National Federation of Peasant Women joins the broad alliance of the toiling masses in supporting Anakpawis in its bid for the partylist race for the 2022 elections. The group made its declaration in time for the militant partylist group’s 7th national convention held in Quezon City today.

“Simula pa noong 2004, mahigpit nang katuwang ng kababaihang magbubukid ang Anakpawis sa paggigiit ng karapatan ng kababaihang magbubukid para magkaroon ng karapatan sa lupa at kaagapay sa paglaban sa mga abuso at diskriminasyon sa kanayunan,” Amihan and Anakpawis Partylist secretary general Cathy Estavillo said.

“Sa loob at labas ng Kongreso, mahigpit na katuwang ng mga magsasaka, manggagawa, maralitang tagalunsod, mangingisda, manggagawa sa agrikultura, kababaihan at kabataan sa panawagan para sa lupa, sahod, trabaho, paninirahan at karapatan,” Estavillo added.

“As many poor families from the marginalized sectors are suffering from loss of livelihood due to the prolonged militarist lockdowns, it is timely to step up the campaign for ayuda, livelihood and rights and the genuine representation of the marginalized in Congress,” Estavillo said.

During its term, Anakpawis authored bills including the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill (GARB) that pushes free land distribution to poor farmers, the P750 National Minimum Wage, Anti-contractualization bill, Free Irrigation Services, distribution of the multi-billion peso coconut levy fund to small coconut farmers, Rice Industry Development Act (RIDA), Manila Bay as “Reclamation Free” zone, and the repeal of Oil Deregulation Law and TRAIN Law.

Anakpawis has also filed numerous resolutions to investigate various agrarian disputes and human rights violations against farmers and farming communities.

It has also staunchly opposed the Duterte government’s tyrannical measures and has been consistent in its stand to defend the country’s sovereignty and the need for independent foreign policy including its stand against China’s encroachment on the West Philippine Sea, Charter Change and Rice Liberalization Law. ###

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