MANILA, 9March2016 – The College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) joined Tuesday’s rally of women from all sectors in celebration of the International Women’s Day at Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila, and called on women advocates to hold the government accountable for the rampant abuse experienced by women and their children under Aquino’s six-year rule.
Citing statistics from Gabriela Women’s Party-list, CEGP national president Marc Lino Abila said that women still remain one of the most vulnerable sectors in the Philippine society under the Aquino administration.
“From 2010 to 2014, violations of Anti-Violence against Women and their Children Act increased by 200 percent. Number or recorded rape cases also increased by 92 percent from 5,132 to 9,875 for the same time period, with one woman or child raped every 53 minutes. For the longest time, welfare of women and children has been neglected, and these numbers prove that Aquino’s ‘tuwid na daan’ is not different in leaving the vulnerable sector at the sidelines,” Abila said.
“To add insult to the injury, thousands of these cases remain as bitter statistics. Compared to the number of violations, only few of the perpetrators are put behind bars, and even fewer are convicted. Indeed, impunity is Aquino’s response to the glaring abuses faced by women and their children,” he furthered.
In addition to the patriarchal orientation of the society which contributes to these abuses, the CEGP president also explained that poverty pushes women to the brink of exploitation, as they are forced to get into jobs that put them at risk of abuse just to make ends meet.
“In light of the dismal living conditions experienced by women, we call on every Filipino—not just women advocates—to stand up against all forms of violation of women’s rights. The May elections serve as a great platform for championing such advocacies, and it is imperative that we examine each candidate’s plan of action to address these issues,” Abila said. [BicolToday.com]