‘Babae Ka’ Hits Back at Gabriela, Denies Malacanang Ties

Apr. 23, 2007

MANILA — Women party-list Babae para sa Kaunlaran (BABAE KA) today categorically denied that it is a stooge of Malacaang 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 Malacaang-backed organization. BABAE KA has not requested and has not received a single centavo from the government.

Just like Akbayans, 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 party have shown publicly is most probably a fabrication. BABAE KA knows nothing about this, Dagami added.

Dagami stressed that she has never met an Assistant Secretary Marcelo Farias of the Office of External Affairs.

I do not know Mr. Farias. 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 medias 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.

Are these documents authentic? We should ask Rep. Masa where they got the alleged documents. Who gave it to them? If the said documents really exist, where are the original copies or at least certified true copies? We have the right to ask these questions and know about all these. And Rep. Masa has a lot of explaining to do, Dagami said.###


Ruth Vasquez, 09198286402 and (02) 8827623
1287 Bo. Visaya St., Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati City

Sally Dagami, 09214379605, 09266971406 and 09285026487

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