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MANILA, Philippines -- About 100 women workers from the labor group Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) trooped to the residence of celebrity and the president's sister Kris Aquino early Monday morning to seek her support for the immediate passage of the Reproductive Health Bill.
A statement from PM said aside from women workers from their group, members of the Public Services Labor Independent Confederation (PSLINK), United Cavite Workers Association (UCWA) and Women’s Day Off, and the Reproductive Health Advocacy Network (RHAN) gathered at the Gabriela Silang Monument (Ayala Triangle) in Makati City early this morning before proceeding to Aquino's home at One Roxas Triangle.
The laborers carried with them posters with Aquino’s image and slogan that read: "Women labor for RH; Kris, endorse the RH bill” and also carried cans of milk labeled “RH milk” that depicted Aquino’s endorsement of a milk products for children.
“As the country’s top celebrity endorser with countless fans among women workers, we sincerely hope that Kris will also endorse the RH bill,” said PM Secretary General Judy Ann Miranda. “Kris owes her success partly from women of the working class who supports her, the fans who do not only watch her shows on television and movies in cinemas but also patronize the products she endorses.”
“We hope you understand the predicament of poor and working women when it comes to maternal health problems and family planning. Affluent women may have the same difficulties but it is totally a different story where poor women are concerned,” she added.
The passage of the RH bill is one of the Labor Day demands of Partido ng Manggagawa, PSLINK, UCWA and Women’s Day Off in tomorrow’s celebration of the International Labor Day worldwide.