|Women activists leave the Philippines despite harassment from immigration officials|
|Written by Administrator|
|Monday, 13 August 2007 19:00|
University of Southern California Professor and Gabriela Network (GabNet) National Chairperson Dr. Annalisa Enrile, plus two other colleagues were able to leave the Philippines early this morning after defiantly attempting to board planes after an embattled ten-day fight with several Philippine governmental agencies.
The three human rights activists were informed last week that their names were on a "watchlist" put out by the Philippine Government when Dr. Enrile attempted to board a flight to Los Angeles from Manila last Aug. 5. The US-born Enrile was returning home from leading a Philippine immersion program for masters students of the USC School of Social Work, which included the group's attendance at the 10th annual Women's International Solidarity Affair in the Philippines.
Consul General Cecilia Rebong from New York claimed she was unaware of the situation when approached by Gabriela Network members, despite being interviewed by local radio station WBAI thirty minutes before. After much pressure from a raucous crowd and a delegation that consisted of local chapter GabNet Chair Ivy Quicho, members of the media, as well as the parents and husband of Dr. Enrile, Los Angeles Consul General Mary Jo Aragon maintained contact with Ms. Quicho throughout the night to advise her of her efforts to ensure the GabNet 3's safe return to the US.