Kilusang Bagong Lipunan
|New Society Movement|
|Merged into||Nacionalista Party|
|Colors||Blue, White, Red|
|Seats in the Senate|
|Seats in the House of Representatives|
|Politics of Philippines
The Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (Filipino for "New Society Movement"), formerly the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan ng Nagkakaisang Nacionalista, Liberal, at iba pa, (Filipino for "New Society Movement of United Nationalists, Liberals, et coetera"), is a political party in the Philippines. It was formed in 1978, as an umbrella coalition of parties supporting then-President Ferdinand E. Marcos for the Interim Batasang Pambansa (National Assembly), and was his political vehicle during his rule. In the post-Marcos era, it was reorganised as a political party in 1986.
There are no results available of the last elections for the House of Representatives, but according to the website of the House, the party holds 1 out of 237 seats (state of the parties, June 2007). The seat, as of 2007, belonged to then-Rep. (now Senator) Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. of Ilocos Norte, who is the son of the former president. The party still enjoys great support in President Marcos' home province of Ilocos Norte, but retains little outside of it.
There has been confusion recently in the 2007 election campaign within the party which stems from the recent endorsement (allegedly by the KBL) of Marcos loyalist lawyer Oliver Lozano to dubious senatorial candidate Joselito Pepito "Peter" Cayetano, who was the namesake of Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano, an opposition stalwart. Rep. Cayetano said that Gov. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr., who is the president of the KBL, has certified that Joselito Cayetano has no party affiliation whatsoever with the KBL and that no endorsement was called for his namesake's candidacy. More recently, Marcos has denounced loyalist lawyer and senatorial candidate Oliver Lozano along with his candidates for turning the KBL into an "embarrassment". Marcos said that the party leadership will deal with the "renegade members" of the KBL after the elections.
On November 20, 2009, the KBL forged an alliance with the Nacionalista Party (NP) between Bongbong Marcos and NP Chairman Senator Manny Villar at the Laurel House in Mandaluyong City. Bongbong was later on removed as a member by the KBL National Executive Committee on November 23. As such, the NP broke its alliance with the KBL due to internal conflicts within the party, though Bongbong remained part of the NP Senatorial line-up.
Candidates for the Philippine general election, 2010
- Vetellano Acosta - Presidential Candidate (disqualified & lost)
- Jay Sonza - Vice Presidential Candidate (lost)
- Senatorial slate:
- Ferdinand Marcos—10th Philippine President, Senate President, Congressman
- Imelda Romualdez-Marcos—First Lady, Minister of Human Settlements, Governor, Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary, Congresswoman
Notable former members
- Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. (Moved to Nacionalista Party) Vice-Governor, Governor, Congressman, Senator
- Imee Marcos (Moved to Nacionalista Party) Governor, Congresswoman