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|Headquarters||36-B Madasalin, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City|
|Youth wing||Akbayan Youth|
|International affiliation||Progressive Alliance|
|Colors||Red, Green, and Purple|
|Slogan||Sa Akbayan, Panalo ang Mamamayan! (With Akbayan, the People Win!)|
|Seats in the Senate||
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|Seats in the House of Representatives||
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- 1 History
- 2 Campaigns
- 3 Organizational structure
- 4 Legislative record
- 5 Electoral performance
- 6 Representatives to Congress
- 7 Candidates for 2013 elections
- 8 Candidates for 2016 elections
- 9 References
- 10 External links
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Opposition to extremism
Akbayan is also noted to be a leading member of the Democratic Left community in the Philippines  (leftist groups who are not affiliated with the Communist Party of the Philippines). It has been critical of abuses committed by some members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) against fellow activists. It has also been critical of the Communist Party of the Philippines – National Democratic Front – New People's Army's (CPP-NDF-NPA) atrocities in the countryside especially against peasant groups and communities against the Maoist group's extortion activities. Due to its stance against Rightwing extremism (from some elements of the AFP) and from the Extreme Left (CPP-NPA-NDF), Akbayan has been a target by both political groups.
During the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Akbayan was among the opposition groups which was severely repressed by the government. It was also during this time that because of government intimidation that Akbayan suffered its lowest number of votes in 2007 with just well over 400,000 votes.
In 2009, Akbayan supported the presidential candidacy of then Senator Benigno Simeon Aquino III. Fueled by the popular discontent with the outgoing administration of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Aquino won the presidency by a huge margin. This was also the first time that Akbayan was able to breach the 1 million vote mark, its best performance so far. The votes it garnered was 200,000 votes more than the last time it secured three seats in the House of Representatives. However, it failed to secure three seats owing to a Supreme Court decision which ensured that only the leading partylist (Ako Bicol at that time) in the election would secure three seats.
Akbayan has been noted to oppose the increased incursions of the People's Republic of China (PRC) naval and coast guard vessels into Philippine territorial waters and within the country's 200-nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
This increased opposition to Chinese occupation has even earned the criticism from the Communist Party of the Philippines' (CPP) top leader, Jose Maria Sison. The CPP is largely seen by many experts as supportive of the communist government of China.
- Republic Act 9189 – The Overseas Absentee Voting Act of 2003
- Republic Act 9481 – Right to Labor Self-Organization Law
- Republic Act 9502 – Cheaper and Quality Medicines Law
- Republic Act 9700 – Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms (CARPER) Law
- Republic Act 10354 – Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law
- Republic Act 10351 – Restructuring the Excise Tax on Alcohol and Tobacco or The Sin Tax Law
- Republic Act 10368 – Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013
- Republic Act 10667 – Philippine Competition Act
- Republic Act 10028 – Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Law
- Republic Act 10742 – Sangguniang Kabataan Reform Law
- Republic Act 10643 – Graphic Health Warning Law
Akbayan is only one of two parties (the other is Butil) to win seats in all party list elections in the Philippines. Furthermore, Akbayan is the only party to surpass the 2% election threshold in all elections.
House of Representatives party-list elections
Representatives to Congress
|Period||1st Representative||2nd Representative||3rd Representative|
- ^1 Resigned last March 16, 2015.
- ^2 Replaced resigned representative Walden Bello, sworn May 13, 2015.
Candidates for 2013 elections
- Risa Hontiveros – Senator
- Arlene "Kaka" Bag-ao – District Representative, Dinagat Islands (under Liberal Party)
- Walden F. Bello – 1st Nominee, Party-list
- Ibarra M. Gutierrez III – 2nd Nominee, Party-list
- Angelina Ludovice Katoh – 3rd Nominee, Party-list
- Sylvia Estrada Claudio – 4th Nominee, Party-list
- Francis Q. Isaac – 5th Nominee, Party-list
- Edwin A. Bustillos – 6th Nominee, Party-list
Candidates for 2016 elections
- Risa Hontiveros – Senator
- Tomasito Villarin – 1st Nominee, Partylist
- Barry Gutierrez III – 2nd Nominee, Partylist 1
- Angelina Katoh – 3rd Nominee, Partylist
- Rafaela Mae David – 4th Nominee, Partylist
- Doris Obena – 5th Nominee, Partylist
- Mylene Hega – 6th Nominee, Partylist
- Cenon Nolasco – 7th Nominee, Partylist
- Pat Ibay – Councilor (District 1, Pasay City)
- Ileana Ibay – Councilor (District 2, Pasay City)
- Alvin Dizon – Councilor (District 1, Cebu City) 2
- Bañes, Sergio Jr. – Councilor (Estancia, Iloilo)
- Chu, Edgar – Councilor (Estancia, Iloilo)
- "Llamas hits Reds' tag on 'democratic left'". philstar.com. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
- "Akbayan feels Esperon praise a left-handed compliment". Retrieved 25 February 2016.
- "Akbayan chides Bayan Muna & affiliates for falling into the AFP's 'divide & rule' strategy : Indybay". Indybay. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
- "Philippine Party says China violated its seas : Indybay". Indybay. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
- Rodel Rodis. "Are Filipinos united against China's invasion of Ayungin?". Retrieved 25 February 2016.
- "ON PHILIPPINE SOVEREIGNTY, US & CHINA". Jose Maria Sison. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
- "China's Quest". Retrieved 25 February 2016.
- "R.A. 9189". Retrieved 25 February 2016.
- "R.A. 9481". Retrieved 25 February 2016.
- "R.A. 9502". Retrieved 25 February 2016.
- "R.A. 9700". Retrieved 25 February 2016.
- "Republic Act No. 10354". Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
- "Republic Act No. 10368". Retrieved 25 February 2016.
- No more 'business as usual' as Competition bill nears enactment – Akbayan Party List
- "Bello resigns as Akbayan representative, calls Aquino disgraceful". Inquirer News. 2015-03-11. Retrieved 2015-04-08.
- "Akbayan names Bello's replacement in Congress". Rappler.com. 2015-05-13. Retrieved 2015-07-12.