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President Machris Cabreros
Chairman Risa Hontiveros
Secretary-General Kit Melgar
Founded January 1998
Headquarters 36-B Madasalin, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City
Youth wing Akbayan Youth
Membership 100,000
Ideology Participatory politics
Democratic socialism[1]
Social Democracy
Political position Centre-left to left-wing[1]
International affiliation Progressive Alliance
Colors                Red, Green, and Purple
Slogan Sa Akbayan, Panalo ang Mamamayan! (With Akbayan, the People Win!)
Seats in the Senate
1 / 24
Seats in the House of Representatives
2 / 297

The Akbayan Citizens' Action Party is a democratic socialist political party in the Philippines. Its primary ideology is participatory democracy and participatory socialism.


Akbayan is also noted to be a leading member of the Democratic Left community in the Philippines.[2][1] (leftist groups who are not affiliated with the Communist Party of the Philippines).[1] It has been critical of abuses committed by some members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) against fellow activists.[3] It has also been critical of the Communist Party of the Philippines – National Democratic FrontNew People's Army's (CPP-NDF-NPA) actions 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.[4]

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.

Akbayan members protesting granting of bail for former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for plunder charges

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 mobilization in front of Chinese Consular Office protesting the Chinese's incursions into the Philippines' Exclusive Economic Zone

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).[5][6]

Legislative record[edit]

Akbayan members calling for the passage of the CARPER Law
Creative action for the passage of the Reproductive Health Law in 2012

Electoral performance[edit]

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[edit]

Election Votes  % Seats
1998 232,376 2.54% 1
2001 377,852 2.50% 1
2004 852,473 6.70% 3
2007 466,112 2.92% 2
2010 1,058,691 3.50% 2
2013 827,405 3.02% 2
2016 608,449 TBD 1

Representatives to Congress[edit]

Period 1st Representative 2nd Representative 3rd Representative
11th Congress
Loretta Ann P. Rosales
12th Congress
Mayong Aguja
13th Congress
Risa Hontiveros
14th Congress
Risa Hontiveros
Walden Bello
15th Congress
Walden Bello
Kaka Bag-ao
16th Congress
Walden Bello1
Angelina Ludovice-Katoh2
Barry Gutierrez
17th Congress
Tomasito Villarin
^1 Resigned last March 16, 2015.[17]
^2 Replaced resigned representative Walden Bello, sworn May 13, 2015.[18]

Candidates for 2013 elections[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • 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)
^1 also the spokesperson of Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid
^2 ran under the Liberal Party (LP)


  1. ^ a b c d e "Southeast Asia In The New International Era". 2016. Retrieved April 19, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Llamas hits Reds' tag on 'democratic left'". philstar.com. Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Akbayan feels Esperon praise a left-handed compliment". Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  4. ^ "Akbayan chides Bayan Muna & affiliates for falling into the AFP's 'divide & rule' strategy : Indybay". Indybay. Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "Philippine Party says China violated its seas : Indybay". Indybay. Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  6. ^ Rodel Rodis. "Are Filipinos united against China's invasion of Ayungin?". Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "R.A. 9189". Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  8. ^ "R.A. 9481". Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  9. ^ "R.A. 9502". Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  10. ^ "R.A. 9700". Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  11. ^ "Republic Act No. 10354". Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  12. ^ http://www.lawphil.net/statutes/repacts/ra2012/ra_10351_2012.html
  13. ^ "Republic Act No. 10368". Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  14. ^ No more 'business as usual' as Competition bill nears enactment – Akbayan Party List
  15. ^ http://www.lawphil.net/statutes/repacts/ra2010/ra_10028_2010.html
  16. ^ http://www.gov.ph/2014/07/15/republic-act-no-10643/
  17. ^ "Bello resigns as Akbayan representative, calls Aquino disgraceful". Inquirer News. 2015-03-11. Retrieved 2015-04-08. 
  18. ^ "Akbayan names Bello's replacement in Congress". Rappler.com. 2015-05-13. Retrieved 2015-07-12. 

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