Bayan Muna

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Bayan Muna
Leader Teodoro Casiño
President Satur Ocampo
Chairman Reynaldo Lesaca, Jr.
Spokesperson Nathanael Santiago
Founded 1999 (1999)
Headquarters Quezon City
Ideology Left-wing nationalism
Political position Left-wing
National affiliation Bayan
Partido Galing at Puso (2016)
Colors Red, Yellow, Blue
Slogan Kampeon ng Mahirap
(lit. Champion of the Poor)
Seats in the House of Representatives
2 / 287

Bayan Muna (lit. Nation First) is a leftist political party in the Philippines. The motto of the party is "New Politics, the Politics of Change", against "traditional, elitist, pro-imperialist politics".[1] Its platform includes the advocation of a government that progressively supports the working class, with meaningful representation of all democratic sectors in the Philippines. Bayan Muna was the second most popular party-list party in the 2007 Philippine elections. In 2009, Bayan Muna Representative Satur Ocampo and former Bayan Muna and incumbent Gabriela Representative Liza Maza ran for senate seats, joining Bongbong Marcos, the son of former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, under the ticket of billionaire real estate magnate Senator Manny Villar.[2]

There are currently two Bayan Muna representatives in the 16th Congress of the Philippines: Neri Colmenares and Carlos Isagani Zarate.

Electoral performance[edit]

Election Votes  % Seats
2001 1,708,253 11.30% 3
2004 1,203,305 9.46% 3
2007 979,039 6.14% 3
2010 746,019 2.47% 2
2013 946,308 3.48% 2
2016 606,566 1.87% 1

Representatives to Congress[edit]

2007 Elections[edit]

In the weeks leading up the Philippine national election, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, on behalf of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, admitted "Malacañang’s leading role in the fabricated charges leveled against Rep. Ocampo and the campaign to crush Bayan Muna."[3] Bayan Muna partylist representative Satur Ocampo was detained weeks prior in March 2007 on murder charges from an alleged 1984 communist purge in Leyte. The arrest was widely condemned by international observers. Rep. Ocampo was ordered released on bail by the Supreme Court[4] In the 14 May 2007 election, the party won 2 seats in the nationwide party-list vote.


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