Bayan Muna

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Bayan Muna
LeaderTeodoro Casiño
PresidentSatur Ocampo
ChairmanReynaldo Lesaca, Jr.
SpokespersonNathanael Santiago
Founded1999 (1999)
HeadquartersQuezon City
IdeologyLeft-wing nationalism
Political positionLeft-wing
National affiliationMakabayan
ColorsRed, Yellow, Blue
SloganKampeon ng Mahirap at Kawani ng Pamahalaan
(lit. Champion of the Poor)
Seats in the House of Representatives of the Philippines
3 / 287
House of Representatives party-list seats
3 / 57

Bayan Muna (literally, "Nation First") is a party-list in the Philippines, a member of the leftist political party Makabayan. 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 as guest candidates under the ticket of billionaire real estate magnate Senator Manny Villar, Ocampo said that their common objective “is to emancipate the people from widespread poverty and social injustice."[2]

Electoral performance[edit]

Election Votes % Seats Representatives to Congress
2001 1,708,253 11.30% 3 Crispin Beltran, Liza Maza, Satur Ocampo (12th Congress)
2004 1,203,305 9.46% 3 Teodoro Casiño, Satur Ocampo, Joel Virador (13th Congress)
2007 979,039 6.14% 3 Teodoro Casiño, Neri Colmenares, Satur Ocampo (14th Congress)
2010 746,019 2.47% 2 Teodoro Casiño, Neri Colmenares (15th Congress)
2013 946,308 3.48% 2 Neri Colmenares, Carlos Isagani Zarate (16th Congress)
2016 606,566 1.87% 1 Carlos Isagani Zarate (17th Congress)
2019 1,112,979 4.01% 3 Carlos Isagani Zarate, Ferdinand Gaite, Eufemia Cullamat (18th Congress)[3]

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."[4] 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.[5] In the 14 May 2007 election, the party won 2 seats in the nationwide party-list vote.


  1. ^ Bayan Muna. About Bayan Muna.
  2. ^ "Villar welcomes Ocampo, Maza as NP's guest senatorial bets". Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  3. ^ Cepeda, Mara (July 22, 2019). "LP, Makabayan blocs back Benny Abante for House minority leader". Rappler. Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  4. ^ "Satur back on campaign trail; Palace, AFP finally admit roles in anti-Bayan Muna drive". Davao Today. April 9, 2007. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007 – via Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Philippine Inquirer. "Media group slams MPD media ban on Ocampo" Archived May 1, 2008, at the Wayback Machine 22 March 2007.

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