Kilusang Bagong Lipunan

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New Society Movement
Leader Imee Marcos
Chairman Vicente Millora
Secretary-General George M. Balagtas
Founded 1978; 38 years ago (1978)
Split from Nacionalista Party
Headquarters Laoag City
Ideology Filipino nationalism
Social conservatism
Fascism
Political position Right-wing
International affiliation None
Colors Blue, White, Red
Seats in the Senate
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Seats in the House of Representatives
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The New Society Movement (Filipino: Kilusang Bagong Lipunan, KBL), formerly named New Society Movement of United Nationalists, Liberals, et coetera (Filipino: Kilusang Bagong Lipunan ng Nagkakaisang Nacionalista, Liberal, at iba pa, KBLNNL), 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.

Since 1986, the KBL has contested in most of the national and local elections in the Philippines but a single retained seat in the House of Representatives in Ilocos Norte presently held by former First Lady Imelda Marcos, until 2016.

Party division[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3] Bongbong was later on removed as a member by the KBL National Executive Committee on November 23.[4] 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.[3]

Candidates for the Philippine general election, 2010[edit]

Notable members[edit]

  • Ferdinand Marcos—10th Philippine President, Senate President, Congressman
  • Amay Bisaya— Senatoriable, Gubertanoriable of Bohol, Comedian

Notable former members[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cayetano calls Gonzales a 'nuisance' secretary". GMA News Online. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Bongbong calls Lozano, 'Cayetano' nuisance bets". GMA News Online. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Feed a hungry child this Christmas". philstar.com. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Filing of COCs at Comelec on Day 4". Retrieved 19 April 2015.