MAKABAYAN conventions in

Cotabato, Davao and Compostela


Posted: November 4, 2009



BAYAN  MUNA Rep. Satur Ocampo and Gabriela Women’s Party Rep Liza Maza at the MAKABAYAN City-Wide Convention in Cotabato City on October 31, 2009. The two representatives cite the valuable experiences and triumphs of progressive party-lists [BAYAN MUNA, Gabriela Women’s Party, Anak Pawis and Kabataan] in the electoral and parliamentary struggles in the last three party-list elections. MAKABAYAN is the principal machinery of progressive groups to increase representations both in local and national positions, aside from party-lists.







Around a thousand participants from different sectors and organizations attended the MAKABAYAN City-Wide Convention on October 31, 2009 in Pag-asa Covered Court, Rosary Heights 6, Cotabato City. BAYAN MUNA Rep. Satur Ocampo and Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Liza Maza attended the event. Themed “Politika ng Pagbabago, MAKABAYAN sa Senado,” the MAKABAYAN endorses Ocampo and Maza’s senatorial bid in the 2010 elections. The MAKABAYAN is a broad coalition of individual and group of Filipinos aspiring to bring in meaningful change in the country’s social and political landscape.





31 October 2009



MAKABAYAN holds convention today; calls for politics of change


COTABATO CITY – Around a thousand participants from different sectors and organizations are projected to attend the City-Wide Convention of Makabayang Koalisyon ng Mamamayan (MAKABAYAN) today at Pag-asa Covered Court, Barangay Rosary Heights, here.


The convention aims to arouse the people of its supremacy as authors towards change in the government and society; most, in the struggle towards good governance.


Zaynab Ampatuan, MAKABAYAN-Cotabato City Coordinator said that MAKABAYAN was instituted in a critical time when it confronts the challenge of resisting the gambits of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s regime to stay in power beyond 2010.


The MAKABAYAN, Ampatuan added, also deals with the test of succeeding the elections in the different levels of government to weaken the politics of ruling elites and intensify the struggle and capacity of the people in relation to the realization of politics of change.


“The establishment of MAKABAYAN is a significant and logical approach of progressive groups to advance into a higher level the struggle of the people in the electoral arena. MAKABAYAN is the principal machinery to increase representations both in local and national positions, aside from party-lists,” Ampatuan said.


Earlier, BAYAN MUNA Party-list Representative Satur Ocampo, also the President of MAKABAYAN, mentioned that the last three party-list elections have produced valuable experiences and triumphs in the electoral and parliamentary struggles which were most kindled by the unrelenting curtailment and oppression of the State against the progressive groups.


In the last eight years, he added, that progressive groups and party-lists are victims of State attacks. The widespread, intense, cruel and callous political killings, repressions, legal offensives and black propaganda aim to terrorize and crash the progressive groups and their supporters, he said.


“These attacks only reinforce the progressive organizations to defy Arroyo regime’s gravest assault on human rights. Eventually, the Arroyo regime earned storm of political squabbles and factions amid worldwide condemnations of their attacks not only against the militant organizations but to the civil rights of the people,” Ocampo stressed.


Ocampo and Gabriela Women’s Party-list Representative Liza Maza are geared up to grace the convention.


The MAKABAYAN is a broad coalition of individual and group of Filipinos aspiring to bring in meaningful change in the country’s social and political landscape. It was organized in April of this year through the initiatives of the leaders and members of the country’s leading progressive party-lists – Bayan Muna, Gabriela, Anak Pawis, Kabataan, COURAGE, ACTeachers, Migrante and Katribu. #


For Reference: Zaynab Ampatuan, Coordinator, MAKABAYAN-Cotabato City, Mobile No. 0921-7932-709




BAYAN MUNA Rep. Satur Ocampo and Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Liza Maza visited the Cotabato City Market on October 31, 2009. City Market Administrator Sam Mundas, (3rd from right) accompanies the two representatives.





MAKABAYAN held its Davao City convention on October 17,2009 at Rizal Memorial Colleges gym, Davao City. More than 7,000 delegates coming from different barangay chapters participated in the gathering. Representatives Satur Ocampo, Teddy Casiño both from BAYAN MUNA and Representative Liza Maza of Gabriela Women’s Partylist also attended alongside 8 partylists (Bayan Muna Partylist, Anakpawis Partylist, Gabriela Women's Partylist, Kabataan Partylist, Migrante Partylist, ACT Teachers Partylist, Katribu Partylist, Courage Partylist) individuals and candidates for the local elections Joel Virador, Ariel Casilao and Lea Librado.




Press Release (WITH UPDATES)
October 28, 2009

Satur meets 2,000–strong delegation in Comval convention

Compostela, Compostela Valley ---- A 2,000–strong delegation of farmers, agricultural workers, and lumads hailing from various municipalities in Compostela Valley province flocked the Makabayan Coalition Convention today held at the Compostela Municipal Gym.

During the convention Makabayan senatoriable and Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo laid down what he calls platforms that will clearly advance the politics of change --- people empowerment, good governance, upliftment of the poor, development of a pro-Filipino economy, saving the environment, defending our sovereignty, pursuing an independent foreign policy, upholding human rights, promotion of Philippine culture, upholding women's rights and gender equality and working for a just and lasting peace.

Makabayan is composed mainly of progressive partylists Bayan Muna, Gabriela, Anakpawis, Kabataan, ACT, Courage, Katribu, and Migrante as well as of local leaders. Its candidates and members are united in the common aim of advancing pro-people and nationalist platforms both in the local and national arena.

“The delegates came here today with common aspiration to get back the land they deserve and to achieve just peace. The overwhelming warmth and eagerness of the delegates under the Makabayan coalition sends out the strong message that the people of Compostela Valley like the rest of the Filipino people are demanding for genuine political change and concrete programs that would address the root causes of the problems long besetting our nation, especially the poor majority,” said Pedro Arnado, regional coordinator of the Anakpawis partylist.

Other distinguished guests and government officials who attended the convention to express solidarity with Makabayan were former Gov. Jose Caballero, former Monkayo Councilor Bebot Alcaraz, and Monkayo Vice Mayor Avelino Cabag.

Rep. Satur Ocampo’s platform on genuine agrarian reform which aims to resolve landlessness and foreign monopoly of lands and pave the way for national industrialization is the particular concern of the peasants and agricultural workers in the province.

“Rep. Ocampo together with the rest of the pro-people partylists under Makabayan has long been fighting for a genuine land reform in congress through the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill (GARB) which seeks to end the historical oppression and landlessness of farmers, as well as the institutionalized landgrabbing of foreign transnational companies of our agricultural and ancestral lands,” Arnado said.

Arnado said that problems on massive land conversion and operations of agribusiness companies in the province as well as in the whole Davao region has disenfranchised many farmers of their lands and led to poverty that affects more than 80% of the population.

Arnado added that with the failure of the land reform program, nine (9) years of which was under the watch of the Arroyo administration, farmers are seeking for solutions that would provide long term change, and not mere pallative solutions that traditional politicians have been “bragging” about.

“On the 2010 elections, the farmers’ and the peoples’ demands may well translate their support for candidates that would bring their voices to the House of Representatives or the Senate, candidates who would truly defend their welfare no matter what the cost may be. This is what we are sure with the candidacy of Rep. Satur Ocampo,” Arnado said.

During the convention, Barangay Kagawad Belen Galleto was also declared an official candidate of Makabayan for Pantukan local councilor in the 2010 elections.

For Reference:

Regional Coordinator