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Latest revision as of 03:33, 29 April 2010

Ang Kapatiran Party (AKP), or the Alliance of the Common Good, is a national political party duly accredited by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and is running on a platform heavily based on the Social Teaching of the Catholic Church. Founded by Reynaldo “Nandy” Pacheco in 2004, the party is currently chaired by Eric B. Manalang and has fielded Olongapo City councilor JC de los Reyes as its presidential bet for the 2010 national elections.

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History

Ang Kapatiran has its roots in the Kapatiran sa Pangkalahatang Kabutihan (KPK), a citizen's group for political reform founded by Reynaldo “Nandy” Pacheco in 2002. Pacheco was previously affiliated with several groups, among them the National Renewal Movement in the 1990's, and unsuccessfully ran for president in the 1998 elections.

With the realization that their goals for the country can be realized only through entering politics and winning seats in government, members of the KPK decided to form Ang Kapatiran in late 2003. Through a successful signature campaign, AKP was formally accredited by the COMELEC on 8 May 2004.

The party then fielded three senatorial candidates—Martin Bautista, Jesus Zosimo Paredes, and Adrian Sison—as well as 29 other candidates for local positions in the 2007 elections. However, only one candidate won-- JC de los Reyes, who won a seat in the Olongapo City council.

For the 2010 elections, the party is currently fielding several bets for national positions, starting with de los Reyes for the presidency and Dominador “Jun” Chipeco Jr. for the vice-presidency. The party is also fielding six senatorial candidates, namely lawyers Adrian Sison, Jo Aurea Imbong, and Grace Plazo; Coun. Reginald “Reggie” Tamayo of Aparri, Cagayan; Col. Hector Tarrazona; Manny Valdehuesa, Jr.; and Rizalito “Lito” David.

Platform

AKP's platform is heavily based on the Social Teaching of the Catholic Church, and is anchored on ten 10 ethical principles:

  • Belief in God
  • Respect for life and human dignity
  • Strengthening of the family and promotion of community participation
  • Basic rights and responsibilities
  • Preferential option for the poor and the vulnerable
  • Dignity of work and rights of workers
  • Care for nature as God's creation
  • Peace and active nonviolence
  • Solidarity
  • Commitment to the common good.

The party proposes the institution of a total gun ban, the abolition of the death penalty and all forms of gambling, and also the abolition of the pork barrel. The party has also maintained a hardline stance against the Reproductive Health Bill and has also openly criticized the Magna Carta of Women in a statement issued during the celebration of Women's Month in March 2010.

As such, the party has garnered the endorsement of several local bishops in the 2010 elections, among them Navotas Bishop Teodoro Bacani (retired), Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles, Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra, Ilagan Bishop Joseph Nacua, Novaliches Bishop Antonio Tobias, and San Jose de Mindoro Bishop Antonio Palang.

Controversy

Despite its promise of party-and-platform-driven politics, AKP was not spared from controversy especially in the run-up to the 2010 elections.

Defection

Early in the 2010 electoral campaign, AKP was rocked by a defection as one of its seven senatorial candidates, Jesus Zosimo Paredes, defected to the Bangon Pilipinas party of evangelist Bro. Eddie Villanueva. Surprised by the defection, AKP expelled Paredes.

ABS-CBN Snub

Also in the 2010 electoral campaign, AKP filed a complaint against network giant ABS-CBN for violation of the Fair Elections Act.

The controversy started when the party's vice-presidential bet, Dominador “Jun” Chipeco, was not invited to the network-sponsored HARAPAN Vice Presidential Debate held on 21 March 2010.

Before the case was filed, AKP sent a letter to ABS-CBN, requesting an explanation as to why Chipeco was not invited to the forum. However, after not receiving any reply for two weeks, the party filed the case against the network, citing Section 6.5 of the Fair Elections Act which mandates that all parties must be covered fairly by members of the media.

The matter was resolved after officials of ABS-CBN met with officials of Ang Kapatiran, and the network issued an apology to the party.

Sex education “unconstitutional”

Another controversial remark reflecting the party's stance on reproductive health was made by one of its senatoriables, Jo Imbong. The senatorial betand former head of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines legal office said at the Hiritan 2010 forum on GMA-7's Unang Hirit that sex education is “unconstitutional”.

Imbong cited Section 12, Article II of the 1987 Philippine Constitution as the basis of her remark, which says that

The natural and primary right and duty of parents in the rearing of the youth for civic efficiency and the development of moral character shall receive the support of the government.

This was quickly refuted by the Department of Education (DepEd), which said that the cited passage actually proved otherwise; Assistant Education Secretary Jonathan Malaya explains that the article “mandates the state to establish adequate and relevant education and that educating the youth about adolescent reproductive health falls under the responsibilities of the state."

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