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Bagong Pilipinas is a political party duly registered with the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Previously the Bangon Pilipinas political party, it was established by religious leader Eddie Villanueva, who was also their presidential bet for both the 2004 (as Bangon Pilipinas) and 2010 elections.
Bangon Pilipinas was formally established after several socio-civic organizations filed a disqualification case against Villanueva in the 2004 elections, saying that the pastor did not have an official political party and is a religious leader, violating the separation of church and state. The Comelec junked the petition, however, saying that there was no rule in the Constitution that prohibited the candidacy of any religious leader. The commission also ordered Villanueva to register Bangon Pilipinas or else he would have to run as an independent candidate.
Bangon Pilipinas was then re-established as Bagong Pilipinas in time for the 2010 elections. Another movement, named Bangon! Bagong Pilipinas, was also earlier established by Villanueva and Ramoncito Poblete Ocampo. a pastor, lawyer, and leader of the Triskelion Youth Movement (TYM), in 2007.
The party kicked off its 2010 national election campaign at Luneta Park in February 2010 with the unfurling of the largest Philippine flag ever made.
The platform of Bagong Pilipinas is anchored on seven E's, or goals that the party aims to accomplish within six years:
- Empower the people
- Emancipate the people
- Educate the people
- Energize the economy
- Elevate standards of living
- Eradicate bad governance
- Establish peace in the land
The party also promises, among other things, a simplified taxation scheme, a judicial review and accountability check of all pending cases in all courts, infrastructure projects, an overhaul of the entire Philippine educational system, and a reassessment of current agrarian reform policies.
As seen in the party's short history, one of the biggest points of contention is its affiliation to Villanueva's Jesus is Lord Movement.
Through a letter published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer in August 2009, former NEDA chief and Bagong Pilipinas Party president Cielito Habito clarifies that the party is not in any way the political arm of the JIL. Rather, Habito explains, many on the slate of Bagong Pilipinas are not JIL members; Habito adds that he himself is a practicing Roman Catholic and is not a member of JIL.
Villanueva also took an indefinite leave from JIL to concentrate on Bagong Pilipinas.
Another recent, albeit smaller, controversy was that surrounding Bagong Pilipinas senatorial bet Zafrullah Alonto and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Alonto was first introduced by Bagong Pilipinas as a former spokesperson of the MILF; however, the MILF has denied this, even going so far as saying that Alonto was never a member of the movement.
- Comelec okays registration of Bangon Pilipinas – HighBeam Research. Article originally published in the Manila Bulletin. Accessed 18 April 2010.
- Bangon Pilipinas not JIL political party – Inquirer.net Accessed 18 April 2010.
- MILF 'disowns' senatorial bet of Bangon Pilipinas – GMANews.tv Accessed 18 April 2010.
- Villanueva leads unfurling of largest Philippine flag – Philstar.com. Accessed 20 April 2010.
- Bangon Bagong Pilipinas Website. Accessed 22 April 2010.