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Aksyon Demokratiko (lit.  Democratic Action) or Aksyon is a progressive political party in the Philippines founded by Raul Roco. It was recognized as a national political party in 1997 by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC).

Aksyon Demokratiko
FounderRaul Roco
Founded1997 (1997)
Split fromLaban ng Demokratikong Pilipino
Headquarters3rd Floor, 62 Tomas Morato Avenue, Quezon City
NewspaperAksyon
Youth wingAksyon Kabataan
IdeologyProgressivism
Liberal democracy[citation needed]
Political positionCentre-left
National affiliation
Partido Galing at Puso (2016)
Alyansa ng Pag-Asa (2004)
People Power Coalition (2001)
Otso Diretso (2019)
ColorsBlue, white, and yellow
Seats in the Senate
0 / 24
Seats in the House of Representatives
1 / 297
Provincial governorships
0 / 81
Provincial vice governorships
0 / 81
Old Aksyon logo

HistoryEdit

Aksyon participated in five national and local elections (1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, and 2016) where it had moderate successes. In 2010, the party signed a coalition agreement with the Liberal Party in order to jointly field then Senator Benigno Aquino III for President.

For the 2016 Philippine general election, the party fielded national and local candidates throughout the Philippines. It was aligned with the candidacy of Grace Poe.[1] The party's standard bearer for the 2019 senatorial elections was law professor Florin Hilbay.[2]

IdeologyEdit

Magbago! (Change!) Makialam! (Participate!) Sulong sa Bagong Pilipinas! (Forward to a New Philippines!) are the party's slogans. Aksyon is rooted in Raul Roco's The Agenda of Hope: honest government; opportunity for all, special privileges for none; peace, productivity and prosperity; education and environment for sustainable development.[3]

Aksyon believes that there should be regional solutions to regional problems. Aksyon organizes itself based on the principles of local autonomy. It believes and pushes for the empowerment of the Filipino masses. The party advocates a 'bottom-up' approach in tackling the issues of the country. Aksyon recognizes the importance of the participation of youth in government and therefore actively pushes for the empowerment of the youth.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kapunan's Aksyon party 'adopts' Grace Poe". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 23 October 2015.
  2. ^ https://www.rappler.com/nation/politics/elections/2019/221508-aksyon-demokratiko-adopts-opposition-senatoria-bets-lito-lapid
  3. ^ "Raul Roco's Aksyon Demokratiko endorses Grace Poe". Rappler. 21 April 2016.