Kilusang Bagong Lipunan
The New Society Movement (Filipino: Kilusang Bagong Lipunan, KBL), formerly named the New Society Movement of United Nationalists, Liberals, et cetera (Filipino: Kilusang Bagong Lipunan ng Nagkakaisang Nacionalista, Liberal, at iba pa, KBLNNL), is a conservative 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 regime. It was reorganized as a political party in 1986.
|Split from||Nacionalista Party|
|Political position||Right-wing to Far-right|
|Colors||Blue, white, red, and yellow|
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Establishment and IdeologyEdit
The ideology of the "new society" springs from the arguments put forward by Marcos and his administration in 1972, when Marcos placed the Philippines under Martial law.(p"66") Arguing for "constitutional authoritarianism," Marcos had claimed that there was a need to "reform society"(p"66") by placing it under the control of a "benevolent dictator" in a "constitutional authority" which could guide the "undisciplined" populace through a period of chaos.(p"29")
Martial law was still in place in 1978 when Marcos sought to refresh his mandate through the 1978 Philippine parliamentary election, which would put an Interim Batasang Pambansa (National Assembly) in the place of the Philippine Congress, which Marcos had dissolved. The Kilusang Bagong Lipunan, an umbrella coalition of parties supporitive of Marcos, was established as Marcos' political vehicle during his regime.
After the People Power revolutionEdit
Since 1986, the KBL has contested in most of the national and local elections in the Philippines but retained a single seat in the House of Representatives in Ilocos Norte, which was held by former First Lady Imelda Marcos until 2019.
There was confusion 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. Subsequently, 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 would deal with the "renegade members" of the KBL after the elections.
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. Bongbong was later on removed as a member by the KBL National Executive Committee on November 23. 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.
Candidates for the Philippine general election, 2010Edit
- Ferdinand Marcos — 10th Philippine President, Senate President, congressman
- Roberto "Amay Bisaya" Reyes — Senatorial candidate, gubernatorial candidate of Bohol, comedian
- Larry Gadon — Senatorial candidate in the Philippine general election in 2016, lawyer; pushed for the impeachment of former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno
- Salvador Panelo, presidential spokesperson
Notable former membersEdit
- Conrado M. Estrella, III — (Moved to Nationalist People's Coalition in 1992 before becoming a Party-List Representative of Abono in 2010) Former Representative of Pangasinan's 6th District
- Imelda Romualdez-Marcos — (Moved to Nacionalista Party) Former First Lady, Minister of Human Settlements, Governor of Metro Manila, Congresswoman
- Ferdinand Marcos Jr. — (Moved to Nacionalista Party) Vice-Governor, Governor, Congressman, Senator
- Imee Marcos — (Moved to Nacionalista Party) Senator, Governor, Congresswoman
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