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Historical Background
The party began as the country's vehicle for independence, through the building of a modern
nation-state, and through the advocacy of efficient self-rule, dominating the Philippine Assembly
(19071916), the Philippine Legislature (19161935) and the pre-war years of the
Commonwealth of the Philippines (19351941). During the Japanese Occupation, political
parties were replaced by the Kapisanan sa Paglilingkod sa Bagong Pilipinas (KALIBAPI). By
the second half of the century, the party was one of the main political contenders for leadership
in the country, in competition with the Liberals and the Progressives, during the decades between
the devastation of World War II and the violent suppression of partisan politics of the Marcos
dictatorship. In 1978, in a throwback to the Japanese Occupation, political parties were asked to
merge into the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan although the Nacionalistas preferred to go into
hibernation. Eventually, the party was revived during the late 1980s and early 1990s by the
Laurel family which has dominated the Party since the 1950s. The Nacionalista Party is now
being led by party president Manuel Villar, former Senator, and has fielded three candidates
(Cayetano, Marcos and Trillanes) in the upcoming 2016 Philippine Elections. Two of the other
present parties, the Liberal Party and the Nationalist People's Coalition are breakaways from the
Nacionalista Party.
II. Branches of the Nacionalista Party
III. Officers of the Nacionalista Party
A. Leader:
Manny Villar
B. President: Manny Villar
C. Secretary-General: Alan Peter Cayetano
IV. Members of the Nacionalista Party
A. Past Members
Throughout their careers, many of the country's greatest politicians, statesmen, and leaders
were, in whole or in part, Nacionalistas. Notable names include:
1. Presidents:
a. Manuel L. Quezon (2nd President of the Philippines)
b. Jos P. Laurel (3rd President of the Philippines)
c. Sergio Osmea (4th President of the Philippines)
d. Manuel Roxas (5th President of the Philippines)
e. Elpidio Quirino (6th President of the Philippines)
f. Ramon Magsaysay (7th President of the Philippines)
g. Carlos P. Garcia (8th President of the Philippines)
h. Ferdinand Marcos (10th President of the Philippines)
i. Joseph Estrada (13th President of the Philippines)
2. Vice-Presidents:
a. Fernando Lopez (4th and 8th Vice-President of the Philippines; under Elpidio
Quirino, Ferdinand E. Marcos)
b. Emmanuel Pelaez (7th Vice-President of the Philippines; under Diosdado
c. Salvador Laurel (10th Vice-President of the Philippines, 5th and last Prime
Minister; under President Corazon C. Aquino)
3. Senators:


Claro M. Recto
Jose W. Diokno
Blas Ople
Cipriano Primicias, Sr.
Eulogio Rodriguez
Francisco Tongio Liongson
Manuel Briones
Jose Fuentebella

Most of these individuals embody solid political traditions of economic and political
nationalism is pertinent today, even with the party's subsequent decline.
B. Current Members
Some members of the House of Representatives and Senate include, but are not limited to,
the following:
1. Manuel Villar (former Senator and Nacionalista president), Party Chairman
2. Pia Cayetano (Senator)
3. Miriam Defensor Santiago (Senator)
4. Antonio Trillanes IV (Senator)
5. Justin Marc Chipeco, (Representative from Laguna)
6. Emmylou Talio-Mendoza, (Governor of North Cotabato)
7. Jose "Pingping" Tejada, (Representative from North Cotabato)
8. Yevgyeny Vicente Emano, (Representative from Misamis Oriental)
9. Cynthia Villar, (former Representative from Las Pias City and current Senator)
10. Alan Peter Cayetano, (Senator)
11. Lani Cayetano, (former Representative from Taguig City and Mayor of Taguig
12. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr., (former Representative from Ilocos Norte and
current Senator)
13. Imelda Marcos, (former First Lady of the Philippines, Ilocos Norte Representative
member of the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan but caucuses with the NP.)
14. Imee Marcos, (former Ilocos Norte Representative and Governor of Ilocos Norte)
15. Rommel Jalosjos, (Governor of Zamboanga Sibugay)
16. Juanito Victor C. Remulla (Governor of Cavite, also a member of Lakas-CMD)
17. Elias K. Bulut, Sr., (former Representative and Governor from Apayao and Mayor
of Calanasan, Apayao)
18. Wenceslao "Peewee" B. Trinidad, (Former Pasay City Mayor)
19. Homer T. Saquilayan (Former Mayor of Imus, Cavite)
V. Affiliated Party Lists
There is no party list affiliated with the Nacionalista Party.
VI. Affiliated Political Parties
A. Asenso Manileo Movement
B. Bagong Lakas ng Nueva Ecija

The Lapiang Bagong Lakas ng Nueva Ecija (New Power of Nueva Ecija Party; BALANE) is
a Nueva Ecija regional political party in the Philippines, which was formerly affiliated with the
Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC), then the Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino (KAMPI) and
finally back to NPC when KAMPI merged with Lakas-CMD to become Lakas Kampi CMD and
the rival party Unang Sigaw became its local affiliate.
C. Kilusang Bagong Lipunan
The Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (Filipino for "New Society Movement"), formerly the
Kilusang Bagong Lipunan ng Nagkakaisang Nacionalista, Liberal, at iba pa, (Filipino for "New
Society Movement of United Nationalists, Liberals, et coetera"), is a 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 rule. In the post-Marcos era, it was reorganised as a political party in
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 City. 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.
D. People's Reform Party
Peoples Reform Party is a centre-left political party in the Philippines. It was founded on
April 12, 1991 as the political party of former Agrarian Reform Secretary Miriam Defensor
Santiago for her bid as President in the 1992 Presidential Elections. During the 1992 Elections,
the party nominated Santiago as President and Ramon Magsaysay, Jr. as Vice President
respectively, however both Santiago and Magsaysay lost the elections to former Defense
Secretary Fidel Ramos and Senator Joseph Estrada.
E. Partido Magdalo
Partido Magdalo is one of the political parties in the Philippines founded by Former
Governor Juanito Remulla Sr. and Former Congressman Renato P. Dragon. It is a local political
party in Cavite. The new leaders of this party is Incumbent Cavite Governor Juanito Victor
"Jonvic" Remulla, Jr. and Cavite Congressman Jesus "Boying" Remulla (7th District).
The name derives from the pseudonym of no less than the first President of the Republic
Emilio Aguinaldo as a Katipunan member as well as of its council for town of Kawit during the
Philippine Revolution, Aguinaldo having been born and raised in the town, called Cavite el Viejo
during Spanish times.
F. Nationalist Peoples Coalition
The Nationalist People's Coalition or NPC is a conservative political party in the Philippines,
founded in 1992 by then presidential candidate Eduardo Cojuangco, Jr.

During the 2010 elections, the Nacionalista and the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC)
formed an alliance after it was approved by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) on April
12, 2010. The Nacionalistas fielded Senator Manuel Villar, Jr. and running with fellow Senator
Loren Legarda who is a member of the NPC. It became the dominant minority party after a
resolution passed by the COMELEC. On April 21, however it was blocked by the Supreme Court
after a suit filed by the rival Liberal Party. On May 6, 2010, the Supreme Court nullified the
merger and therefore giving the Liberal Party to be the dominant minority party. It was based on
a resolution by the COMELEC giving political parties to be accredited by August 17, 2009.
The coalition was made to help the Nacionalista Party to help boost the presidential
campaign of Senator Villar and have a chance to be the dominant minority party by the
Commission on Elections which give the rights to poll watchers during the canvassing of votes.
However it is being challenged by the Liberal Party calls the said alliance a "bogus" alliance, the
Liberals are also seeking the same party status by the COMELEC. As well, several local races
are being challenged from both parties therefore causing confusion in those races.
Ideology of the Nacionalista Party
A. Filipino Nationalism
Filipino nationalism began with an upsurge of patriotic sentiments and nationalistic ideals in
the 1800s Philippines that came as a consequence of more than three centuries of Spanish rule.
This served as the backbone of the first nationalist revolution in Asia, the Philippine Revolution
of 1896, and continues up to this day. These nationalistic sentiments have led to a wide-ranging
campaign for political, social, and economic freedom in the Philippines.
B. Conservatism
Conservatism is a political doctrine that emphasizes the value of traditional institutions and
practices. Some conservatives seek to preserve things as they are, emphasizing stability and
continuity, while others, called reactionaries, oppose modernism and seek a return to "the way
things were".
The first established use of the term in a political context originated with Franois-Ren de
Chateaubriand in 1818, during the period of Bourbon restoration that sought to roll back the
policies of the French Revolution. The term, historically associated with right-wing politics, has
since been used to describe a wide range of views. There is no single set of policies that are
universally regarded as conservative, because the meaning of conservatism depends on what is
considered traditional in a given place and time.
C. Social Conservatism
Social conservatism is a group of political ideologies centred on preserving traditional
beliefs, attitudes and philosophy, in the face of social progressivism. The aims of social
conservatism vary from organisation to organisation, and from country to country. Thus, there
are really no policies or positions that could be considered universal among social conservatives.
There are, however, a number of general principles to which at least a majority of social
conservatives adhere.
D. Economic Liberalism

Economic liberalism is the ideological belief in organizing the economy on individualist and
voluntarist lines, meaning that the greatest possible number of economic decisions are made by
individuals and not by collective institutions or organizations. It includes a spectrum of different
economic policies, such as freedom of movement, but it is always based on strong support for a
market economy and private property in the means of production.

Platforms and Programs of the Nacionalista Party

The Nacionalista Party in the Philippines corresponds somewhat to the Republican Party in
the United States. It belongs to the conservative wing of Philippine politics, while its main
opponent, the Liberal Party and the political parties belonging to the aggrupation of the People's
Power government all belong to the liberal wing of Philippine politics somewhat corresponding
to the Democratic Party in the United States, though not on social issues.
IX. Nacionalista Party in the Political Spectrum