Although we are similar in principle, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan [BAYAN] is separated with the New People’s Army in terms of organizational dynamics.

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Sorsogon City, [03.27.18] – There will be no activities in the forthcoming founding anniversary of the New Peoples Army on March 29, even though there is an ideological parallelism between Bagong Alyansang Makabayan [BAYAN] and the NPA, Rey Hababag, BAYAN – Sorsogon Coordinator told www.philexaminer.com Tuesday.

Rey Hababag, Bayan Muna – Sorsogon Coordinator. Bayan is a legal organization registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission with identifiable members. File Photo www.philexaminer.com.

Rey Hababag, BAYAN – Sorsogon Coordinator. Bayan is a legal organization registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission with identifiable members. File Photo www.philexaminer.com.

Hababag explained and answered in Bìkól: [Dai ki aktibidad an Bagong Alyansang Makabayan sa maabot na Marso 29, 2018 sa okasyon kan ika-49ng taon kan pagka  mukna kan New People’s Army [NPA] maski magka pareho nin prinsipyo,  separado an BAYAN sa NPA.

BAYAN has its own organizational dynamics that is distinct and independent  from the NPA [May sadiri ini na organizational dynamics that is distinct and independent from the NPA. BAYAN fight it’s causes within the limits of existing Philippine laws and is registered in the Securities and Exchange Commission, Hababag explained.

The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (New Patriotic Alliance) or Bayan is an alliance of left-wing Philippine organizations was founded on International Workers’ Day, May 1, 1985 as part of the opposition during the Marcos dictatorship.

Bayan operates as an alliance of different sectoral organizations. It follows a democratic and central structure. Its own documentation suggests that it is a centralized organization, including:

  • chapters as the smallest units
  • the general assembly as the highest policy-making body
  • the national council which meets twice a year or more often if needed
  • the national executive committee to implement the policies of the general assembly and national council
  • five specialized commissions
  • the general secretariat that runs day-to-day operations
  • a national office in Quezon City in Metro Manila.

As an umbrella group of the National-Democratic movement in the Philippines, BAYAN is associated with several organizations.

On March 29,1969, the The New People’s Army [NPA] or Bagong Hukbong Bayan) was formed to be the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines [CPP].

It was formed and founded by Bernabe Buscayno (“Commander Dante”) and Lucio Manlapaz. The Maoist NPA conducts its armed guerrilla struggle based on the strategical line of “protracted people’s war”.