Party: Ang Kapatiran
College: Graduate, Philippine
Higher Studies: Graduate, Baguio Colleges Foundation,
1971–1984 Officer, Philippine Constabulary
1986–1999 Practicing lawyer
Vice-Chairman, Committee on Cultural Communities
Vice-Chairman, Sub-Committee on Domestic Trade
Member, Committee on National Defense, Security, and Peace and Order
Member, Committee on Tourism
Member, Committee on Youth and Sports
Member, Committee on Trade and Industry
1984–1986 Deputy Director-General, Office of Muslim Affairs and Cultural Communities
1999–2003 Official, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process
2003–2004 Deputy Director, Presidential Commission on the Visiting Forces Agreement
2004–2007 Executive Director, Presidential Commission on the Visiting Forces Agreement, Law and Government, Center for Research and Communications (now University of
1. Belief in Almighty God.
2. Life and Dignity of the Human Person. We believe that every human life is sacred from conception to natural death, that people are more important than things, and that the measure of every institution is whether or not it enhances the life and dignity of the human person.
3. Family, Community and Participation. The human person is not only sacred but inherently
social. The God-given institutions of marriage and family are central and serve as the foundations for social life. They must be supported and strengthened, not undermined. Beyond the family, every person has a right to participate in the wider society and a corresponding duty to work for the common good and the well-being of all.
4. Rights and Responsibilities. Every person has a fundamental right to life and a right to those
things that allow him/her to have a decent life – faith and family, food and shelter, health care and housing, education and employment. In society as a whole, those who exercise authority have a duty to respect fundamental rights of all persons. Likewise, all citizens have a duty to respect human rights and to fulfill their responsibilities to themselves, their families, to each other and to larger society.
5. Preferential Option for the Poor and Vulnerable. The moral test of a society is how it treats its most vulnerable members. The poor have the most urgent moral claim on the conscience of the nation. Our Christian faith calls on all of us to embrace the preferential option of the poor and vulnerable, to embody it in our lives, and to work to have it shape public policies and priorities.
6. Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers.
The economy must serve people, not vice versa. Work is a form of continuing participation in God’s act of creation. Work is a way of fulfilling part of our human potential given to us by God. If the dignity of work is to be protected, then the basic rights of workers, owners, and managers must be respected.
7. Solidarity. Because of the interdependence of all members of the human family around the globe, we have a moral responsibility to commit ourselves to the common good at all levels: in
local communities, in our nation, and in the community of nations. We are our brothers’ and
sisters’ keepers, wherever they may be.
8. Care for God’s Creation. The world that God created has been entrusted to us, yet our use of it must be directed by God’s plan for creation, not simply by our own benefit.
9. Peace and Active Nonviolence. The road to total liberation is not the way of violence, class struggle or hate; it is the way of love, brotherhood and peaceful solidarity. To remove social ills, active nonviolence is our moral countersign to the ideologies of today that espouse armed violence to change the status quo. It is likewise our countersign to the ideologies that institutionalize violence in order to preserve the status quo.
1. Seek first the
2. Build a nation of character and promote the integral development of all Filipinos through character building, consistent ethic of life, good citizenship, basic political education, and values formation.
3. Dismantle the social structures that glorify sex and pornography, dishonesty, vice, moral relativism, materialism and hedonism, and replace them with structures of virtue, peace, responsibility and achievement.
4. Abolish all forms of gambling whether run by the government or the private sector.
5. Abolish the death penalty.
6. End the use of torture to extract confession.
7. End violence in school fraternities and other institutions as well as in sports whose main purpose is to inflict physical harm or violence on the opponent.
8. Actively promote responsible parenthood and natural family planning.
9. Reorient mass media towards fostering values that contribute to the formation of national commitment that is maka-Diyos, maka-bayan, maka-tao, at maka-likasan.
(Multidimensional approach to peace and order):
10. Promote the culture of life, peace, active nonviolence, and progressive disarmament as a precondition to a consistent ethic of life.
a. Declare as contrary to public policy, public morals, public interest, good customs, and the common good, the glorification of gun, the culture of death and violence in the movies, television, video gram, radio, print media, billboards, posters, pro-gun stickers, gun exhibits and sale thereof in public places.
b. Make it a criminal offense for anyone but police officers or soldiers, a licensed private
security in uniform and on duty, to carry firearms or any other deadly weapons in public
c. Increase the penalty for illegal possession of firearms or violation of any firearms law to reclusion temporal (12 to 20 years without parole or pardon). Permanent disqualification from public office shall also be imposed if the violator is a public official.
d. The windows of motor vehicles should be of such transparency that it does not obscure the view of the interior of the motor vehicle. This requirement makes sense in light of the
Supreme Court’s ruling that the vehicle should not be searched nor its occupants subjected to bodily search.
e. Ban the exhibit and/or sale of firearms and bullets in public malls and other public places. With prior permit and payment of rental fee, however, such exhibits and sale of firearms may be made in military or police camps.
f. Ban the manufacture, importation or sale of toy guns, air guns or replica of guns.
g. Ban the importation of guns except high-powered guns for use by the police and the
h. Legalize and place under tight government control the local production and sale of firearms for use by the police and the military as well as the civilians for sports and home protection. Manufacture and sale of firearms without authorization of the government shall be punishable with the same penalty for illegal possession of firearms as provided in No. 13 above.
i. In addition to the present requirements for permit to possess, the applicant must show to the authorities that he/she has a gun safety deposit box at home approved by the
j. Mandate the periodic public inventory, decommissioning and melting down of all confiscated guns for conversion into useful instruments.
k. Under a general amnesty, an individual may voluntarily surrender an unlicensed firearm with no questions asked and without incurring any criminal or civil liability. As an incentive, the government or the private sector may give financial reward to those who take advantage of the amnesty. No other form of amnesty shall be allowed.
l. The same penalty for illegal possession of firearms shall be imposed on anyone found guilty of “planting evidence” to implicate others.
11. Actively promote a “drug-free”
Foreign Policy (Good Governance)
12. Fulfill Isaiah’s prophecy: “They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks, nation shall not raise sword against another nation, neither shall they train for war again” (gunless society); to be a nation that is a friend to all and an enemy to none; pursue peace, based on love, justice, reconciliation, active nonviolence and progressive disarmament for all nations.
Social Dimension (Good Governance)
13. Abolish the ‘pork barrel” system in any form and regardless of its name.
14. Accord the highest priority to projects and programs for the underprivileged, the indigenous people, the homeless, the elderly, the prisoners, the disabled, the veterans and the youth, and support non-government organizations or communities whose programs and projects directly benefit the poor.
15. Make representation before the Supreme Court to bring about the speedy administration of justice.
16. Ensuring transparency and public accountability in government activities and transactions; reinforcing vigilance against graft and corruption, abuse of authority, and waste in all three branches of the government and at all levels of bureaucracy, ensuring that public officials must live within their means and shun profligacy.
17. Enforce by administrative/criminal action failure by public officials to liquidate their cash advances within a reasonable period of time as may be prescribed by law or regulation.
18. Undertake a thorough review of the systems and procedures and guidelines on the procurement in all government institutions aimed at forestalling the commission of graft and corruption.
19. Promote a safe, clean, healthy and wholesome environment, particularly zero waste management, promote stewardship as a way of life and promote the development of parks throughout the country.
Social Dimension (Economic Development)
20. Ensure rapid and sustained economic growth for durable poverty reduction and better quality of life for all by:
a. reviewing and rationalizing all outstanding debts and limiting future borrowings within our capacity to pay based on export earnings and remittances;
b. raising national saving rate to increase the investment rate and longer term economic growth;
c. enhancing investments in human resource development, especially by strengthening education in the sciences, mathematics, engineering and English;
d. streamlining government bureaucracy to reduce unnecessary personnel expenditures (besides reducing corruption);
e. doing away with laws, rules and regulations that give government personnel, like the BIR and Customs the discretion to allow or disallow certain deductions or exemptions, etc.
f. prioritizing agricultural development and attaining a high degree of self-sufficiency by encouraging productivity through the introduction of new technologies and improvement of infrastructure;
g. creating microfinance and other credit facilities for small enterprises by harnessing OFW remittances and other savings for economic development;
h. encouraging livelihood, formation of cooperatives and other small enterprises development programs to alleviate poverty;
i. pursuing in earnest the Agrarian Reform Program;
j. promoting industrialization by encouraging the expansion of appropriate industries, including telecommunications and information technology, to more effectively harness our God-given resources for the economic well-being of the people;
k. attaining a stable balance of trade by encouraging the development of new export products and improving existing ones; and
l. participating gradually and judiciously in the global economy, given that globalization is ongoing.
Social Dimension (Political Culture)
21. To uphold and maintain at all times the principle of civilian supremacy over the military.
22. The Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the
23. Active military and police personnel shall not be assigned as aides and security officers.
24. Disallow elected and appointed public officials from writing regular columns, acting in movies and television shows, acting as commentators or anchorpersons on radio and television, and appearing on TV and radio commercials and print advertisements and billboards.
25. End the unwholesome practice of setting up billboards in public places naming the public official responsible for the project.
26. Apply to anyone the Constitutional ban against relatives of incumbent government officials up to the third degree from seeking public office simultaneously or succeeding the former, and to make it unlawful for any member of the Senate or the House of Representatives to run for another office without first resigning from his/her position six months before the elections.
27. To promote national and local candidates (servant-leaders) who are morally upright and competent and who subscribe to the founding principles and platform of the Party.
28. In addition to the Constitutional requirements to run for public office, candidates for President, Vice-President, Senators and Congressmen must possess a college or university degree.
29. Submit to the Filipino people proposed amendments to the Philippine Constitution consistent with the principles, values and objectives of the Party.