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Bayan Muna was established in 1999 to fill the need for a genuine alternative political party in the Philippine parliamentary arena.
Our aim is to push the people's agenda for basic reforms based on the politics of people empowerment and social change.
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Representative Neri Colmenares
Representative Neri Colmenares
Bayan Muna Representative Neri Javier Colmenares is a long-time human rights lawyer, constitutionalist and expert on international humanitarian law.
was among the youngest political detainees during martial law.
Prior to joining the legal profesion, he was a student activist.
He finished his Bachelor of Arts in Economics at San Beda College and completed his law degree with the University of the Philippines.
He is completing his Doctorate in Law with Melbourne University on the International Criminal Court and the Legal System Impediments to Prosecution of Human Rights Violators.
Atty. Colmenares acted as counsel or argued before the Supreme Court in petitions and against the constitutionality of the Calibrated Pre-emptive Response (CPR), the initiative to amend the Constitution (the Charter Change case), Executive Order 464 (the Executive Privilege case), the Visiting Forces Agreement (the VFA Case) and Proclamation 1017 (the Emergency Rule case).
He was also counsel to Supreme Court petitions on legal issues involving the anti-terrorism law, urban militarization, the national identification system, the Writ of Amparo and the Bilateral Immunity Agreement in relation to the International Criminal Court.
also argued before the Supreme Court in the Bayan Muna petition to declare all major political parties disqualified from participating in the party-list elections.
also challenged the First Party Rule which the SC recently struck down resulting in the entry of 32 new party-list representatives in Congress.
A native of Negros Occidental, Neri
activism at 15 as a youth organizer against martial law in 1976.
During the '80s, he became an officer of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP), Studen Christian Movement of the Philippines (SCMP) and the Visayas Regional Chair of the Student Catholic Action (SCAUP).
was arrested twice for his
student activism by virtue of an Arrest, Search and Seizure Order (ASSO) issued by then Pres.
languished in prison for a total of four years during martial law.
was heavily tortured during his
imprisonment and, as one of the 10,000 human rights violations victims in the Marcos Human Rights case, he
appeared before the Hawaii District Court in 1998 to contest the unjust US$ 150 Million settlement agreement with the Marcoses.
Neri has been Bayan Muna's general counsel since the party's inception in 1999.
was elected the party's third nominee in 2007 elections, but assumed his
post only after the SC granted the petition of Bayan Muna
to declare the First Party Rule unconstitutional.
He is lifetime partner to Shalimar Vitan and doting father to three-year old Bien Carlo. ###
Makabayan's response to the red-baiting
We will make sure that the perpetrators of these attacks are seriously prosecuted to hammer the message that the military should not interfere in the elections," Bayan Muna representative and legal counsel Neri Colmenares said.
"We hope this will serve as a warning to those who persist in harassing us that we will not take this sitting down."
"We are now asking the Commission on Elections
to act with speed on this complaint and they should not, unlike the military,be numb to these violations," he
Bayan Muna News Feed
Witnessing the installation of the CCS machine at the House of Representatives which would receive electronic returns for the national canvass for president and vice president on election day, Bayan Muna representatives Teddy Casiño and Neri Colmenares today reiterated their call for the Comelec to implement new safeguards, "otherwise, the CCS machines will be susceptible to that basic rule in computer technology - garbage in, garbage out."
It is an impeachable offense if Comelec will not prosecute" said Bayan Muna Partylist Representative Neri Colmenares.
The only reason why she is moving heaven and earth to appoint one is because she intends to have a friendly Supreme Court once plunder cases are filed against her" said Bayan Muna Representative Neri Javier Colmenares.
Neri Javier Colmenares
On nuisance graft case against NUPL ...
On nuisance graft case against NUPL president Neri Colmenares
Like many, Mr Neri ...
Like many, Mr Neri Colmenares, executive director of the National Union of People's Lawyers, said the threats discouraged lawyers from representing clients.