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MAGDALO Party-List

  • The Sectoral Organization traces its origin from the Samahang Magdalo, a socio-civic organization

    established on November 29, 2008. Consisting of retired and former members of the Armed Forces of the

    Philippines (AFP) and civilian volunteers, Samahang Magdalo plays an active role in nation-building

    through encouraging volunteerism, instilling socio-civic consciousness, and mainstreaming citizen’s

    participation in the fight against graft and corruption, among others.

    Over the years, the membership of Samahang Magdalo increased exponentially. Many of the members

    came from the urban poor and the youth sectors, particularly the children of its regular members who also

    wanted to be part of the organization. As such, the organization undertook numerous projects to help its

    members and their families.

    Samahang Magdalo realized that to be able to institute meaningful and long-term reforms, there is a need

    for proper representation in the House of Representatives. As such, the organization organized a formal

    Sectoral Party-List Organization which will seek to represent its constituents, particularly retired and

    former AFP personnel and their families, the urban poor and the youth, in the House of Representatives

    under the Party-List System Act, Republic Act No. 7941. Hence, the MAGDALO PARA SA PILIPINO

    SECTORAL PARTY-LIST ORGANIZATION (“MAGDALO PARTY-LIST”) was formally organized

    on July 27, 2010 at Quezon City.

Cong.Francisco Ashley “Ace” L. Acedillo

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Francisco Ashley L. Acedillo was born on January 27, 1977 in Cebu City.  He earned a degree in BS Management from the Philippine Military Academy in 1995, where he graduated in the top 10% of the “Masikhay” Class of 1999. While in PMA, he was a consistent dean’s list and commandant’s list awardee. He was also awarded the Association of Generals and Flag Officers (AGFO) Prize for garnering the highest grades in History for four consecutive years.

After his graduation from the PMA, he joined the Philippine Air Force. He was sent to the Philippine Air Force Flying School that same year.  After the Flying School, he joined the 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing as a UH 1H pilot, performing perilous helicopter missions in Zamboanga, Basilan, Sulu, Northern and Southern Mindanao, Southern Luzon, and Cagayan Valley. As a helicopter pilot, he was awarded the military’s Gold Cross Medal – the third highest award for gallantry in action.  He was also bestowed two Distinguished Aviation Crosses, both in action in Mindanao, against elements of the Abu Sayyaf group in joint operations with the Army and Marines.

A distinguished officer with 18 awards and decorations by the time he was a first lieutenant, he joined more than 300 Magdalo soldiers in what would become the Oakwood mutiny of July 27, 2003.  He was sent to military prison, where he was detained for five years.  Despite being imprisoned, he managed to enroll at the University of the Philippine Open University along with dozens of other officers, taking courses in Master of Development Communication several units shy of graduation.

After his release from prison in August 2008, he worked as a Program Director in the Institute for Solidarity in Asia, a non-government organization advocating for good governance.  In late 2010, after applying for a competitive scholarship, he was awarded the Washington Sycip Graduate School of Business full scholarship, to study at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) where he finished his Master of Management in 2011. After graduate school, he worked as Management Consultant for various government agencies, namely:

- Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

- Senate of the Philippines

- National Security Council

- Metro Manila Development Authority

- Philippine Health Insurance Corporation

- Food and Drug Administration.

He also consulted for the merchandising giant, Boardwalk. Shortly after joining the largest paper manufacturing company, Trust International Paper Corporation, as Senior Manager – he returned to public service as a nominee of the Magdalo Para sa Pilipino Party-list in the 2013 elections. Surprising many political pundits, the Magdalo garnered more than half a million votes and landed two seats in Congress on their first foray into elective office.  As one of two party-list Representatives of the Magdalo in the House of Representatives, he serves as Vice Chairman of the Committee on Globalization and WTO and sits as member of six major committees, namely:

- Appropriations

- Civil Service and Professional Regulation

- Foreign Affairs

- Higher and Technical Education

- Government Reorganization

- Transportation

as well as being member of two other special committees:  the Committee on East ASEAN Growth and the Congressional Oversight Committee on Disaster Management. He is a founding member and sits on the Board of Trustees of the Party-list Coalition Foundation, Inc. – a permanent organization of more than 40 party-list congressmen.  Since 2009 until his election in 2013, he has served as spokesman of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and the Magdalo Group.

EDUCATION

MASTER OF MANAGEMENT

W. Sycip Graduate School of Business Scholar

Asian Institute of Management

Joseph R. McMicking Campus, 123 Paseo de Roxas, Makati City

January 17, 2011 – December 11, 2011

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN MANAGEMENT

Philippine Military Academy (PMA), Fort del Pilar, Baguio City

April 1995 – March 1999

Major: Management; Minor: Air Force Studies

Class Standing: 21/216; Distinction(s): Dean’s List, Commandant’s List

BASIC AIR FORCE COURSE

Air Command and Staff College, Villamor Air Base, Pasay City

December 1998 – February 1999

Class Standing: 3/55; Distinction(s): Honor Graduate Award, Academic Excellence Award

MILITARY PILOT TRAINING

Philippine Air Force Flying School, Fernando Air Base, Lipa City

October 1999 – December 2000

Distinction(s): Military Merit Medal, Luzon Anti-Dissidence Campaign Medal

EXECUTIVE COURSE ON NATIONAL SECURITY

Defense Management Institute, National Defense College of the Philippines

Camp Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City

October 2009

STRATEGIC PLANNING COURSE

Command and General Staff College (CGSC), Armed Forces of the Philippines

Camp Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City

August-September 2010

CERTIFIED SECURITY PROFESSIONAL (CSP)

Professional Industrial Security Management Program

Philippine Society for Industrial Security (PSIS)

July 19-23, 2010

SKILLS

Communications:

• As Chief of the Information and Publication Branch, Public Information Office, Philippine Air

Force, served as Editor-in-Chief of the Air Force Newsletter (with a 20,000 nationwide target

readership). Drafted press releases for and liaised with difference media entities.

May-September 1999

• As Officer on Detached Service (DS) with the Office of the Commanding General, Philippine

Air Force (PAF), Designated member of the PAF Anniversary Publication Team in

2001.Published the inaugural issue of the PAF magazine, “The Air Force Way”. May-July 2001

• As Officer on Special Detail (SD) with the Public Information Office, Philippine Air Force,

published the 5th edition of the “Air Force Way” anniversary magazine as Editor-in-Chief.

May-July 2005

• Published several articles in assorted publications of the Philippine Air Force and Armed

Forces of the Philippines. 1999-2008

Strategic Planning/Policy Research:

• As Program Director at the Institute for Solidarity in Asia (NGO for good governance),

 managed the training programs of 25 LGUs (2 provinces, 22 cities, and 1 municipality) in

strategic planning, performance management and good governance.

September 2008-June 2009

• Consultant for Policy Research and Special Studies to LT GENERAL PEDRITO S.

CADUNGOG AFP, Commanding General, Philippine Air Force. January 2008-December 2009

• Consultant for Policy Research and Special Studies to LT GENERAL OSCAR H. RABENA

AFP, Commanding General, Philippine Air Force. January 2009-October 2009 and

May-September 2010

• Senior Consultant for Strategic Studies to Secretary CESAR P. GARCIA, National Security

Adviser and Director General, National Security Council. July 2010 – June 2013

• Legislative Consultant, Senate Select Committee for Government Procurement, Senate of

the Philippines. January 2011

Operations/Executive

• Served in various capacities as a Commissioned Officer in the Staff Functions:

Philippine Air Force (PAF), especially in the area of combat helicopter operations in field areas

throughout Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao as Helicopter Pilot in the UH-1H “Huey”.

January 2001-July 2003

• Initially Consultant to the Director General (Aug 2008-June 2009) then Deputy Chief of Staff,

Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, one of two principal executive staff officers to the

Director General for Civil Aviation. July-October 2009

• Technical Consultant to the Chief Finance Officer, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.

January -August 2012

• Change Management Consultant to the President & CEO, Philippine Health Insurance

Corporation (Philhealth), for a World Bank-funded “Program to Ensure Universal Health

Coverage to All Filipinos”. April 2012-October 2012.

HONORS

• Honor Graduate Award (#3 Overall), Air Command and Staff College – March 1999

• Academic Excellence Award, Air Command and Staff College – March 1999 AGFO

(Association of General and Flag Officers) Award, for being No.1 in all History subjects for

4 yrs. in PMA (Top 10% of graduating class) – March 1999

• (1) Gold Cross Medal, for gallantry in action (3rd highest combat award) – November 2002

• (1) Distinguished Aviation Cross, for distinguished heroism in flight operations (4th highest

combat award) -June 2002

• (3) Bronze Cross Medals, for various acts of bravery involving risk of life in non-combat

operations – Various years

• (12) other awards and decorations from the Armed Forces of the Phils.– From 1999 to 2008

• Trailblazer Award, 2008 UP Centennial Celebrations

ACTIVITIES

• Nine (9) years experience as Military Officer and Combat Helicopter Pilot (1999-2008)

• Qualified UH-1H Huey Helicopter Pilot (400+ flight hrs.)

• Qualified Cessna R-172 Pilot (180 flight fours)

• Founding Member, Aviation Society of the Phils., Inc. (2009-Present)

• National Spokesman, Magdalo (2009 – Present)

Cong.Gary C. Alejano

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Gary C. Alejano is a former Captain of the Philippine Marine Corps, Armed Forces of the Philippines. He is one of the leaders of the Magdalo Group that exposed anomalies and corruption of the Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Administration in 2003 and 2007. Their protests have shaken the government and prompted reforms in the AFP and the government as a whole.

Gary was born in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental on 22 January 1973. He is the third child of Alfredo Altura Alejano (deceased) and Angelica Ligo Cajolo. He is now married to Minerva Cojuangco of Bamban, Tarlac. Gary and Minnie are blessed with three daughters and a son; twins Martine Gwyneth & Micah Gabrielle, Maxine Gail and Gary Alejano Jr. After high school, he took Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of Cebu. On his third year, he took and passed the PMA entrance examination. He entered PMA in 1991 and graduated in 1995 at the top quarter of his class with a degree of B.S. in Naval Systems Engineering. Because of his great admiration on the discipline of a Marine soldier, he joined the Philippine Marine Corps after graduating from PMA. After a short stint at the 5th Marine Battalion Landing Team, he joined the elite Force Reconnaissance Battalion.

He was assigned and saw action in different parts of the country – from the provinces of Batangas, Cavite & Quezon in Luzon, to the provinces of Cotabato, Maguindanao, Lanao, Basilan and Sulu in Mindanao. He was involved in various combat and rescue operations especially against the dreaded Abu Sayyaf and lawless elements in Western Mindanao. He was also in the forefront during the Camp Abubakar Campaign in 2000 where he was “wounded in action” when his Recon Company infiltrated and captured MILF defences west of Narciso Ramos Highway in Matanog, Maguindanao.

During his service in the Marine Corps, he was awarded with various medals like the Gold Cross, Bronze Cross, Military Merit & Commendation Medals, and other campaign medals. He was even recommended to be awarded with Medal of Valor for bravery in action. In areas where Gary was assigned, he saw the true state of our country. He bore witness to the bitter truth that there are Filipinos who suffer as victims of war and injustice. His first-hand experience of the gripping hunger and destitution in our country’s far-flung areas, where basic government services remain inaccessible, revealed negligence on the part of the government. With this realization, Gary decided to find solutions to the challenges and issues our country is facing today. His sincere desire for change has led him to be involved in the Oakwood and the Manila Peninsula incidents.

His involvement in these protests led to his incarceration for almost seven years. In 2010, he was granted amnesty together with other members of Magdalo by the newly installed Aquino administration. Years in detention have not dampened his spirit. The fire in his heart to serve our country continues to burn even brighter. He continues to stand for the truth and for genuine change in our country. In the 2013 Elections, the Magdalo Para sa Pilipino Partylist garnered two seats in the House of the Representatives. Gary Alejano, being the number one nominee of the Partylist, was proclaimed by COMELEC as one of its representatives. Magdalo Partylist aims to represent the sectors of former and retired members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the urban poor, and the youth. At present, Alejano has already filed 149 Bills and 59 Resolutions, 5 of which has already been enacted into law including RA 10649 which increases the burial assistance given to veterans, and the passage of a Joint Resolution increasing the subsistence allowance of the officers and enlisted personnel of the AFP as well as other uniformed personnel in the bureaucracy.

He is committed to author and support measures meant to expand or increase support grants given to members and family of the AFP and the PNP, the formulation of a National Security Strategy, the passage of measures meant to improve the lives of our veterans and retirees, and the passage of the new Salary Standardization Law which seeks to make the remuneration of government workers more competitive and at par with the prevailing rate in the private sector. He is currently the Vice Chairman of the Defense and Security Committee and members of the following other committees; Veterans Welfare, Peace Unity and Reconciliation, Public Works and Highways, Reforestation, Food Security, Public Order and Safety, Youth and Sports Development, at Urban and Housing Development. Anchored on his unwavering commitment to serve the people, Alejano maintains perfect attendance in all sessions of the House of Representatives from 2013 to present. Recently, Alejano was awarded as the 2015 UP Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni in Public Service for his “extraordinary achievements and excellent contributions that bring about substantial benefits to society and distinct honor to the University”. He was also honored by the Publishers Association of the Philippines, Inc. as one of the 2015 Outstanding Congressmen of the Philippines. Undaunted by the struggles and challenges ahead, Gary Alejano is willing as always to risk life and limb for the service of the motherland, whether it be in the jungles of Mindanao or in the halls of House of Representatives.

COMMITTEES:

Vice Chairman: National Defense & Security
 Member: Public Order and Safety, Public Works and Highways, Veterans affairs and Welfare, Housing and Urban Development, youth and Sports Development

SPECIAL COMMITTEES:

Reforestation, Peace, Reconciliation and Unity, Food Security, Ad Hoc Committee on BBL

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

      Magdalo Para sa Pilipino Partylist – Representative (30 June 2013- present)

 Represent in Congress the sectors of former and retired members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the urban and the youth.

  • Committee on National Defense and Security – Vice- Chairperson
  • Special Committee on Food Security – Member
  • Committee on Housing and Urban Development- Member
  • Committee on Youth and Sports Development – Member
  • Committee on Public Works and Highways –Member
  • Special Committee on Reforestation – Member
  • Committee on Veterans Affairs and Welfare – Member

 

Samahang Magdalo, Inc., www.samahangmagdalo.org (2008-2013)

President

Responsible for the overall management and operation of the organization towards the achievement of its mission and vision.

 

Senate Select Oversight Committee on Intelligence & Confidential Funds, Programs & Activities (2011-2012)

Consultant

Advises the Committee on Intelligence & Confidential Funds, Programs & Activities

 

Senate Select Oversight Committee on Local Government Code of 1991(2011-2012)

Consultant

Advises the Committee on Local Government Code of 1991

 

Office of President, Office of the Executive Secretary, Mabini Hall, Malacanang (2011-2012)

Consultant

Provide technical expertise in special projects and advise on situations that have security implications

 

Presidential Security Group, Malacanang Palace (Jan – Jul 2003)

  • Special Reaction Unit

Tasked to provide convoy security and special operations requirements in all sorties and engagements of the President of Republic of the Philippines throughout the country

  • Presidential Security Group Training School

Acted as advance team leader and perimeter security of the President of the Republic of the Philippines in her sorties and engagements throughout the country. Undergone as student of VIP Protection Course and was awarded the following:

 

Philippine Marine Corps, Armed Forces of the Philippines (1995 – 2003)

Experienced various positions in both peace time and combat situations of increasing responsibilities in Management, Field Supervision, Administration, Logistics, Training and Operations. Previously held a rank of Captain. Honored with various awards and commendations.

 

  • Force Reconnaissance Battalion
    • Intelligence Officer
    • Commanding Officer, 61st Marine Recon Company
    • Acted in various capacities as Executive Officer and Platoon Commander of three (3) Marine Recon Companies of the Battalion
    • Acted in various capacities as Mess, Supply, Finance, and Investigating Officer of the different recon companies of the Battalion. Also acted as sniper employment officer and responsible for the retraining and orientation of snipers in the battalion

 

  • Marine Battalion Landing Team – 5
    • Acting Commanding Officer of Headquarters & Service Company and Responsible Supply Officer of the Battalion
    • Platoon Commander, 25th Marine Company
    • Acted as the Mess, Supply and Investigating Officer as well as Unit Historian of 25MC

 

  • Philippine Marine Corps Training Center
    • Assistant Director of Special Training School responsible for the conduct of all special operations courses in the Philippine Marine Corps.
    • Course Director of the following courses: Marine Reconnaissance Course Class 07 of 50 students, Marine Jumpmasters’ Course Class 33 of 30 students, and Basic Military Scuba Diver’s Course Class 07 of 40 students. Also responsible for drafting Program Of Instructions (POI) of Marine Jumpmaster and Force Recon courses.
    • Assistant Course Director of Marine Basic Airborne Course Class 36 of 70 students and Sniper Module Director and Water Survival instructor of  Marine Reconnaissance Class 06 of 40 students.

                 

 

EDUCATION

 

Masters of Public Management UP Open University 2007 – 2012
New Enterprise Planning UP Open University 2006
Bachelor of Science in Naval System Engineering Philippine Military Academy, Baguio City 1991 – 1995
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Eng’g (2nd Yr) Cebu Central Colleges, Cebu City 1989-1991

 

 

TRAINING

 

Brgy Good Governance for National Transformation Pimentel Center for Local Governance, Makati 2010
RP-US BALIKATAN 2003 Clarkfield, Pampanga 2003
VIP Protection Course Nr 69 PSG Training School, Malacanang 2003
High Altitude High Opening (HAHO) Clarkfield, Angeles, Pampanga 2003
RP-US TALON VISION 2002 Clarkfield, Angeles, Pampanga 2002
RP-US CARAT 2002 Marine Base Ternate, Cavite 2002
RP-US BALIKATAN 2002 Marine Base Ternate, Cavite 2002
RP-US Balance Piston 2002 Marine Base Ternate, Cavite 2002
Computer Simulated Exercise MCTC, Fort Bonifacio, Makati City 2002
Military Scuba Diver’s Course Cl-06 TSS, MCTC, Fort Bonifacio, Makati 2000
RP-US CARAT 2000 Fort Magasaysay, N.E./ MBT, Cavite 2000
Naval Intelligence Officer Course Nr 57 NITI, NISF, Fort Bonifacio, Makati City 1999 – 2000
Marine Jumpmaster Course Nr 30 TSS, MCTC, Fort Bonifacio, Makati 1998
Marine Officer Basic Course Nr 15 TAS, MCTC, Fort Bonifacio, Makati 1997 – 1998
Jungle Environmental Survival Training Subic Freeport, Olongapo 1997
Force Recon Course Cl-03 STS, PMTC, Fort Bonifacio, Makati 1996 – 1997
RP-US CARAT 1996 Marine Base Ternate, Cavite 1996
Marine Officer Orientation Crse Nr 11 STS, PMTC, Fort Bonifacio, Makati 1995
Marine Basic Airborne Course Nr 31 STS, PMTC, Fort Bonifacio, Makati 1995
Intel Seminar PMA, Fort del Pilar, Baguio City 1995
     

 

AWARDS & DECORATIONS

 

Type of Award Achievement
Special Program Award Exemplary Academic Achievement in the Masters of Public Management Program at the UP Open University
Commander, Naval Intelligence and Security Force Certificate of Merit For outstanding performance and remarkable achievement  having graduated Nr 1 in a class of fifteen (15) students of Naval Intelligence Officers Course Nr 57 conducted by Naval Intelligence Training Institute
Director, Naval Intelligence Training Institute Certificate of Merit For obtaining the highest grade in all non-academic subjects in a class of fifteen (15) students of Naval Intelligence Officers Course Nr 57 conducted by Naval Intelligence Training Institute
Director, Naval Intelligence Training Institute Certificate of Merit For obtaining the highest grade in all Physical Training in a class of fifteen (15) students of Naval Intelligence Officers Course Nr 57 conducted by Naval Intelligence Training Institute
Certificate of Merit (VIP Protection Course 69) For outstanding performance and remarkable achievement  having graduated Nr 1 in a class of forty nine (49) students of VIP Protection Course Nr 69 conducted by PSG Training School, Malacanang, Manila
Certificate of Merit (VIP Protection Course 69) For obtaining the highest grade in all Marksmanship  Training  in a class of forty nine (49) students of VIP Protection Course Nr 69 conducted by PSG Training School, Malacanang, Manila
Certificate of Merit (VIP Protection Course 69) For obtaining the Top Gun Award during the Field Training Exercise of VIP Protection Course Nr 69 conducted by PSG Training School, Malacanang, Manila
Certificate of Merit (PMA Dept of PE Plaque) For obtaining the highest overall grade in Physical Education subjects in four (4) years of training at the Philippine Military Academy
Certificate of Merit (MOBC 15) For graduating Nr 2 with the final grade of 90.53% in the Marine Officer Basic Course Nr 15
Military Merit Medal (4) For meritorious and invaluable service rendered as members of  the PAOCTF Mindanao Area 1 on 12 April 1999 against KFRG at  Manday, CotabatoCity
Military Commendation Medal (1) For demonstrated outstanding performance as player of the PMC Taekwondo Team that won the championship in the PN Admirals Cup 1995
Military Commendation Medal (2) For demonstrated outstanding performance as trainer and player of the PMC Team that won the Championship in the PN Admiral’s Cup 1996
Military Commendation Medal (3) For demonstrated exemplary efficiency and devotion to duty as coach of the PMC Swimming Team that won the Championship in the PN Admiral’s Cup 1997
Military Commendation Medal (4) For demonstrated outstanding performance as trainer and player of the PMC Team that won the Championship in the PN Admiral’s Cup 1998
Military Commendation Medal (5) For exemplary efficiency, loyalty and devotion to duty rendered during the renovation of Force Recon Barracks from 01 Aug – 28 Nov 2000
Military Commendation Medal (6) For demonstrated outstanding performance as coach, trainer and player of the PMC Team that won the Championship in the PN Admiral’s Cup 2001
Wounded Personnel Medal For having been wounded in action during the encounter against heavy elements of the BIAF of the MILF rebels at Matanog, Maguindanao o/a 011130H May 2000
Award of Luzon Campaign Medal (1) For services and law enforcement, military and civic action operations in the islands of Luzon and Mindanao and waters immediately adjacent thereto for at least six (6) months
Award of Luzon Campaign Medal (2) For services and law enforcement, mil and civic action opns in the islands of Luzon and Mindanao and waters immediately adjacent thereto for at least (6) months
Award of the Civic Action Medal For services and law enforcement, military and civic action operations in the islands of Luzon and Mindanao and waters immediately adjacent thereto for at least six (6) months
Award of the Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation For services and law enforcement, military and civic action operations in the islands of Luzon and Mindanao and waters immediately adjacent thereto for at least six (6) months
Award of the Mindanao-Sulu Campaign Medal (1) For services and law enforcement, military and civic action operations in the islands of Luzon and Mindanao and waters immediately adjacent thereto for at least six (6) months
Award of the Anti-Dissidence Campaign Medal (2) For services and law enforcement, military and civic action operations in the islands of Luzon and Mindanao and waters immediately adjacent thereto for at least six (6) months
Award of the Anti-Dissidence Campaign Medal (3) For services and law enforcement, military and civic action operations in the islands of Luzon and Mindanao and waters immediately adjacent thereto for at least six (6) months