National Alliance for Democracy (Philippines)

Country: Philippines
Details of Formation: The National Alliance for Democracy emerged in late 1988, when 20 anti-communist movements and vigilante groups decided to unite and form an umbrella organisation.
Details of Termination: The last evidence is from 2008 when the PGM held an indignation rally. In 2010, Benigno Aquino III became president. As we have no information on the group’s existence after the change in government, we code it as terminated from the day of government change on.
Purpose: The NAD’s main purpose was to fight the communist insurgency. It was part of the new military strategy to increase political warfare and in this mark the Defense Secretary Ramos enlisted the NAD to roll back popular support for the Communist Party.
Organisation: The government of President Corazon Aquino sanctioned the NAD.
Weapons and Training: NAD members asked the military for weapons, but we have no information whether the military answered that demand.
Size: Upon foundation, the umbrella NAD was composed of 20 groups. By 2000, this had increased to 120 participant groups. In 2008, NAD held a rally with more than 2,000 people, with most of them being members of NAD.
Reason for Membership: During 1988 and 1989 there were cases of forced recruitment, when the military branded people refusing to join as communists.
Treatment of Civilians: --
Other Information: The National Alliance for Democracy (NAD) was initially active in 1988-89 and was apparently revived in 2000. Wikipedia mentions the existence of a party called National Alliance for Democracy, but we have no further information whether it is the same as this PGM. NAD receives some money from large businesses which use them to counter strikes by the May 1st Movement, a radical union federation. NAD is an umbrella group: The Alsa Masa PGM is also part of NAD, as well as other groups such as the Red-Alert Christian Ministry, the Catholic Action to Love the Communists and People’s Alliance against Communism.
References: Wikipedia. “List of political parties in the Philippines”.

Information was taken from news sources listed in the PGMD