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MAKAPILI (Makabayan Katipunan Ñg Mg̃a Pilipino or Alliance of Philippine Patriots) was a militant group formed in the Philippines during World War II to give military aid to Japan[1]. Organised by Benigno Ramos and Artemio Ricarte, they were born out of José P. Laurel's refusal to conscript Filipinos for Japan.[2] The Japanese decreed that the group should be founded in November 1944 when they brought together many of the supporters of the defunct Ganap Party.[3] Like Ganap its main area of support was Metro Manila, although Makapili established chapters across the islands, attracting some support.[4] Makapili members are best remembered by turning on Filipinos to the Japanese through pointing at insurgents with their heads covered with a bayong (Filipino basket).

After the war the group was vilified for its involvement in some Japanese outrages on the islands and individual members faced trials for treason as a result.[5]

A 1951 film of the same name was made starring Justina David[6].


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