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The LIBERAL PARTY OF THE PHILIPPINES (Filipino : Partido Liberal ng Pilipinas) is a liberal political party in the Philippines
Philippines
, founded by then senators Senate President Manuel Roxas , Senate President Pro-Tempore Elpidio Quirino
Elpidio Quirino
, and former 9th Senatorial District Senator José Avelino , on January 19, 1946 by a breakaway Liberal wing from the old Nacionalista Party . It was the ruling party after the election victory of Benigno Aquino III
Benigno Aquino III
as the President of the Philippines
Philippines
. Today, The Liberals are the opposition and maintain the most seats in the Senate , despite being the minority in the House of Representatives .

The Liberal Party
Liberal Party
is the second oldest extant political party in the Philippines
Philippines
in terms of date of establishment, and the oldest continually-active political party in the Philippines. The party has been led by respected liberal thinkers and pro-development politicians like Manuel Roxas , Elpidio Quirino
Elpidio Quirino
, Diosdado Macapagal , Gerry Roxas , Benigno Aquino, Jr.
Benigno Aquino, Jr.
, Jovito Salonga , Raul Daza, Florencio B. Abad, Jr., Franklin Drilon , Mar Roxas , and Benigno Aquino III
Benigno Aquino III
.

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Current party officials * 3 Presidents

* 4 Electoral performance

* 4.1 President * 4.2 Vice president * 4.3 Senate * 4.4 House of Representatives

* 5 Notable members

* 5.1 Philippine presidents * 5.2 Others

* 6 Coalition * 7 References * 8 External links

HISTORY

Liberal Party
Liberal Party
logo during the term of President Noynoy Aquino , 2010-2016

The Liberal Party
Liberal Party
was founded on January 19, 1946 by Manuel Roxas , the first President of the Third Philippine Republic . It was formed by Roxas from what was once the "Liberal Wing" of the old Nacionalista Party . Two more Presidents of the Philippines
Philippines
elected into office came from the LP: Elpidio Quirino
Elpidio Quirino
and the redoubtable Diosdado Macapagal . Two other presidents came from the ranks of the LP, as former members of the party who later chose to follow a different path by joining the Nacionalistas: Ramon Magsaysay
Ramon Magsaysay
and Ferdinand Marcos
Ferdinand Marcos
.

During the days leading to his declaration of martial law , Marcos would find his old party as a potent roadblock to his quest for one-man rule . Led by Ninoy Aquino , Gerry Roxas and Jovito Salonga , the LP would time and again hound the would-be dictator on issues like human rights and the curtailment of freedoms . Not even Marcos' declaration of martial law silenced the LP, and the party continued to fight the dictatorship despite the costs. Many of its leaders and members would be prosecuted and even killed during this time.

In recent times, the LP was instrumental in ending more than half a century of US military presence in the Philippines
Philippines
with its campaign in the Philippine Senate of 1991 to reject a new RP-US Bases Treaty. This ironically cost the party dearly, losing for it the elections of 1992 . Despite the loss, in 2000 it again showed its mettle by standing against the corruption of the Joseph Estrada government , actively supporting the Resign-Impeach-Oust initiatives that led to People Power II .

In 2006, the Philippines' ruling political party, Lakas-CMD , with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
serving as its supremo, was influential in "hijacking" the Liberal Party
Liberal Party
by way of overthrowing the party presidency of Sen. Franklin Drilon at a rump party meeting at the Manila Hotel . With the marching orders and blessing of Lakas, LP members sympathetic to the Arroyo government used the meeting on March 2 to install Manila
Manila
Mayor Lito Atienza as the party president, thus triggering an LP leadership struggle and party schism. Days later, the Supreme Court proclaimed Drilon the true president of the party, leaving the Atienza wing expelled.

The Liberal Party
Liberal Party
regained new influence in 2010 when it nominated as its next presidential candidate then-Senator Benigno Aquino III, the son of former President Corazon Aquino , after the latter\'s death that subsequently showed a massive outpouring of sympathy for the Aquino family. Even though the party had earlier nominated Sen. Manuel "Mar" Roxas II to be its presidential candidate for the 2010 Philippine general election , Roxas chose to give way to Aquino and ran for vice president instead. During the fierce campaign battle that followed, the party was able to field new members breaking away from the then-ruling party Lakas Kampi CMD to become the largest minority party in Congress.

CURRENT PARTY OFFICIALS

* TITULAR HEAD: Vice-President Maria Leonor G. Robredo (Naga ) (2016–Present) * CHAIRMAN EMERITUS: Former President Benigno Aquino III (2016-present) * CHAIRMAN: Senator Franklin Drilon ( Iloilo
Iloilo
) (2011–present) * VICE CHAIR: Representative Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. ( Quezon City
Quezon City
) (2011–Present) * PRESIDENT: Senator Francis Pangilinan ( Quezon City
Quezon City
) (2016–Present) * VICE PRESIDENT FOR POLICY: Representative Henedina R. Abad ( Batanes ) (2011–present) * TREASURER: Governor Alfonso Umali, Jr. ( Oriental Mindoro
Oriental Mindoro
) (2011–present) * SECRETARY-GENERAL: Representative Josephine Ramirez-Sato ( Occidental Mindoro ) (2015–present)

PRESIDENTS

TERM IN OFFICE NAME

January 19, 1946 – April 15, 1948 Manuel Roxas

January 19, 1946 – May 8, 1949 José Avelino

April 17, 1948 – December 30, 1950 Elpidio Quirino
Elpidio Quirino

December 30, 1950 – December 30, 1957 Eugenio Pérez

December 30, 1957 – December 30, 1961 Diosdado Macapagal

December 30, 1961 – December 30, 1965 Diosdado Macapagal

May 1964 – May 10, 1969 Cornelio T. Villareal

May 10, 1969 – April 19, 1982 Gerardo Roxas

April 20, 1982 – June 1, 1993 Jovito Salonga

June 2, 1993 – October 17, 1994 Wigberto Tañada

October 18, 1994 – September 19, 1999 Raul A. Daza

September 20, 1999 – August 9, 2004 Florencio Abad

October 1, 2012 – 2016 Joseph Emilio Abaya

2016 – present Francis Pangilinan

ELECTORAL PERFORMANCE

Liberal Party
Liberal Party
Logo from 1946-2011, restored in 2017

PRESIDENT

ELECTION CANDIDATE NUMBER OF VOTES SHARE OF VOTES OUTCOME OF ELECTION

1946 Manuel Roxas 1,333,392 54.94% WON

1949 Elpidio Quirino
Elpidio Quirino
(Quirino wing) 1,803,808 50.93% WON

1949 José Avelino (Avelino wing) 419,890 11.85% LOST

1953 Elpidio Quirino
Elpidio Quirino
1,313,991 31.08% LOST

1957 José Yulo 1,386,829 27.62% LOST

1961 Diosdado Macapagal 3,554,840 55.00% WON

1965 Diosdado Macapagal 3,187,752 42.88% LOST

1969 Sergio Osmeña, Jr. 3,143,122 38.51% LOST

1981 N/A N/A N/A BOYCOTTED

1986 N/A N/A N/A Supported Corazon Aquino who became president

1992 Jovito Salonga 2,302,123 10.16% LOST

1998 Alfredo Lim 2,344,362 8.71% LOST

2004 N/A N/A N/A Supported Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
who WON

2010 Benigno Aquino III
Benigno Aquino III
15,208,678 42.08% WON

2016 Mar Roxas 9,978,175 23.45% LOST

VICE PRESIDENT

ELECTION CANDIDATE NUMBER OF VOTES SHARE OF VOTES OUTCOME OF ELECTION

1946 Elpidio Quirino
Elpidio Quirino
1,161,725 52.36% WON

1949 Fernando Lopez (Quirino wing) 1,341,284 52.19% WON

1949 Vicente J. Francisco (Avelino wing) 44,510 1.73% LOST

1953 José Yulo 1,483,802 37.10% LOST

1957 Diosdado Macapagal 2,189,197 46.55% WON

1961 Emmanuel Pelaez 2,394,400 37.57% WON

1965 Gerardo Roxas 3,504,826 48.12% LOST

1969 Genaro Magsaysay 2,968,526 37.54% LOST

1986 Eva Estrada-Kalaw (Kalaw wing) 662,185 3.31% LOST; main wing supported Salvador Laurel who became vice president

1992 N/A N/A N/A Supported Aquilino Pimentel, Jr.
Aquilino Pimentel, Jr.
who LOST

1998 Sergio Osmeña III 2,351,462 9.20% LOST

2004 N/A N/A N/A Supported Noli de Castro who WON

2010 Mar Roxas 13,918,490 39.58% LOST

2016 Leni Robredo
Leni Robredo
14,418,817 35.11% WON

SENATE

ELECTION NUMBER OF VOTES SHARE OF VOTES SEATS WON SEATS AFTER OUTCOME OF ELECTION

1946 8,626,965 47.7% 8 / 16 9 / 24 COALITION

1947 12,241,929 54.5% 7 / 8 15 / 24 WON

1949 12,782,449 52.5% 7 / 8 18 / 24 WON

1951 8,764,190 39.9% 0 / 9 12 / 24 WON

1953 8,861,244 36.0% 0 / 8 7 / 24 LOST

1955 7,395,988 28.9% 0 / 9 0 / 24 LOST

1957 8,934,218 31.8% 2 / 8 2 / 24 LOST

1959 10,850,799 31.7% 2 / 8 4 / 24 LOST

1961 14,988,931 37.9% 4 / 8 8 / 24 LOST

1963 22,794,310 49.8% 4 / 8 10 / 24 WON

1965 23,158,197 46.9% 2 / 8 10 / 24 LOST

1967 18,127,926 37.1% 1 / 8 7 / 24 LOST

1969 21,060,474 39.1% 2 / 8 5 / 24 LOST

1971 33,469,677 57.4% 5 / 8 8 / 24 LOST

1987 N/A N/A N/A N/A WON under the LABAN coalition

1992 * 19,158,013 6.9% 1 / 24 1 / 24 LOST

1995 N/A N/A N/A N/A DID NOT PARTICIPATE

1998 5,429,123 2.6% 0 / 12 0 / 24 LOST

2001 19,131,732 7.9% 1 / 13 1 / 24 Independent-led COALITION

2004 30,008,158 12.0% 2 / 12 4 / 24 Liberal Party-led COALITION

2007 28,843,415 10.7% 2 / 12 4 / 24 Nacionalista Party -led COALITION

2010 78,227,817 26.34% 3 / 12 4 / 24 PMP -led COALITION

2013 33,369,204 11.32% 1 / 12 4 / 24 Liberal Party-led COALITION

2016 100,512,795 31.30% 5 / 12 6 / 24 SPLIT; PDP-Laban -led coalition, lost

*in coalition with PDP-Laban

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

ELECTION NUMBER OF VOTES SHARE OF VOTES SEATS OUTCOME OF ELECTION

1946 1,129,971 47.06% 49 / 98 WON

1949 1,834,173 53.00% 66 / 100 WON

1953 1,624,571 39.81% 59 / 102 WON

1957 1,453,527 30.16% 19 / 102 LOST

1961 2,167,641 33.71% 29 / 104 LOST

1965 3,721,460 51.32% 61 / 104 WON

1969 2,641,786 41.76% 18 / 110 LOST

1978 N/A N/A N/A BOYCOTTED; most members ran under the LABAN that lost

1984 N/A N/A N/A BOYCOTTED; most members ran under the LABAN that lost

1987 * 2,101,575 10.5% 16 / 200 Lakas ng Bansa-led COALITION

1992 ** 1,644,568 8.8% 11 / 199 Lakas-NUCD-UMDP -led COALITION

1995 * 358,245 1.9% 5 / 204 Lakas-NUCD-UMDP -led COALITION

1998 * 1,773,124 7.3% 15 / 221 LOST

2001

19 / 219 Lakas-NUCD-UMDP -led COALITION

2004

29 / 237 Lakas-CMD -led COALITION

2007

23 / 271 Lakas-CMD -led COALITION

2010 6,802,227 19.93% 47 / 287 Liberal Party-led COALITION

2013 10,557,265 38.27% 111 / 292 Liberal Party-led COALITION

2016 15,552,401 41.72% 115 / 297 SPLIT; PDP-Laban -led coalition, lost

*does not include candidates who ran as under a Liberal Party
Liberal Party
ticket along with another party. **in coalition with PDP-Laban

NOTABLE MEMBERS

PHILIPPINE PRESIDENTS

* Manuel Roxas (5th President of the Philippines; one of the co-founders) * Elpidio Quirino
Elpidio Quirino
(6th President of the Philippines) * Diosdado Macapagal (9th President of the Philippines) * Ferdinand Marcos
Ferdinand Marcos
(10th President of the Philippines) - Marcos won in 1965 as the candidate of the Liberal Party's rival Nacionalista Party , the party to where Marcos defected after failing to get the LP nomination * Benigno Aquino III
Benigno Aquino III
(15th President of the Philippines)

OTHERS

* Gerardo Roxas, Sr. (Senator ; Liberal Party
Liberal Party
leader during the Marcos dictatorship) * Macario Peralta, Jr. (World War II Hero, Philippine Army General, Senator of the Philippines, Secretary of National Defense) * Cesar Climaco (Mayor of Zamboanga City , vocal critic and opponent of Martial Law) * Benigno Aquino, Jr.
Benigno Aquino, Jr.
(Senator of the Philippines) * Eva Estrada-Kalaw (Senator of the Philippines) * Eddie Ilarde (Senator of the Philippines) * Ramon Mitra, Jr. (16th Speaker of the Philippine House of Representatives) * Narciso Ramos (Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs; one of the co-founders) * Ramon Bagatsing
Ramon Bagatsing
(longest-serving Mayor of Manila , Plaza Miranda bombing survivor) * Emmanuel Pelaez (Vice-President of the Philippines, Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs; Philippine Ambassador to the United States of America, Senator of the Philippines) * Rashid Lucman (Congressman of Lanao del Sur, Exposed the Jabidah massacre and other Marcos abuses in Congress) * Jovito Salonga ( former Senate President of the Philippines, survived the Plaza Miranda bombing ) * Manuel Roxas II (Iformer Interior and Local Government Secretary) * Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. (former Speaker of the Philippine House of Representatives) * Jesse Robredo (Former Mayor of Naga City & Former Interior and Local Government Secretary) *