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The Partido Demokratiko Pilipino– Lakas ng Bayan
Lakas ng Bayan
(lit. Philippine Democratic Party–Power of the Nation), more commonly known as PDP–Laban, is the ruling political party in the Philippines.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Merger 1.2 Presidency of Rodrigo Duterte
Rodrigo Duterte
and congress majority, 2016–present

2 Ideology and platform

2.1 Five basic party principles

3 Current party officials 4 Notable members

4.1 Elected President of the Philippines 4.2 Elected Vice President of the Philippines 4.3 Elected legislators 4.4 Other notable members

5 2016 elections 6 References 7 External links

History[edit]

Political campaign logo

Older logo used along with the newer and more popular version above

The party now known as PDP–Laban
PDP–Laban
is the result of a merger between the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino and Lakas ng Bayan. Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP) was founded in 1982 by Aquilino "Nene" Pimentel Jr. and a group of protesters against the authoritarian government of Ferdinand Marcos, the 10th President of the Philippines. These protesters include the leaders of Davao City and Cagayan de Oro
Cagayan de Oro
City, such as Zafiro L. Respicio, Rey Magno Teves, Cesar R. Ledesma, Samuel Oceña, Crispin Lanorias and Morgs Cua. Merger[edit] By 1983, PDP had formed a coalition with the Lakas ng Bayan
Lakas ng Bayan
(Filipino for "People Power") party, founded by former Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. in 1978. In 1986, the two groups merged to form the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino- Lakas ng Bayan
Lakas ng Bayan
or PDP LABAN. During that period, PDP LABAN became the single biggest opposition group to run against the presidency of Ferdinand Marcos
Ferdinand Marcos
in the 1986 Snap Presidential Elections. Corazón Aquino, the widow of the assassinated senator Benigno Aquino, Jr., became the party's nominee to run for President. Aquino was persuaded to run by businessman, newspaperman and street parliamentarian Joaquin Roces, who was convinced that Aquino would have the biggest chance to defeat Marcos in the polls. Roces started the "Cory Aquino for President" movement to gather one million voters in one week, to urge Aquino to run for president. However, another opposition group led by Senator Salvador Laurel
Salvador Laurel
of Batangas
Batangas
was also participating in the election, with Laurel as its presidential bet. Before the election, Aquino approached Laurel and offered to give up her allegiance to the PDP-LABAN party and run as president under Laurel's United Nationalist Democratic Organization (UNIDO) party. Laurel later approached Aquino, offering her only the Vice-Presidential nomination of UNIDO (or Unity). In the end, Laurel became the Vice-Presidential running-mate of Aquino, after being convinced to do so by the Archbishop of Manila, Jaime Cardinal Sin. PDP-LABAN then aligned itself with UNIDO, which became the main group and leader of the coalition which opposed Marcos. After the People Power Revolution of 1986, which saw Aquino and Laurel proclaimed President and Vice President, respectively, PDP LABAN continued its alliance with UNIDO until the latter's dissolution in 1987. In 1988, PDP-LABAN was split into two factions: the Pimentel Wing of Aquilino Pimentel, Jr. and the Cojuangco Wing of Jose Cojuangco, Jr.. The Cojuangco Wing and the Lakas ng Bayan
Lakas ng Bayan
party of House Speaker Ramon Mitra, Jr. merged in 1988 to form the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino party. Presidency of Rodrigo Duterte
Rodrigo Duterte
and congress majority, 2016–present[edit] As of May 2016[update], PDP–Laban
PDP–Laban
is headed by its president, senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III, after the then incumbent Vice-President of the Philippines, Jejomar Binay, resigned as party chairman and left the party. The party is currently re-grouping, and there are some movements of expansion especially in Mindanao, where it originated, particularly in the Davao region. Two of the party's founders, Crispin Lanorias and Cesar Ledesma, are again active in recent party activities. After the 2016 elections, PDP–Laban
PDP–Laban
signed a coalition agreement with the Nacionalista Party, Lakas-CMD, National Unity Party and the Nationalist People's Coalition, witnessed by then President-elect Rodrigo Duterte. Immediately after the May 2016 elections, several representatives from other parties moved to PDP-Laban, notably: Geraldine Roman (Bataan), Alfred Vargas (Quezon City), and Ansaruddin Adiong (Lanao del Sur).[5] The party's presence in the House of Representatives eventually grew from three members in the 16th Congress, to 123 members in the current 17th Congress.[6][7] PDP-Laban plans to learn from the Chinese Communist Party. It is set to send some of its members to the CCP's school in Fujian
Fujian
for "policy training" to learn more on how the party is organized.[8] The Filipino party also established ties with United Russia, Russia's ruling party, on October 2017.[9] Ideology and platform[edit] According to self-published material, PDP-LABAN seeks a peaceful and democratic way of life characterized by:

freedom solidarity justice, equity, and social responsibility self-reliance and efficiency enlightened nationalism a federal system of parliamentary government

Five basic party principles[edit]

Theism Authentic humanism Enlightened nationalism Democratic centrist socialism Consultative and participatory democracy

Current party officials[edit]

Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III – president of the party; current senator and senate president Rodrigo Duterte
Rodrigo Duterte
– national chairman of the party; current president of the Philippines; former mayor of Davao City[10] (also a member of Hugpong Sa Tawong Lungsod, a local party based in Davao City) Alfonso Cusi – vice chairman of the party; current department secretary of energy Jorge Bernardo – executive vice president of the party Salvador Ty – vice president of the party for the National Capital Region Virgilio Bote, Jr. – vice president of the party for Luzon; incumbent Mayor of General Tinio, Nueva Ecija Lutgardo Barbo – vice president of the party for Visayas Charito B. Plaza – vice president of the party for Mindanao Pantaleon "Bebot" Alvarez – secretary-general of the party; incumbent Davao del Norte
Davao del Norte
1st district congressman; current house speaker Congressman Vincent "BingBong" P. Crisologo - PDP Laban Quezon City Council President Quezon City Edwin Dayrit Rodriguez - PDP Laban Quezon City
Quezon City
Council Secretary General Quezon City Melvin Matibag – overall deputy secretary of the party Ronwald Munsayac – Chairman of the Public Information Committee and Chief Political Affairs Officer of the Party President Senate President Koko Pimentel Martin Diño – deputy secretary-general of the party for Luzon; also Chairman of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption Benito L. Ranque – deputy secretary-general of the party for Mindanao Mario Espinosa – deputy secretary-general of the party for Bicol Region Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel, Jr. – chairman emeritus

Notable members[edit] Elected President of the Philippines[edit]

Corazon C. Aquino (11th President of the Philippines) Rodrigo Roa Duterte (16th and incumbent President of the Philippines; former Mayor of Davao City; party chairman)

Elected Vice President of the Philippines[edit]

Jejomar Binay
Jejomar Binay
(13th Vice President of the Philippines; former Mayor of Makati
Makati
City; former party chairman; moved to UNA)

Elected legislators[edit]

Ansaruddin Alonto Adiong (incumbent Representative of Lanao del Sur's 1st District) Rolando Andaya Jr.
Rolando Andaya Jr.
(Deputy Speaker for the 17th Congress; incumbent Representative of Camarines Sur's 1st District; former Secretary of Budget and Management) Pantaleon Alvarez
Pantaleon Alvarez
(Speaker of the House for the 17th Congress; incumbent Representative of Davao del Norte's 1st District; secretary-general of the party) Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
(former President of the Philippines, and incumbent Representative of 2nd District of Pampanga) Alan Peter Cayetano
Alan Peter Cayetano
(incumbent Secretary of Foreign Affairs; former Senator; former Senate Majority Floor Leader; former Senate Minority Floor Leader; former Representative of Taguig
Taguig
City-Pateros' Lone District) Monsour del Rosario
Monsour del Rosario
(incumbent Representative of Makati's 1st district and former actor and taekwondo champion) JV Ejercito
JV Ejercito
(incumbent Senator; former Representative of San Juan's Lone district and former Mayor of San Juan) Amado Espino Jr.
Amado Espino Jr.
(incumbent Representative of Pangasinan's 5th District and former Governor of Pangasinan) Joseph Estrada
Joseph Estrada
(former President of the Philippines, and (incumbent Mayor of the City of Manila)

Bayani Fernando
Bayani Fernando
(incumbent Representative of Marikina's 1st District) Gwendolyn Garcia
Gwendolyn Garcia
(Deputy Speaker for the 17th Congress; incumbent Representative of Cebu's 3rd District; former governor of Cebu) Teodoro Locsin Jr.
Teodoro Locsin Jr.
(incumbent Permanent Representative of the Philippines
Philippines
to the United Nations; former Representative of Makati's 1st District from 2001 to 2010) Ernesto Maceda
Ernesto Maceda
(former Senator who ran under this party from 1987 to 1992; later defected to Nationalist People's Coalition
Nationalist People's Coalition
in 1992) Sergio Osmeña III
Sergio Osmeña III
(former Senator who ran under this party from 2001 to 2007) Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao
(incumbent Senator; former Representative of Sarangani's Lone District) Aquilino "Nene" Pimentel, Jr. (former Senate President; former Mayor of Cagayan de Oro) Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III (Senate President for the 17th Congress; president of the party) Strike Revilla (incumbent Representative of Cavite's 2nd District; former Mayor of Bacoor) Lani Mercado (former Representative of Cavite's 2nd District; incumbent Mayor of Bacoor) Ralph Recto (Senate President pro tempore for the 17th Congress) Geraldine Roman (incumbent Representative of Bataan's 1st District) Joey Salceda
Joey Salceda
(incumbent Representative of Albay's 2nd District; former Governor of Albay) Federico Sandoval II (incumbent Representative of Malabon's Lone District) Gian Sotto (incumbent Councilor of Quezon City's Third District) Gustavo Tambunting (incumbent Representative of Parañaque's 2nd District) Abraham Tolentino
Abraham Tolentino
(incumbent Representative of Cavite's 7th District; former mayor of Tagaytay) Lucy Torres (incumbent Representative of Leyte's 4th District; wife of actor and Ormoc
Ormoc
mayor Richard Gomez) Rolando Uy (incumbent Representative of Cagayan de Oro's 1st District) Alfred Vargas (incumbent Representative of Quezon City's 5th District) Luis Raymund Villafuerte (incumbent Representative of Camarines Sur's 2nd District; former Governor of Camarines Sur) Ronaldo Zamora (incumbent Representative of San Juan's Lone District) Juan Miguel Zubiri
Juan Miguel Zubiri
(incumbent Senator; former Senate Majority Floor Leader; former Representative of Bukidnon's 3rd District)

Other notable members[edit]

Vitaliano Aguirre II – Current Justice
Justice
Secretary Benito L. Ranque – Current Department of Energy (Philippines) Undersecretary for Special
Special
Concerns & Local Government Units, former National Secretary General Josefina "Joy" Belmonte – Quezon City
Quezon City
vice mayor Leonor Briones
Leonor Briones
– Education Secretary Jesus B. Cabanacan – incumbent Sangguniang Bayan Member of Barugo, Leyte; Vice-President of the party for the Province of Leyte Christopher "Bong" Go – Special
Special
Assistant to President Duterte Richard Gomez Ormoc
Ormoc
City Mayor and Actor Arnell Ignacio – Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation Assistant Vice President Roy M. Yap – incumbent board member of the First District of Misamis Occidental; Provincial President of the party for the Province of Misamis Occidental Lodivico Mosot – incumbent Vice-Mayor of Tomas Oppus, Southern Leyte; Secretary-General of the party for the Province of Southern Leyte Emmanuel Piñol
Emmanuel Piñol
– current Agriculture Secretary, former Governor and former Vice Governor of North Cotabato Allan L. Rellon
Allan L. Rellon
Tagum
Tagum
mayor Aiza Seguerra
Aiza Seguerra
– National Youth Commission Chairman Ismael Sueno – former governor of South Cotabato; former Secretary of the Department of Interior & Local Government,[11] former national chairman of the party Esther Margaux "Mocha" Justiniano Uson – former MTRCB board member; PCOO appointed Assistant Secretary; senatorial candidate for 2019 elections[12][13][14] Felipe Antonio "Ipe" B. Remollo – incumbent Mayor of Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental David M. Navarro – incumbent Mayor of Clarin, Misamis Occidental ER Ejercito – former Governor of Laguna Joselito R. Mendoza – former Congressman of 3rd District of Bulacan John "Bong" A. Alvarez – incumbent Vice Mayor of San Miguel, Bulacan

2016 elections[edit]

Presidential candidate

Rodrigo Roa Duterte (formally announced candidacy on November 21, 2015 and officially filed Certificate of Candidacy on November 27 and December 8) – WON Martin Diño (filed his candidacy on October 16, 2015, withdrawn on October 29)

Note: Diño earlier stated that should he withdraw his intention to run for president, Davao City
Davao City
Mayor Rodrigo Duterte
Rodrigo Duterte
would be his substitute.[15]

Vice Presidential candidate

Alan Peter Cayetano
Alan Peter Cayetano
(PDP-LABAN guest candidate; a member of the Nacionalista Party
Nacionalista Party
running as an independent candidate)

References[edit]

^ "THE PARTY - PDP-Laban". PDP-Laban. Retrieved June 21, 2016.  ^ BINAY INDUCTS NEW PDP-LABAN MEMBERS IN GMA, CAVITE - "...the PDP, established in 1982... Archived July 23, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. ^ "PDP-Laban accepting new members until February 2018". The Philippine Star. 5 December 2017.  ^ Krayewski, Ed (9 May 2016). "Presidential Candidate with Alleged Links to Death Squads Wins Election in Philippines". Reason.  ^ "More LP lawmakers, local officials jump ship to admin party". CNN Philippines. May 11, 2017. Archived from the original on July 17, 2017. Retrieved January 21, 2018.  ^ Cabacungan, Gil. "From 3 to 300, PDP-Laban forms 'supermajority' in House". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on 9 January 2018. Retrieved 21 January 2018.  ^ Romero, Paolo (August 27, 2017). "Pimentel denies Alvarez booted out of PDP-Laban". The Philippine Star. Archived from the original on August 26, 2017. Retrieved 21 January 2018.  ^ "PDP-Laban 'very open' to learn ideology, policy from China's Communist Party". Rappler. July 19, 2017. Retrieved August 23, 2017.  ^ Alvarez, Kathrina Charmaine (18 October 2017). "Duterte's PDP-Laban inks memorandum with United Russia
United Russia
party". GMA News. Retrieved 24 October 2017.  ^ "Duterte is new PDP-Laban chair". Philippine Daily Inquirer. February 7, 2016. Retrieved February 7, 2016.  ^ Rody finalizes Cabinet ^ Macas, Trisha (5 January 2017). " Mocha Uson
Mocha Uson
appointed as MTRCB board member". GMA Network. Retrieved November 17, 2017.  ^ Sabillo, Kristine Angeli; Gonzales, Yuji Vincent (May 9, 2017). " Mocha Uson
Mocha Uson
appointed as PCOO assistant secretary". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved November 17, 2017.  ^ Israel, Dale (November 17, 2017). "Mocha Uson, Harry Roque to run for senator in 2019 – House Speaker". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved November 17, 2017.  ^ "PDP-Laban decision final: Duterte to substitute if Diño withdraws presidential bid". CNN Philippines. Retrieved 2015-10-27. 

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Official website PDP–Laban
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