Laban ng Makabayang Masang Pilipino

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Laban ng Makabayang Masang Pilipino (Struggle of the Patriotic Filipino Masses) was the umbrella political coalition party of the opposition during the 1998 Philippine Presidential Elections that led to the presidency of then Vice President Joseph Estrada. It was the largest political party of that time, uniting the major parties of Senator Edgardo Angara (LDP-Aurora)'s Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (Struggle of Democratic Filipinos), tycoon Eduardo Cojuangco Jr.'s Nationalist People's Coalition, Vice President Joseph Estrada's Partido ng Masang Pilipino (Party of the Filipino Masses) and Aquilino Pimentel Jr.'s Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan along with minor and regional parties. Estrada's running mate, Senator Edgardo Angara lost to Senator Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (LAKAS-Pampanga). Joseph Estrada won against runner-up then House Speaker Jose de Venecia (LAKAS-Pangasinan) with 3.1 million plurality.

After the 1998 elections, the party name was changed into Lapian ng Masang Pilipino (LAMP, English: Organization of the Filipino Masses), as the "struggle" ended with victory of Estrada.

Slogan[edit]

The coalition devised an acronym for the Senate slate which is: TPW (The Pilipino Win), JOBS and LABOR. T stands for Torres; P for Pimentel; W for Webb; J for Jaworski; O for Ople; B for Bagatsing; S for Sotto; L for Lagman; A for Aquino-Oreta; B for Biazon; O for Osmeña; R for Romero.

The Senatorial Slate[edit]

The following are the official senatorial slate of the Laban ng Makabayang Masang Pilipino in the 1998 National Elections.

Name Party Occupation
Tessie Aquino-Oreta LDP Representative from Malabon-Navotas
Ramon Bagatsing Jr. LDP Representative from Manila
Rodolfo Biazon LDP Senator
Robert S. Jaworski PMP professional basketball player
Edcel C. Lagman LDP Representative from Albay
Blas Ople LDP Senator
John Henry Osmeña NPC Former Senator; Incumbent Cebu Representative
Aquilino Pimentel Jr. PDP-LABAN former Senator
Miguel Luis Romero LDP Representative from Negros Oriental
Vicente Sotto III LDP Senator
Ruben D. Torres Independent Former Executive Secretary
Freddie Webb LDP Senator

Election results[edit]

The success of the coalition was partly because of the popularity of its main man, Vice President Joseph Estrada who won the elections. His senatorial slate also gained majority of 7 out of 12 available seats in the Senate. They were:

  • Teresa Aquino-Oreta
  • Rodolfo Biazon
  • Robert Jaworski
  • Blas Ople
  • John Henry Osmeña
  • Aquilino Pimentel
  • Vicente Sotto III

Also, the coalition gained great majority in the House of Representatives and majority of elected local officials are members of the coalition.

During the 2001 Midterm Legislative Elections, LAMMP was abolished and was replaced by a new coalition of Pro-Estrada legislators led by the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP) of Edgardo Angara, named Puwersa ng Masa (Force of the Masses) led by Estrada's wife, Luisa Ejercito Estrada.

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