Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan
|Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan
|President||Aquilino Pimentel III|
|Colors||Yellow, Dark Blue, Red|
|Seats in the Senate|
|Seats in the House of Representatives|
|Provincial vice governorships|
|Provincial board members|
|Politics of Philippines
The party now known as PDP LABAN is the result of a merger of two political parties: Partido Demokratiko Pilipino and Lakas ng Bayan.
Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP) was founded in 1982 by Aquilino Pimentel, Jr. and a group of protesters of the Marcos government. These protesters include the leaders of Davao City and Cagayan de Oro City, such as Zafiro L. Respicio, Rey Magno Teves, Cesar R. Ledesma, Samuel Oceña, Crispin Lanorias and Morgs Cua.
In 1986, the two groups merged to form the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan or PDP LABAN. At that period, PDP LABAN became the single biggest opposition group to run against the presidency of Ferdinand Marcos in the 1986 Snap Presidential elections. Corazón Aquino, wife of Lakas ng Bayan founder Benigno Aquino, Jr. was the party's nominee for President that year. 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 as president.
However, another opposition group led by Senator Salvador Laurel of Batangas was also participating in the election, with Laurel as the 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 became the nominee for Vice President. He also approached Aquino, offering her 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 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 being proclaimed President and Vice President, respectively, PDP LABAN continued its allegiance 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 party of House Speaker Ramon Mitra, Jr. merged in 1988 to form the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino party.
Mission and Vision
PDP LABAN seeks a peaceful and democratic way of life characterized by:
- Justice, Equity, and Social Responsibility
- Self-reliance and Efficiency
- Enlightened Nationalism
- Federal System of Government
The Five Basic Party Principles
- Authentic Humanism
- Enlightened Nationalism
- Democratic Centrist Socialism
- Consultative and Participative Democracy
PDP LABAN Today
PDP LABAN today is headed by its chairman,Sen. Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III, after current Vi-President of the Philippines, Hon. 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 Davao region and two of its founders, Crispin Lanorias and Cesar Ledesma, are again active in the recent party activities. The party with the guidance of the senior members and its new and young idealistic and nationalistic members is hoping it will once again rise to be the biggest political party in the Philippines.
- Aquilino Pimentel, Jr. - Former Senate President from Cagayan de Oro
- Aquilino Pimentel III - Current Senator of the Philippines - President of the Party
- Ismael Sueno - Former governor of So. Cotabato
Notable current members