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Not to be confused with Democratic Party of the Philippines.
President Aquilino Pimentel III
Chairman Ismael Sueno
Secretary-General Martin Diño
Founded 1982[1]
Headquarters Metro Manila
Ideology Centrism
Social democracy
Political position Center-left
Colors Yellow, Dark Blue, Red
Seats in the Senate
1 / 24
Seats in the House of Representatives
0 / 292
Provincial governorships
20 / 80
Provincial vice governorships
36 / 100
Provincial board members
90 / 1,006
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The Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan or the Philippine Democratic Party-People's Power, more commonly known as PDP–Laban, is a political party in the Philippines.


The party now known as 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 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 City, such as Zafiro L. Respicio, Rey Magno Teves, Cesar R. Ledesma, Samuel Oceña, Crispin Lanorias and Morgs Cua.[citation needed]


By 1983, PDP had formed a coalition with the Lakas ng Bayan (Filipino for "Strength of the Nation") party, founded earlier by former Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. in 1978.[citation needed]

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, the widow of the assassinated Senator Aquino, 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 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 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[edit]

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
  • Federal System of Government

The Five Basic Party Principles[edit]

  1. Theism
  2. Authentic Humanism
  3. Enlightened Nationalism
  4. Democratic Centrist Socialism
  5. Consultative and Participative Democracy

PDP-LABAN Today[edit]

PDP LABAN today is headed by its president, Sen. Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III, after incumbent Vice-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.

Notable members[edit]

Party leaders[edit]

Other notable members[edit]

2016 Presidential Candidate[edit]

  • Rodrigo Duterte (formally announced candidacy on November 21, 2015 and officially filed COC on November 27)
  • Martin Diño (filed his candidacy on October 16, 2015 and withdrawn on October 29) – Chairman of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption; also Secretary-General of the party

Note: Diño earlier stated that had he withdrawn his intention to run for president, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte would be his substitute.[3]


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