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President Aquilino Pimentel III
Chairman Rodrigo Duterte
Spokesperson Paola Alvarez
Secretary-General Pantaleon Alvarez
Founder Aquilino Pimentel Jr. (PDP)
Benigno Aquino Jr. (LABAN)
Founded February 6, 1983; 34 years ago (1983-02-06) (merger)[1]
  • February 6, 1982 (PDP)[2]
  • 1978 (LABAN)
Merger of PDP and LABAN
Headquarters Metro Manila
Youth wing PDP-Laban Youth
Ideology Historical:
Social democracy
Federalism (Filipino)[3][4]
Economic liberalism
Left-wing populism
Political position Centre-left to Left-wing[citation needed]
National affiliation UNIDO (1982 - 1986)
LABAN (1987)
Koalisyong Pambansa (1992)
Lakas-Laban Coalition (1995)
LAMMP (1998)
PPC (2001)
KNP (2004)
GO (2007)
Team PNoy (2013)
Coalition for Change (2016 - present)
Colors                Yellow, Dark Blue, Red
Seats in the Senate
4 / 24
Seats in the House of Representatives
121 / 294
Provincial governorships
8 / 81
Provincial vice governorships
6 / 81
Provincial board members
4 / 1,006

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


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

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.


By 1983, PDP had formed a coalition with the Lakas ng Bayan (Filipino for "People Power") party, founded earlier by former Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. in 1978.

In 1986, the two groups merged to form the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-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 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 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 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 party of House Speaker Ramon Mitra, Jr. merged in 1988 to form the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino party.

PDP-Laban today[edit]

As of May 2016, 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 signed a coalition agreement with the Nacionalista Party, Lakas-CMD, National Unity Party and the Nationalist People's Coalition, witnessed by President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.

4 members of the Liberal Party jumped ship swore into PDP-Laban. They are: Bataan Rep. Geraldine Roman, Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas, Lanao del Sur Rep. Ansaruddin Adiong, and North Cotabato Rep. Nancy Catamco.[5]

Ideology and platform[edit]

According to self-published material, PDP-LABAN seeks a peaceful and democratic way of life characterized by:

Five basic party principles[edit]

  1. Theism
  2. Authentic humanism
  3. Enlightened nationalism
  4. Democratic centrist socialism
  5. Consultative and participatory democracy

Current party officials[edit]

Notable members[edit]

Elected President of the Philippines[edit]

Elected Vice President of the Philippines[edit]

Elected legislators[edit]

Other notable members[edit]

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 Mayor Rodrigo Duterte would be his substitute.[8]
Vice Presidential Candidate


  1. ^ "THE PARTY - PDP-Laban". PDP-Laban. Retrieved June 21, 2016. 
  2. ^ BINAY INDUCTS NEW PDP-LABAN MEMBERS IN GMA, CAVITE - "...the PDP, established in 1982... Archived July 23, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Autonomy can co-exist with federalism Sun.Star Baguio. August 21, 2016. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  4. ^ Nene Pimentel gives details on proposal for federalist government ABS-CBN News. May 11, 2016. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  5. ^ "4 LP lawmakers move to PDP Laban". Retrieved May 12, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Duterte is new PDP-Laban chair". Philippine Daily Inquirer. February 7, 2016. Retrieved February 7, 2016. 
  7. ^ Rody finalizes Cabinet
  8. ^ "PDP-Laban decision final: Duterte to substitute if Diño withdraws presidential bid". CNN Philippines. Retrieved 2015-10-27. 

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