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|President||Aquilino Pimentel III|
|Founder||Aquilino Pimentel Jr. (PDP)
Benigno Aquino Jr. (LABAN)
|Founded||February 6, 1983
|Merger of||PDP and LABAN|
|Youth wing||PDP-Laban Youth|
|Political position||Centre-left to Left-wing|
|National affiliation||UNIDO (1982 - 1986)
Koalisyong Pambansa (1992)
Lakas-Laban Coalition (1995)
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
8 / 81
|Provincial vice governorships||
6 / 81
|Provincial board members||
4 / 1,006
- 1 History
- 2 Ideology and platform
- 3 Current party officials
- 4 Notable members
- 5 2016 elections
- 6 References
- 7 External links
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.
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.
As of May 2016[update], 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.
Ideology and platform
According to self-published material, PDP-LABAN seeks a peaceful and democratic way of life characterized by:
- justice, equity, and social responsibility
- self-reliance and efficiency
- enlightened nationalism
- a federal system of parliamentary government
Five basic party principles
- Authentic humanism
- Enlightened nationalism
- Democratic centrist socialism
- Consultative and participatory democracy
Current party officials
- Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III – president of the party; current senator and senate president
- Rodrigo Roa Duterte – national chairman of the party; current president of the Philippines; former mayor of Davao City (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
- Victor Emmanuel Caindec – 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 1st district congressman; current house speaker
- Cesar Chavez – overall deputy secretary of the party
- Norman Fulgencio – deputy secretary-general of the party for the National Capital Region
- Martin Diño – deputy secretary-general of the party for Luzon; also Chairman of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption
- Doloreich Dumaluan – deputy secretary-general of the party for Visayas
- Benito L. Ranque – deputy secretary-general of the party for Mindanao
- Mario Espinosa – deputy secretary-general of the party for Bicol Region
- Richard Ang – deputy secretary-general of the party for Eastern Visayas
- Raymund Saguin – deputy secretary-general of the party for Zamboanga Peninsula
- Sultan Ali A. Mindalano – deputy secretary-general of the party for Muslim Affairs
- Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel, Jr. – chairman emeritus
Elected President of the Philippines
- 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
- Jejomar Binay (13th Vice President of the Philippines; former Mayor of Makati City; former party chairman; moved to UNA)
- Ansaruddin Alonto Adiong (incumbent Representative of Lanao del Sur's 1st District)
- 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 (Speaker of the House for the 17th Congress; incumbent Representative of Davao del Norte's 1st District; secretary-general of the party)
- Alan Peter Cayetano (incumbent Secretary of Foreign Affairs; former Senator; former Senate Majority Floor Leader; former Senate Minority Floor Leader; former Representative of Taguig City-Pateros' Lone District)
- Amado Espino Jr. (incumbent Representative of Pangasinan's 5th District and former Governor of Pangasinan)
- JV Ejercito (incumbent Senator; former Representative of San Juan's Lone district and former Mayor of San Juan)
- Bayani Fernando (incumbent Representative of Marikina's 1st District)
- Gwendolyn Garcia (Deputy Speaker for the 17th Congress; incumbent Representative of Cebu's 3rd District; former governor of Cebu)
- Teodoro Locsin Jr. (incumbent Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations; former Representative of Makati's 1st District from 2001 to 2010)
- Ernesto Maceda (former Senator who ran under this party from 1987 to 1992; later defected to Nationalist People's Coalition in 1992)
- 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)
- Geraldine Roman (incumbent Representative of Bataan's 1st District)
- Joey Salceda (incumbent Representative of Albay's 2nd District; former Governor of Albay)
- Federico Sandoval II (incumbent Representative of Malabon's Lone District)
- Gustavo Tambunting (incumbent Representative of Parañaque's 2nd District)
- 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 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 (incumbent Senator; former Senate Majority Floor Leader; former Representative of Bukidnon's 3rd District)
- Gian Sotto (incumbent Councilor of Quezon City's Third District)
- Jorge T. Almonte (incumbent Representative of Misamis Occidental's First District)
Other notable members
- Vitaliano Aguirre II – Current Justice Secretary
- Josefina "Joy" Belmonte – Quezon City vice mayor
- 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 Assistant to President Duterte
- Richard Gomez – Ormoc City Mayor and Actor
- Arnell Ignacio – Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation Assistant Vice President
- Lodivico Mosot – incumbent Vice-Mayor of Tomas Oppus, Southern Leyte; Secretary-General of the party for the Province of Southern Leyte
- Emmanuel Piñol – Current Agriculture Secretary, former Governor and former Vice Governor of North Cotabato
- Allan L. Rellon – Tagum mayor
- Aiza Seguerra – National Youth Commission Chairman
- Ismael Sueno – former governor of South Cotabato; former Secretary of the Department of Interior & Local Government, former national chairman of the party
- Margaux "Mocha" Justiniano Uson – former MTRCB Board Member; Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary
- Roy M. Yap – incumbent Board Member of the First District of Misamis Occidental; Provincial Secretary-General of the party for the Province of Misamis Occidental
- Felipe Antonio "Ipe" B. Remollo – incumbent Mayor of Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental.
- David M. Navarro – incumbent Mayor of Clarin, Misamis Occidental.
- 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.
- Vice Presidential Candidate
- Alan Peter Cayetano (PDP-LABAN guest candidate; a member of the Nacionalista Party running as an independent candidate)
- "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.
- Autonomy can co-exist with federalism Sun.Star Baguio. August 21, 2016. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
- Nene Pimentel gives details on proposal for federalist government ABS-CBN News. May 11, 2016. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
- "4 LP lawmakers move to PDP Laban". Retrieved May 12, 2017.
- "Duterte is new PDP-Laban chair". Philippine Daily Inquirer. February 7, 2016. Retrieved February 7, 2016.
- Rody finalizes Cabinet
- "PDP-Laban decision final: Duterte to substitute if Diño withdraws presidential bid". CNN Philippines. Retrieved 2015-10-27.