|Force of the Filipino Masses
Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP)
|Chairperson||Juan Ponce Enrile|
|President||Joseph Ejercito Estrada|
|Secretary-General||Joseph Victor Ejercito|
|Headquarters||San Juan City, Metro Manila|
|Official colors||Orange and Green|
|Seats in the Senate||2|
|Seats in the House of Representatives||3|
|Politics of Philippines
The Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (Force of the Filipino Masses), formerly Partido ng Masang Pilipino (Party of the Filipino Masses) is a populist political party in the Philippines. It is the political party of former Philippine President Joseph Estrada. In the 1998 Presidential elections, it aligned itself with other political parties to create Laban ng Makabayang Masang Pilipino or LAMMP (Struggle of the Patriotic Filipino Masses).
Originally named Partido ng Masang Pilipino, the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) emanated from an organization which was an offshoot of the Economic Recovery Action Program ( ERAP), which was organized by Mr. Georgie S. Antonio in May 1990. The ERAP organization was formally launched in October 4, 1990 with 21 original members. The organization ballooned with the recruitment of members nationwide. It was then that the members of ERAP organization decided to apply as a political party. On August 20, 1991, Partido ng Masang Pilipino was accredited as political party aimed in uplifting the lives of the Filipino people, especially the poor and the disadvantaged, through effective and efficient social and economic reforms. The first campaign headquarters was located at the 4h floor San Buena Building, EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City.
The Founding President of PMP was JOSEPH EJERCITO ESTRADA. The original set of officers of PMP was as follows:
Vice- President: Greg Taruc
Secretary General: Chito Lucero
Secretary: Rene Socorro
Treasurer: Eduardo Echauz
Auditor/Accountant: Rodelio Torres
PRO: Reli German
Economy: Louie Lichaoco
Labor: Roberto Oca
Political Affairs: Clarence T. Pimentel
Finance: Juan T. Ng
Legal Counsel: Atty.Amado Santiago
Business: Eleuterio Gardiner
Today's PMP Officials:
PMP CHIEF OFFICERS
Chairman Emeritus: Sen. JUAN PONCE ENRILE
Chairman & President: President JOSEPH EJERCITO ESTRADA
Executive Vice President: Senator JINGGOY ESTRADA
PMP VICE PRESIDENTS
National Capital Region (NCR): Mayor TOBY TIANGCO (Navotas City)
Luzon: Mayor J.V. EJERCITO (San Juan City)
Visayas: Nomination process still in-process
Mindanao: Rep. RUFUS RODRIGUEZ (Cagayan de Oro)
PMP EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
Secretary General: Hon. HORACIO R. MORALES, Jr.
Dep Sec-Gen & Director for Ways & Means: RENATO M. SORIANO
Treasurer: JESSE M. EJERCITO
Auditor: Julius TOPACIO
Director for Political Affairs: PABLO B. CASIMINA'
Director for Special Concerns & Security: Gen. BOBBY CALINISAN (ret)
Director for Protocol & Gov't Concerns: RAMON CARDENAS
Director for Media Affairs: REY DAVID
Director for Meetings & Conferences: Atty. FORTING AGUAS, CPA
Directors for Legal Concerns: Atty. JONATHAN BALIGOD, Atty. NARZAL MALLARES, Atty. DIOSAB FORMILLEZA, Atty. REY BAGATSING and Atty. DON A. ALVIAR
Director for Academe: ELDIGARIO D. GONZALES
COORDINATOR for FILIPINO-CHINESE AFFAIRS: WILSON "Boy" AGBAYANI & ANTHONY ESCOLAR
Spokesman: Atty. RALPH CALINISAN, CPA
OBJECTIVE OF THE PARTY
Section 1. To promote genuine political reconciliation between and among the different sectors in our society including armed groups and concerned groups with the end in view of channeling all these resources and energy towards the development of our country.
Section 2. To attain an economy effectively controlled by Filipinos through the full development and employment of Filipino talent and skills.
Section 3. To restore respect for law and order, promote efficiency and eliminate corruption in the administration of justice in our country.
Section 4. To eradicate poverty by ensuring that power, wealth and resources are used to promote the general welfare especially the poor who do not have the means to protect themselves and give priority to programs and projects that directly benefit the poor especially in the field of education, agriculture, industry and commerce.
P R E A M B L E
We, who recognize the needs and aspirations of the Filipino masses, with the aid of Divine Providence, in order to establish a society enjoying full political and economic sovereignty, equitable distribution of the opportunities for power and wealth, and a self-reliant economy effectively controlled by Filipinos, do ordain and promulgate this Constitution and By-Laws.
NAME AND ADDRESS OF THE PARTY
Section 1. The formal name of the Party shall be: "Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino”
Section 2. The short name of the Party shall be: “PMP”
Section 3. The Party shall have its principal office in Metro Manila with branches in cities, provinces, district, and municipalities of the Philippines.
DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES
Section 1. Political. In the political field, the government must aim to attain full sovereignty, adopt an independent foreign policy and promote an equitable distribution of political power. It must reconcile with our brother Filipinos who rise in arms against our government. It must make the criminal justice system including the judiciary free from corruption and partisan politics, truly fair and impartial, more efficient and restore the adherence and respect for just laws and give priority to the prosecution of the rich and powerful offenders and criminal syndicates. It must implement an authentic and real autonomy of local government.
Section 2. Economic. In the economic field, must promote a genuine and democratized free enterprise system and developed a self-reliant national economy through the development of the countryside and agriculture to serve as foundations for industrialization and technological development. Privatization, deregulation and debt reduction schemes must primarily benefit the masses. Payment of our foreign debt should be limited to a certain percentage of our export earnings. Government must implement an authentic and truly comprehensive agrarian reform program geared towards, production and food security. Agrarian reform should be supplemented by a genuine countryside development program which should include needed support services and productivity orientation and an urban land reform to enable the urban dwellers to acquire lands of their own, giving due respect to the concept of private property. The government must formulate and implement a program intended for Filipinos and allow the opportunity to own and/ or control big business enterprises that are strategic and critical to our economy. Government must encourage and support the establishment of basic industries and promote rural development. Government must improve tax collection. Government corporations must be required to remit part of its net income to the national government.
Section 3. Social. In the social field, government must equitably diffuse wealth and regulate the acquisition, ownership, use and disposition of private property. The guiding principle should be social justice. Pro-poor policies and programs must be adopted and implemented by the government. The poor and indigenous and ethnic communities should directly benefit from government development programs. The ancestral lands of these communities must be recognized, delineated and transferred to the appropriate parties. Social programs for the urban poor, the landless farmers, fishermen, teachers, overseas workers, the youth, the artists, the unemployed and indigenous communities.
In 1992, PMP fielded JOSEPH EJERCITO ESTRADA to run for Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines together with other local candidates under PMP Mr. Estrada overwhelmingly won against his four opponents.
The PMP also participated in the May 1995 election. In 1997, a permanent and fully operational headquarters was established at 409 Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City. In 1998, PMP was very much involed in the election with the candidacy of JOSEPH EJERCITO ESTRADA as President and other local candidates nationwide. PMP led opposition coalition LABAN NG MALAYANG MASANG PILIPINO (LAMMP) with the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP) and Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) with full slates at the national and local levels. Card-bearing members reached to as high as 3.2 million nationwide. The 11 million Filipinos overwhelmingly voted for JOSEPH ESTRADA as President of the Republic of the Philippines, the biggest winning margin in the history of the Philippines.
In 2001, PMP once again led the opposition coalition. Majority of the candidates under PMP were elected in office, led by Dr. Luisa Ejercito Estrada who won a seat in the Senate.
Two years later, the name Partido ng Masang Pilipino was changed to PWERSA NG MASANG PILIPINO.
In April 2004, PMP agreed to enter into coalition with the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP) and Partido Demokratiko ng Pilipinas-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP LABAN) to form the Koalisyon ng Nagkakaisang Pilipino (KNP) and support the candidacy of FERNANDO POE, JR. for President of the Republic of the Philippines.
Today, PMP occupies three Senate seats as a member of the Minority floor, occupied by Estrada's wife, Luisa Ejercito Estrada, who won in 2001, his son, former San Juan suburb Mayor Jinggoy Estrada and long-time Estrada colleague veteran politician Juan Ponce Enrile, who both won in 2004.
On January 18, 2008, Joseph Estrada's Partido ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) caused full-page advertisement in Metro Manila newspapers, blaming EDSA 2 of having "inflicted a dent on Philippine democracy". It's featured clippings questioned the constitutionality of the revolution. The published featured clippings were taken from Time, New York Times, Straits Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Asia Times Online, The Economist, and International Herald Tribune. Supreme Court justice Cecilia Muñoz Palma opined that EDSA 2 violated the 1987 Constitution.
Alfredo Lim, on August 20, 2008, resigned as head of Joseph Estrada’s Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (Partido ng Masang Pilipino - PMP) following a PMP’s executive committee resolution removing him as president of the party. He was replaced by Joseph Estrada who is also the PMP chairman.