Federal Party of the Philippines
Partido Federal ng Pilipinas
PresidentLeandro Verceles Jr.[1]
ChairmanBongbong Marcos[a][2][3]
Secretary-GeneralAntonio Rodriguez Jr.[1]
FounderJohn Castriciones
FoundedOctober 5, 2018; 5 years ago (2018-10-05)
Split fromCoalition for Change (Philippines)
Headquarters5th Floor, Transcom Building, 31 EDSA, Mandaluyong[4]
Youth wingKabataang Federal
Membership (2021)1.5 million[5]
IdeologyFederalism
Populism
Political positionBig tent
National affiliationUniTeam (2021–present)
Coalition for Change (2018–2021)
Colors  Blue
SloganKalayaan at Kaunlaran (Independence and Progress)
Seats in the Senate
0 / 24
Seats in the House of Representatives
11 / 316
Provincial governorships
17 / 81
Provincial vice governorships
3 / 81
Website
https://www.balayfederal.org/

Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (English: Federal Party of the Philippines;[6] abbr. PFP) is a national political party in the Philippines. It is chaired by Bongbong Marcos, president of the Philippines who won by a landslide in the 2022 election. During the run-up to the 2022 general election, the UniTeam Alliance was formed by the PFP, Lakas–CMD, HNP, and PMP, with guest candidates from other parties.

PFP was formed in 2018 by supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte and calls for federalism in the Philippines.

History

Formation and early years: 2018–2021

PFP logo from 2018 to 2021

The Partido Federal ng Pilipinas was formed in early 2018 by supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte, including the Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte-National Executive Coordinating Committee (MRRD-NECC), a group that supported his 2016 presidential campaign, as well as former members of PDP–Laban, Duterte's party.[7] The party was formally accredited by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) on October 5, 2018, and was approved as a national political party on November 5 that year.[8][9][10] Former DILG undersecretary and MRRD-NECC member Jesus "Jayvee" Hinlo Jr. was the party's founding president, while Secretary of Agrarian Reform John Castriciones, also from the MRRD-NECC, is recognized as the party's founder.[8][11] Castriciones succeeded Hinlo as party president when the latter decided to run for senator in the 2019 elections.[12] PFP had also requested Duterte to be their chairman.[6]

Notable politicians who ran under PFP in 2019 include E. R. Ejercito, Reynaldo Umali, Joy Belmonte, and Donya Tesoro.[12][6][13] In that year's elections, 238 PFP members were elected to office, including six seats[b] in the House of Representatives.[10] Reynaldo Tamayo Jr., who was elected governor of South Cotabato, became the party's new president.[14]

Bongbong Marcos era: 2021–present

In September 2021, the party unanimously nominated Bongbong Marcos as their presidential candidate for 2022.[9] Marcos joined the party on October 5 and became their chairman.[15] He filed his candidacy the following day.[16] Having no official vice presidential candidate, PFP adopted Duterte's daughter, Davao City mayor Sara Duterte of Lakas–CMD, as Marcos' running mate.[4] PFP, Lakas–CMD, Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), and Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) then formed the UniTeam Alliance.[17]

In December 2021, a group claiming to be the real officers of PFP filed a disqualification case against Marcos. The group's leader, National Commission on Muslim Filipinos commissioner Abubakar Mangelen, who claims to be the true chairman of PFP, called Marcos' nomination "invalid and void", claiming that many party officers were not consulted or informed about it.[3][18] Secretary-General Thompson Lantion claimed that Mangelen was ousted as chairman of the party during its last convention on September 18, 2021 and was replaced by Marcos with his consent,[19] although Mangelen still remains as a member of the party. However, Mangelen denied the said claim and argued that he was the duly elected chairman of the party as shown in its petition for registration filed before the COMELEC and accused PFP members of unseating him as chairman without due process in order to make Marcos the leader of the party.[20] On February 10, 2022, the COMELEC dismissed the case against the disqualification of Marcos for "lack of merit."[21] On February 14, Mangelen filed a motion for reconsideration at COMELEC, which after an en banc review, was finally dismissed a day after the election.[22][23]

On March 30, 2022, at a campaign rally in Iligan, the Mangelen-led faction endorsed the presidential campaign of Manila mayor Isko Moreno (Aksyon Demokratiko).[24][25] The endorsement was affirmed and supported by Castriciones, now a PDP–Laban member,[26] who was also present in the said campaign rally.[2] Lantion of the Marcos-led faction condemned the Mangelen wing's endorsement as "irresponsible" and "fake," and called Mangelen an "impostor."[27] However, Castriciones stood by Mangelen and called him the "true chairman."[25] On April 19, the Mangelen-led faction changed their endorsement to Vice President Leni Robredo, calling her campaign "more formidable" to beat "the greatest threat to our country and our democracy, Ferdinand Marcos Jr."[28]

On May 25, Bongbong Marcos and Sara Duterte were proclaimed winners by the Congress of the Philippines. It was the first time under the 1987 Constitution that the President and Vice President were elected by a majority of voters.[29]

Ideology and political positions

PFP seeks to replace the Philippines' unitary system of government with a federalist government.[8]

The party's general counsel, George Briones, describes PFP as "a party of the common man.... of the poor.... of the grassroots", and the party's dream is "a society that is free of illegal drugs, free of corruption, free of crime, free of insurgency and free of poverty."[9][30] Party president Reynaldo Tamayo Jr. says the PFP's principles are: humanism, patriotic federalism, enlightened socialism, and direct democracy. He also declared that PFP "values human dignity and will aspire for equality among all Filipinos." The party's slogan is "a life worthy of human dignity for every Filipino."[9]

The PFP-OFW International Affairs Committee presented a long-term plan for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) that includes skills training, benefits, retirement plans, health insurance, scholarship grants, and other support services.[30]

Political scientist Julio C. Teehankee classifies PFP as one of the neo-authoritarian parties that spawned during the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte.[11]

Organization and structure

The party claims to have a total of 1.5 million members nationwide as of September 2021.[5]

Party leadership

Position Name
Chairman Bongbong Marcos
Vice chairman Sandro Marcos
President Leandro Verceles Jr.
Vice president Antonio Lagdameo Jr.
Secretary general Antonio Rodriguez Jr.
Vice president for Luzon Gabriel Sotto
Vice president for Visayas Lorenzo Sagucio Jr.
Vice president for Mindanao and
National auditor
Assam Ulangkaya
Vice president for political affairs Manuel Andal
General counsel Rudyard Avila III
National treasurer Antonio Marfori
Senior political adviser Julius Caesar Aguiluz
Chairman for international affairs Saida Pukunum

Party presidents

Electoral performance

Presidential elections

Election Candidate Number of votes Share of votes Outcome of Election
2022 Bongbong Marcos 31,629,783 58.77% Won[29]
Mangelen wing supported Isko Moreno, and later changed their endorsement to Leni Robredo;[28] both lost.

Vice presidential elections

Election Candidate Number of votes Share of votes Outcome of Election
2022 Endorsed Bongbong Marcos' running mate Sara Duterte (Lakas–CMD), who won.[4][29]

Senate elections

Election Number of votes Share of votes Seats won Seats after Outcome of election
2019 1,490,764 0.41%
0 / 12
0 / 24
Lost
2022 Did not participate

House of Representatives elections

Election Number of votes Share of votes Seats Outcome of election
2019 965,048 2.38%
5 / 304
Joined the majority bloc
2022 458,038 0.95%
2 / 316

Current members

National government officials

Name Position[note 1]
Bongbong Marcos President of the Philippines
PFP party chairman
Antonio Lagdameo Jr. Special Assistant to the President
PFP party vice president
Benjamin Abalos Jr. Secretary of the Interior and Local Government

Members of the House of Representatives

Name District[note 1]
Sandro Marcos Ilocos Norte–1st
Jam Agarao Laguna–4th
Richard Gomez Leyte–4th
Isidro "Ed" Lumayag South Cotabato–1st

Local government officials

Name Position[note 1]
Reynaldo Tamayo Jr. Governor of South Cotabato (2019–present)
Benjamin Abalos Sr. Mayor of Mandaluyong (2022–present)
Lucy Torres-Gomez Mayor of Ormoc (2022–present)
Imelda Calixto-Rubiano Mayor of Pasay (2022–present)
Edcel Greco Lagman Governor of Albay (2022–present)
Christian Noveras Governor of Aurora (2022–present)
Marilou Cayco Governor of Batanes (2016–present)
Erico Aristotle Aumentado Governor of Bohol (2022–present)
Rogelio Neil Roque Governor of Bukidnon (2022–present)
Ricarte Padilla Governor of Camarines Norte (2022–present)
Dorothy Gonzaga Governor of Davao de Oro (2022–present)
Edwin Jubahib Governor of Davao del Norte (2019–present)
Arthur Defensor Jr. Governor of Iloilo (2019–present)
Imelda Dimaporo Governor of Lanao del Norte (2016–present)
Abdulraof Macacua Governor of Maguindanao del Norte (2022–present)
Eduardo Gadiano Governor of Occidental Mindoro (2019–present)
Dakila Cua Governor of Quirino (2019–present)
Damian Mercado Governor of Southern Leyte (2016–present)
Hermogenes Ebdane Governor of Zambales (2019–present)
Dulce Ann Hofer Governor of Zamboanga Sibugay (2022–present)
Arthur Pingoy Jr. Vice Governor of South Cotabato (2022–present)
Reynaldo San Juan Jr. Vice Governor of Rizal (2019–present)
Katherine Agapay Vice Governor of Laguna (2016–present)
Carmelita Abalos Vice Mayor of Mandaluyong (2022–present)

Others

See also

Federalist parties in the Philippines:

Notes

  1. ^ Disputed by party member Abubakar Mangelen until 2024.
  2. ^ Taking into account party switching.
  1. ^ a b c When they were members of the party.

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