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List of political parties in the Philippines

Evolution of political parties.

There are many and diverse political parties in the Philippines. Most party membership consists primarily of political figures and leaders, with little or no grassroots membership.[citation needed]

The Philippines has a multi-party system with numerous political parties, in which no one party often has a chance of gaining power alone, and parties must work with each other to form coalition governments for political expediency and convenience. Since no political parties have sustaining membership to which party leaders are developed, most of the political parties have the rise-and-fall-and-rise character.

There are three types of parties in the Philippines. These are: (a) major parties,[1][2] which typically correspond to traditional political parties; (b) minor parties or party-list organizations, which rely on the party-list system to win Congressional seats; and (c) regional or provincial parties, which correspond to region-wide or province-wide organizations, respectively.


National parties in officeEdit

Major partiesEdit

There are two major coalitions for the upcoming 2019 Philippine general election:[3]

  1. PDP–Laban, the ruling party, leads the Coalition for Change. Most of the coalition's members are also part of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago.
  2. Liberal Party leads the Oposisyon Koalisyon, together with Akbayan and Aksyon Demokratiko, which will serve as the opposition bloc.

Five major parties are listed below:[4]

Philippine name English name Abbreviation and color Leader Founded Ideology International Status Seats in the lower house Seats in the upper house
Lakas–Christian Muslim Democrats People Power-Christian Muslim Democrats Lakas Martin Romualdez 1991 (original), 2008 (current) Christian democracy[5][6] CDI Split
11 / 297
1 / 24
Partido Liberal Liberal Party LP Leni Robredo 1946 Liberalism[7] LI, CALD In opposition
18 / 297
3 / 24
Nacionalista Party Nationalist Party NP Manuel Villar 1907 Conservatism[8][9] none In coalition
42 / 297
4 / 24
Nationalist People's Coalition NPC Eduardo Cojuangco, Jr. 1991 Social conservatism none In coalition
36 / 297
3 / 24
Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan Philippine Democratic Party-People's Power PDP-Laban Rodrigo Duterte 1982 Socialism[10][11] none In government
82 / 297
6 / 24

Parties represented in CongressEdit

Philippine name English name Abbr. and colour Leader Founded Ideology International Seats in the lower house Seats in the upper house
Akbayan Citizens' Action Party Akbayan Risa Hontiveros 1998 Big tent PA
0 / 297
1 / 24
Citizens' Battle Against Corruption CIBAC Joel Villanueva 1997 Reformism none
1 / 297
1 / 24
Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino Struggle of Democratic Filipinos LDP Sonny Angara 1988 Democratic socialism CDI
2 / 297
1 / 24
Makabayang Koalisyon ng Mamamayan Patriotic Coalition of the People Makabayan Carlos Isagani Zarate 2009 Left-wing nationalism IN, IMCWI
7 / 297
0 / 24
National Unity Party National Unity Party (Philippines) NUP Roberto Puno 2011 Christian democracy none
17 / 297
0 / 24
Partido Federal ng Pilipinas Federal Party of the Philippines PFP Reynaldo Umali 2018 Federalism none
5 / 297
0 / 24
Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino Force of the Filipino Masses PMP Joseph Estrada 1991 Welfare state none
1 / 297
0 / 24
United Nationalist Alliance UNA Nancy Binay 2012 Liberal conservatism none
0 / 297
1 / 24

Party-lists represented in CongressEdit

These parties won more than 2% of the vote. For the complete list, see Philippine House of Representatives election, 2016 (party-list).

Philippine name English translation Abbr. and color Ideology/sector Seats in the lower house (PL only)
One Patriotic Coalition of Marginalized Nationals 1-PACMAN Filipino nationalism
2 / 59
Abono Fertilizer Abono Farmer's rights
2 / 59
Alliance of Concerned Teachers ACT Teachers Education reform
2 / 59
Agri-Agra na Reporma para sa Magsasaka ng Pilipinas Movement Agricultural and Agrarian Reform for Farmers in the Philippines Movement AGRI Land reform
2 / 59
Ako Bicol Political Party I am Bicol Political Party AKB Bicolano ethnic interests
3 / 59
Anak Mindanao Child of Mindanao AMIN Mindanao nationalism
2 / 59
Buhay Hayaan Yumabong Let Life Prosper Buhay Christian right
3 / 59
Cooperative NATCCO Network Party Coop-NATCCO Cooperative sector
2 / 59
GABRIELA Women's Party GABRIELA Marxist feminism
3 / 59
Kabayan Compatriot Kabayan Filipino nationalism
2 / 59
Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta Force of Hero Athletes PBA Athletes' interests
2 / 59
Senior Citizens' Party Senior Citizens Senior citizens' rights
2 / 59

Other national partiesEdit

COMELEC classifies "national" parties as parties that are not restricted to one locality (province/district/city/municipality).

Philippine name English name Abbr. and colour Leader Ideology
Aksyon Demokratiko Democratic Action Aksyon Lorna Kapunan Progressivism
Ang Kapatiran The Brotherhood or Alliance for the Common Good KPTRAN Reynaldo Pacheco Christian democracy
Bagumbayan-Volunteers for a New Philippines New Nation-Volunteers for a New Philippines Bagumbayan or B-VNP Richard Gordon Voluntarism
Bangon Pilipinas Rise Up Philippines BP Perfecto Yasay Christian left
Democratic Party of the Philippines DPP Baldomero Falcone Popular democracy
Kilusang Bagong Lipunan New Society Movement KBL vacant Anti-communism[12][13]
Ladlad Coming out or LGBT Party Ladlad Danton Remoto LGBT interests
Partido Lakas ng Masa Party of the Laboring Masses PLM Sonny Melencio Socialism
Partido ng Manggagawa at Magsasaka Workers' and Farmers' Party PMM Hermogenes Ebdane Labor movement
People's Reform Party PRP Miriam Defensor Santiago Reformism
Sanlakas Sanlakas Fr. Max Abalos, SVD Centrism
Social Justice Society SJS Samson Alcantara Conservatism

Other partiesEdit

Philippine name English name Abbr. and colour Leader Ideology
Probinsya Muna Development Initiative Provinces First Development Initiative PROMDI Achilles Cañete Grassroots democracy
Alliance for Barangay Concerns ABC James Marty Lim
Asenso Pilipino Party APP Manny Villar
Katipunan ng Demokratikong Pilipino Society/Association of Democratic Filipinos KDP Antonio A.S. Valdez
Kilusan para sa Pambansang Pagpapanibago Movement for National Renewal Bago Eduardo Bondoc
Laban para sa Kapayapaan, Katarungan at Kaunlaran Struggle for Peace, Progress and Justice KKK Rafaelito Garayblas
National Alliance for Democracy NAD Joel Pontillas
Organized Support for the Movement to Enhance the National Agenda OSMEÑA John Henry Osmeña
Partido Demokratiko Sosyalista ng Pilipinas Philippine Democratic Socialist Party PDSP Norberto Gonzales Democratic socialism
Partido Nacionalista ng Pilipinas Nationalist Party of the Philippines PNP Susan Ople Fiscal conservatism
Partido ng Demokratikong Reporma Party for Democratic Reform PDR
Renato de Villa Social conservatism
Philippine Green Republican Party PGRP Felix Cantal Green politics
Rizalist Party Rizalist Gregorio Maunahan Rizal-styled federalism
United Bangsamoro Justice Party UBJP Murad Ibrahim Islamic democracy

Local partiesEdit

Name Abbr. Location Leader Notes
Buklod Capampangan Pampanga and Angeles Estelito Mendoza
Bileg Ti La Union La Union Joaquin Ortega
Christian Muslim Independent Party CMIP Zamboanga del Norte Tiburcio Pasquil
Aggrupation of Parties for Progress APP Zamboanga del Norte Romeo Jalosjos affiliated with Hugpong ng Pagbabago
Move Makati Makati Romulo de Guzman
Lapiang Bagong Lakas ng Nueva Ecija BALANE Nueva Ecija Tomas Joson affiliated with Nationalist People's Coalition and PDP–Laban
Partido Magdalo Cavite Jonvic Remulla affiliated with Nacionalista Party and the United Nationalist Alliance
Malay Democrats of the Philippines MDP NCR Bayan Dela Cruz affiliated with National Economic Protectionism Association
Bicol Saro Bicol Region Ma. Corazon Imperial
Kabalikat ng Bayan sa Kaunlaran KABAKA Manila's 5th and 6th congressional districts Carlito Guang supports Lito Atienza
Panaghiusa Cebu and Cebu City John Osmeña
Mike Rama
affiliated with KAMPI, Lakas-CMD, the National Unity Party and the United Nationalist Alliance
Paglaum Party Negros Occidental Alfredo Montelibano, Jr. affiliated with the Nacionalista Party
Sarangani Reconciliation and Reformation Organization SARRO Sarangani Estelito Mendoza affiliated with Lakas Kampi CMD
Kusog Han Eastern Samar Eastern Samar Jaime Opinion
Philippine Christian Nationalist Party PCNP Quezon City Andres Genito
Retailers Party Manila's 3rd congressional district Estelito Mendoza
Islamic Party of the Philippines IPP Mindanao Ebrahim Abdurrahman
Forward with Vitality for Reforms-Sigaw ng Kabite FVR-Sigaw Cavite Franco Loyola
Liping Kalookan Caloocan Macario Asistio formerly Grand Kalookan Coalition
People's Progressive Alliance for Peace and Good Government Towards Alleviation of Poverty and Social Advancement Partido PAGASA Western Visayas Rene Juaneza
Lingap Lugud Capampangan Party Pampanga Lito Lapid affiliated with Lakas Kampi CMD
Bileg Ti Agkaykaysa nga Ilokano Party BIAG Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region Joey Alangwawi
Pinag-isang Lakas Tungo sa Pagbabako PINATUBO Zambales and Olongapo Philip Camara
Democratic Alliance of Mindanaoans for Good Government DAMAGO Davao Region and SOCCSKSARGEN Fernando Toquillo
Pusyon Pilipino Central Visayas Casimiro Madarang, Jr.
Abante Anak Bisaya Central Visayas Geraldo Carillo
Muslim Reform Party MRP Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur Kamar Mindalano
Katipunan ng Bagong Caloocan KABACA Caloocan Gwendolyn Emnace
Ummah Party Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur and Iligan Geraldo Carillo
Bileg Ti Ilocano BILEG Ilocos Sur Luis Singson
United Negros Alliance UNA Negros Occidental Alfredo Marañon, Jr. formerly affiliated with Nationalist People's Coalition, now with Liberal Party
Quezon Nationalist Democratic Party QNDP Quezon and Lucena Bienvenido Marquez, Jr.
Sama Sama Tarlac Tarlac Candido Guiam
Kasangga ng Bayan, Tao, Kalikasan at Kaunlaran KABATAK Parañaque Joey Marquez
Democratic Alliance DA Central Luzon Romeo Taruc
Barog Alang sa Kausawagan ug Demokrasya BAKUD Cebu's 5th congressional district Ramon Durano III
Alayon Alang sa Kalambu-an ng Kalinaw ALAYON Central Visayas John Osmeňa
Compostela Valley Rainbow Alliance CORAL Compostela Valley Rogelio Sarmiento
Kilusang Diwa ng Taguig KDT Taguig Dante Tinga affiliated with Liberal Party
Katig-buan Nortehanon Northern Samar Emil Ong
Cotabato United People's Movement Cotabato Emmanuel Piñol
Partido Pundok Biliranon Biliran Danilo Parilla
Pangkat Laguna Laguna Marito Mendoza
Partido Tapat Taguig and Pateros Edmundo de Borja also known as Taguig-Pateros Action Team
Catanduanes Alliance for Reform and Democracy CARD Catanduanes Dexter Francisco
People's Alliance Development of Romblon PADER Romblon Natalio Beltran, Jr.
Aton Tamdon Utod Negros-anon ATUN Negros Occidental Rafael Coscolluela
Kusi Uswag Sugbu KUSUG Cebu City Alvin Garcia
People's Consultative (Mushawara) Party Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Lanao del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur Basher Caluato Edris
Caloocan Team for Action and Progress CATAPAT Caloocan Bonifacio Alis
Partido Batangueño Batangas Franklin Tabaquin, Jr.
Ugyon Visayas Franklin Drilon affiliated with Liberal Party
Partido del Pilar Bulacan Manuel G. Roxas affiliated with Liberal Party
Nagkakaisang Partido ng mga Kapampangan Pampanga Zenaide Ducut
Partido Navoteño NAVOTENO Navotas Toby Tiangco Affiliated with Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino and United Nationalist Alliance
Partido Dimasalang Laguna Teresita Lazaro affiliated with Lakas Kampi CMD
Timawa Iloilo City Rona Anape-Ganzon affiliated with United Nationalist Alliance
Lanao People's Party Lanao del Sur Casan Macabanding
Reform Caloocan Party Caloocan Russel Ramirez
United Guardians Party UGP Western Visayas and Central Visayas Clodualdo P. Dedicatoria
Siap Party Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Aleem Abdul Matabalo Amerol
Economic Development and Social Advancement EDSA Central Visayas Melchor Cubillo
Biskeg na Pangasinan Party BISKEG Pangasinan Oscar Lambino affiliated with Lakas Kampi CMD
Padajon Surigao PS Surigao del Norte Francisco Matugas affiliated with Lakas Kampi CMD
United Citizens of Caloocan Party UCCP Caloocan Nilo Divina
Alliance of Bicolnon Party ABP-BICOLNON Bicol Region Enrique Olonan
People's Champ Movement PCM General Santos and Sarangani Manny Pacquiao affiliated with United Nationalist Alliance
Ako Bicol Political Party AKB Bicol Region Elizalde Co
Unang Sigaw-Partido ng Pangagago USPP Nueva Ecija Aurelio Umali
Partido Magdiwang San Juan Joseph Victor Ejercito affiliated with Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino
Democracy of the Independent Liberal Conservative Party DILC Liloan, Cebu Vincent Frasco
Partido Pagbabago ng Palawan PPP Palawan Jose Alvarez affiliated with Lakas Kampi CMD
Kalapian ng mga Kaibigan ng Kaunlaran-Bayan ng Hagonoy LAPIANG K Hagonoy, Bulacan Angel Cruz, Jr.
Sulong Palawan Party SPP Palawan and Puerto Princesa Vincent Dennis Socrates
Ugyon Kita Capiz UK CAPIZ Capiz Frenedil Castro affiliated with United Nationalist Alliance
Democratic Tabula Tua Cagayan Delfin Telan Ting affiliated with Lakas Kampi CMD
Citizens Call for Action Party of Zamboanga City CCA Zamboanga City Susan de los Reyes
Mindoro Sandugo Para sa Kaunlaran SANDUGO Oriental Mindoro Agustin Cusi
One Cebu 1-CEBU Cebu Gwendolyn Garcia affiliated with National Unity Party
Adelante Zamboanga Party AZAP Zamboanga City Jose Lobregat
Aksyon Magsasaka-Partido ng Tinig ng Masa AKMA-PTM SOCCSKSARGEN Ali Sangki
Lingkod Bayan-Sulong Taguig Coalition LINGKOD TAGUIG Taguig Angelito Reyes
Partido Bagong San Pablo San Pablo, Laguna Arsenio Escuderro, Jr.
Kapanalig at Kambilan Ning Memalen Pampanga KAMBILAN Pampanga Rosve Henson
Partido Malolenyo PM Malolos, Bulacan Carolina Mangawang
Asenso Manileño Movement AMM Manila Danilo Lacuna affiliated with Nacionalista Party and Liberal Party, coalition partner with Kapayapaan, Kaunlaran at Katarungan
Achievers with Integrity Movement AIM South Cotabato Adelbert Antonino
Partido Balikatan ng Bataan BALIKATAN Bataan Enrique Garcia, Jr.
Kapayapaan, Kaunlaran at Katarungan KKK Manila Alfredo Lim affiliated with Liberal Party, coalition partner with Asenso Manileño Movement
Sulong Zambales Party SZP Zambales Hermogenes Ebdane (Chairman)
Jun Omar Ebdane (President)
Bando Osmeña - Pundok Kauswagan BOPK Cebu Tomas Osmeña affiliated with Liberal Party
Padayon Pilipino PDP Cagayan de Oro Vicene Emano affiliated with Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino
Partido ABE Kapampangan PAK, ABE Angeles City, Pampanga Edgardo Pamintuan (chairman)
Alex Cauguiran (president)
Founded March 28, 2012.


Partido ng Masang Batangueno PMB Batangas Nicanor Briones
Movement for Economic Transformation & Righteous Opportunities METRO National Capital Region Rodolfo John O. Teope (Founder)
Union of Nationalist Democratic Filipino Organization UNIDO Region 4A Josef Cea Maganduga (President/Convenor)
One Batangas Movement One Batangas Batangas Vilma Santos-Recto affiliated with Nacionalista Party

Not registered with the governmentEdit

These are the national parties are not registered at the Commission on Elections:

Name Abbr. Leader Ideology Position Notes
Philippine Libertarian Party[citation needed] PHILIPA Julius Apud (interim chairman, Technical Working Group) Libertarianism Libertarian Emergent political party representing the local liberty movement; formerly an unregistered party list representing traders, innovators, and technologists for industrial modernization
Libertarian Conservative Party of the Philippines[citation needed] LCPP Manuel Cababan Libertarian conservatism Right-wing The Political philosophy that seeks to enlighten and liberate the Filipinos.
Koalisyong Katoliko Kristiyano KKK Rizalito David Christian democracy Centre-right Emergent political party that is the offshoot of the Ang Kapatiran
Communist Party of the Philippines CPP Jose Maria Sison Maoism Far-left Offshoot of the Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas-1930
Lakas Partido Komunista LPK Ban James Lumacad/John Wendell Lagazo/Jefferson Magbutay Marxism-Leninism Far-left Separate Youth Entity
Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas-1930 (Philippine Communist Party) PKP-1930 Antonio Paris Marxism-Leninism Far-left Established as Comintern Philippine branch
Marxist-Leninist Party of the Philippines (Marxista-Leninistang Partido ng Pilipinas) MLPP Caridad Magpantay Marxism-Leninism Far-left Breakaway faction from the Communist Party of the Philippines established in 1997
Partido ng Manggagawang Pilipino - Pinagsanib (Filipino Workers Party) PMP-Pinagsanib Patricio Ramirez Syndicalism Far-left Breakaway faction from the Communist Party of the Philippines established in 2001
Aliwanoy Party AP Budoy F. Behaviorism Center Inspired from Political Behaviorism Theories
Rebolusyonaryong Partido ng Manggagagawa - Pilipinas (Revolutionary Workers' Party of the Philippines) RPM-P Arturo Tabara/Nilo dela Cruz Socialist,
Far-left Breakaway faction from the Communist Party of the Philippines established in 1998

Historical parties/coalitionsEdit


Major coalitionsEdit

Election year Administration Opposition
Ferdinand Marcos (KBL) was the incumbent.
1986 Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL) United Nationalist Democratic Organization (UNIDO)
Marcos was declared winner but was overthrown at the People Power Revolution days later. His supporters were forced into opposition.
1987 United Nationalist Democratic Organization (UNIDO) Grand Alliance for Democracy (GAD)
In 1992, UNIDO broke up and the Marcos loyalists coalesced with the other parties. Fidel V. Ramos (Lakas-NUCD) won the presidential election and his supporters became the administration coalition
1995 Lakas-Laban Coalition Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC)
1998 Lakas-NUCD-UMDP Laban ng Makabayang Masang Pilipino (LAMMP)
In 2001, Joseph Estrada was overthrown at the 2001 EDSA Revolution; his supporters were forced into opposition.
2001 People Power Coalition (PPC) Puwersa ng Masa (PnM)
2004 Koalisyon ng Katapatan at Karanasan sa Kinabukasan (K-4) Koalisyon ng Nagkakaisang Pilipino (KNP)
2007 TEAM Unity Genuine Opposition (GO)
In 2010, the anti-Arroyo forces were split into different parties: Aquino defeated Estrada and eight others to lead the government under the Liberal Party.
2010 Lakas Kampi CMD Liberal Party (LP)
Nacionalista Party (NP)
Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP)
In 2013, the main opposition party Lakas–CMD (formerly as Lakas-Kampi CMD) has weakened following the arrest of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Thus, the Estrada-Binay group established the United Nationalist Alliance as the main opposition party.
2013 Team PNoy United Nationalist Alliance (UNA)
2016 Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid (KDM) United Nationalist Alliance (UNA)
Partido ng Galing at Puso (PGP)
Coalition for Change
2019 Hugpong ng Pagbabago Otso Diretso

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^
  3. ^ Hugpong ng Pagbabago vs. Otso Diretso Debate Unlikely, Says Comelec. The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2019-04-11.
  4. ^ Dominant parties: LP, UNA to get more perks, Rappler.
  5. ^, by Carmela Fonbuena,. "JDV quits Lakas, won't join Lakas-Kampi". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  6. ^ "Major party-list groups join Lakas |". Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  7. ^ "Values Charter - Liberal Party of the Philippines". Liberal Party of the Philippines. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
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  10. ^ "Duterte confident Filipinos will back federalism |". Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  11. ^ News, Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN. "What is the PDP-Laban federalism model?". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
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