Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino

The Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (lit.'Force of the Filipino Masses'), formerly Partido ng Masang Pilipino (lit.'Party of the Filipino Masses'), is a populist political party in the Philippines. It is the political party of former Philippine President Joseph E. Estrada. In the May 1998 presidential election, it aligned itself with other political parties to form the Laban ng Makabayang Masang Pilipino (Struggle of the Patriotic Filipino Masses).

Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino
PresidentJoseph Estrada
FoundedAugust 20, 1991; 31 years ago (1991-08-20)
Big tent[1]
Political positionCentre-left[1]
National affiliationUniTeam (since 2021)
UNA (2012–2015)[2]
Colors  Orange and   green
Seats in the Senate
1 / 24
Seats in the House of Representatives
0 / 316
Provincial governorships
0 / 81
Provincial vice governorships
0 / 81


Originally named the Partido ng Masang Pilipino, the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino emanated from an organization which was an offshoot of the Economic Recovery Action Program (ERAP) organized by George S. Antonio in May 1990. The ERAP organization was formally launched on October 4, 1990 with 21 original members.[1]

The organization grew exponentially with the recruitment of members nationwide. It was then that the PMP was accredited as a political party with the objective of helping to uplift the lives of the Filipino people, especially the poor and the disadvantaged, through effective and efficient social and economic reforms. Its first campaign headquarters was located at the 4th floor of San Buena Building, EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong. On August 20, 1991, PMP was formally accredited as a national political party.

In 1992, PMP took its first major political step by fielding then-Senator Joseph Estrada as its vice-presidential candidate together with other local candidates. Estrada became the running mate of Eduardo "Danding" Cojuangco Jr., the standard-bearer of the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC). Estrada overwhelmingly won the vice-presidency, defeating former Chief Justice Marcelo Fernan of the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino along with five other candidates.

In 1997, a permanent and fully operational headquarters was established at 409 Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong. In the 1998 Philippine general election, PMP was very much involved in the election with the candidacy of Estrada as president and other local candidates nationwide. PMP played a lead role in the establishment of the opposition coalition Laban ng Makabayang Masang Pilipino (LAMMP), which also counted among its members the LDP and NPC. The coalition fielded full slates for the national and local levels. Card-bearing members reached as high as 3.2 million nationwide. Estrada won the presidential election, garnering almost 11 million votes and defeating nine other candidates including House Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. of Lakas–NUCD–UMDP.

In 2001, PMP led the opposition coalition, fielding senatorial candidates from People's Reform Party and LDP as well as independent candidates. The Puwersa ng Masa coalition won four seats in the Senate, including one for Estrada's wife Luisa "Loi" Ejercito Estrada.

In 2003, the party's name Partido ng Masang Pilipino was changed to Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino. In April 2004, the PMP agreed to enter into a coalition with the LDP and Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP–Laban) to form the Koalisyon ng Nagkakaisang Pilipino (KNP), the dominant opposition coalition for the 2004 Philippine general election. The coalition fielded actor Fernando Poe Jr. and Senator Loren Legarda as candidates for president and vice-president, respectively. Poe and Legarda lost the election to incumbent President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Senator Noli de Castro.

In officeEdit

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, the last two winning in 2004.

In the May 14, 2007 election, the party won three seats in the House of Representatives. Members of the Philippine House of Representatives are elected to serve three year terms.[3]

In the 17th Congress the party held one senate seat held by Estrada's son JV Ejercito, due to most members switching sides to PDP–Laban or UNA.

In the newsEdit

On January 18, 2008, Joseph Estrada's Partido ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) placed full-page advertisements in Metro Manila newspapers, blaming EDSA 2 of having "inflicted a dent on Philippine democracy". Its 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. Former Supreme Court justice Cecilia Muñoz Palma opined that EDSA 2 violated the 1987 Constitution.[4]

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.[5][6]

PMP-affiliated partiesEdit

  • Partido Magdiwang – San Juan
  • Partido Navoteño – Navotas
  • Asenso Manileño - City of Manila (until 2019)
  • Partido Magdalo – Cavite
  • Hugpong ng Pagbabago – Davao Region

Notable membersEdit

Candidates for Philippine General Elections 2010Edit

Senatorial Slate (8)

Candidates for the 2013 Philippine general electionEdit

Senatorial Slate (9) United Nationalist Alliance

Candidates for the 2016 Philippine general electionEdit

  • Rommel Mendoza – Presidential Candidate (backed out, supported the candidacy of former Vice President Jejomar Binay)

Senatorial Slate

Electoral performanceEdit

Presidential and vice presidential electionsEdit

Year Presidential election Vice presidential election
Candidate Vote share Result Candidate Vote share Result
1992 None Fidel Ramos
None Joseph Estrada
1998 Joseph Estrada[n 1]
Joseph Estrada
None[n 2] Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
2004 None[n 3] Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
None[n 4] Noli de Castro
2010 Joseph Estrada
Benigno Aquino III
None[n 5] Jejomar Binay
2016 None[n 6] Rodrigo Duterte
None[n 7] Leni Robredo
2022 None[n 8] Bongbong Marcos
(Partido Federal)
None[n 9] Sara Z. Duterte

Legislative electionsEdit

Congress of the Philippines
Year Seats won Result Year Seats won Ticket Result
1992 Not
LDP plurality 1992
0 / 24
Single party ticket LDP win 16/24 seats
1 / 204
Lakas / LDP majority 1995 Not
Lakas-Laban Coalition win 9/12 seats
1998[n 10]
55 / 258
Lakas plurality 1998
1 / 24
LAMMP LAMMP win 7/12 seats
2 / 256
Lakas plurality 2001 Not
People Power Coalition win 8/13 seats
5 / 261
Lakas plurality 2004
3 / 12
KNP K4 win 7/12 seats
4 / 270
Lakas plurality 2007 Not
Genuine Opposition win 8/12 seats
4 / 286
Lakas plurality 2010
2 / 12
Single party ticket Liberal Party win 4/12 seats
0 / 292
Liberal Party plurality 2013 Not
Team PNoy win 9/12 seats
0 / 297
Liberal Party plurality 2016
0 / 12
Single party ticket Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid win 7/12 seats
1 / 304
PDP–Laban plurality 2019
0 / 12
Split ticket Hugpong ng Pagbabago win 9/12 seats
2022 2022
1 / 12
UniTeam UniTeam Alliance win 6/12 seats
  1. ^ Estrada stood under the banner of the multi-party electoral alliance LAMMP.
  2. ^ Estrada's running mate was Edgardo Angara of the LDP.
  3. ^ PMP endorsed Fernando Poe Jr. for president.
  4. ^ PMP endorsed Loren Legarda for vice president.
  5. ^ Estrada's running mate was Jejomar Binay of PDP–Laban.
  6. ^ PMP endorsed Grace Poe for president.
  7. ^ PMP endorsed Bongbong Marcos for vice president.
  8. ^ PMP endorsed Bongbong Marcos for president.
  9. ^ PMP Endorsed Sara Duterte for vice president.
  10. ^ Contested in an electoral alliance with LDP and NPC as LAMMP. Seat total consists of 55 LAMMP representatives. No PMP representatives were elected outside the LAMMP alliance.


  1. ^ a b c d Dayley, Robert (2016). Southeast Asia In The New International Era. ISBN 9780813350110. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  2. ^ "Estrada, PMP no longer part of UNA, son JV clarifies". Philippine Daily Inquirer. July 1, 2015. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  3. ^ See 2007 Philippine general election.
  4. ^ GMA NEWS.TV, Erap's PMP questions EDSA 2 constitutionality
  5. ^, Lim resigns as PMP president[permanent dead link]
  6. ^, Mayor Lim resigns from Estrada party Archived August 23, 2008, at the Wayback Machine