Liberal Party

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The Liberal Party of the Philippines (Filipino: Partido Liberal ng Pilipinas) is a liberal party in the Philippines, founded on November 24, 1945 by a breakaway from the Nacionalista Party. As such it is the second-oldest political party in the Philippines in terms of establishment, and the oldest active political party in the Philippines. The party has been led by people like Manuel Roxas, Elpidio Quirino, Diosdado Macapagal and Benigno Aquino, Jr.. It currently occupies five seats in the Senate of the Philippines including Benigno Aquino III (won in the 2007 elections), Majority Floor Leader Francis Pangilinan of Metro Manila (won in 2001; re-elected in 2007) and former Armed Forces Chief General and two-time Senator Rodolfo Biazon of Metro Manila and former Trade Secretary Manuel Roxas II of Capiz, Negros, and Quezon City, (won in 2004 elections). There are no results available of the last elections for the House of Representatives, but according to the website of the House, the party holds 34 out of 235 seats (state of the parties, June 2005). The party was, at the time of the 2004 elections, a member of the Koalisyon ng Katapatan at Karanasan sa Kinabukasan (K-4, Coalition of Truth and Experience for Tomorrow), the coalition that supported president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who won the 2004 presidential elections. The party is a member of Liberal International and the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats. The Liberal Party's ideology is very similar that of the U.S. Democratic Party and the Liberal Party of Canada.

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Current party officials

  • Jovito Salonga, Chairman Emeritus (1982-present)
  • Former Senate President Franklin Drilon, Chairman (2006-present)
  • Senator Manuel A. Roxas II, The President, Vice Presidential Candidate (present)
  • Senator Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III, Executive Vice President, Presidential Candidate (present)
  • Former Representative Florencio B. Abad, Vice President for Policy
  • Rep. Jun Abaya, Secretary-General
  • Quezon Province Gov. Rafael P. Nantes, Treasurer
  • Attorney Jose Luis Martin C. Gascon, Esq, Director-General
  • La Union Province Board Member Henry Bacunay, Jr., Deputy Director-General

Past party presidents

Most notable members

See also

References

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External links

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