Published 17th May, 2013
Lakas-CMD was originally founded in 1992 by Fidel Ramos after he lost the Liberal Party presidential nomination. The party was then re-born in 2009 following the merger of the Lakas-CMD with the Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino or KAMPI and was known as Lakas Kampi CMD until 2012 when it reverted back to Lakas-CMD. The party describes itself as Centre-right and believes in Christian and Islamic democracy.
Fidel Ramos was elected as president in 1992 with 23.58% of the vote as a candidate for the original Lakas party. More recently, Vice-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2001 – 2010) became president in 2001 after President Joseph Estrada was impeached. She had stood as a Lakas Vice-Presidential candidate in the 1998 elections and won. She then stood as their presidential candidate (Lakas K-4) in 2004 and won with 39.99% of the vote. Arroyo was barred from standing in 2010 and their presidential candidate Gilberto Teodoro came fourth with just 11.33% of the vote.
Although the party won 106 of the 229 seats in the House of Representatives in the 2010 general election many split off to support the Liberal party and President Benigno Aquino III after the election. The party is currently in opposition.