Nationalist People’s Coalition
Published 17th May, 2013
The Nationalist People’s Coalition was founded in 1991 by a breakaway group from the Nacionalista Party. The party describes itself as Centrist and believes in Filipino nationalism and Progressivism.
In the 1992 presidential election the party supported Eduardo Cojuangco who came third with 18.17% of the vote. The party also did well that year taking 30 of 199 House of representative seats.
After that the party joined up with the Laban ng Makabayang Masang Pilipino (LAMMP – Struggle of the Patriotic Filipino Masses) which was a coalition supporting Vice President Joseph Estrada in the 1998 Presidential elections. Estrada won with 39.86% of the vote but in 2000 he was impeached for corruption and was forced from office in January 2001.
The NPC left the coalition and in 2001 won 40 seats in the lower house and that increased to 53 seats in 2004 The NPC lost its way with no credible presidential candidate after that and in 2007 they won just 27 seats and in 2010 they took 29 seats in the 2010 election (although it currently holds 43 seats).