Party of the Filipino Masses
Published 17th May, 2013
The Party of the Filipino Masses was founded in 1991. It describes itself as Centre-left and believes in Centre-left populism. It is the political vehicle of former President Joseph Estrada.
The heyday of the party was in 1998 when Joseph Estrada stood for the presidential election under the umbrella organisation Laban ng Makabayang Masang Pilipino (LAMMP – Struggle of the Patriotic Filipino Masses) and which he won with 39.86% of the vote. LAMMP also did well, taking 55 of the 206 seats in the House of Representatives.
In 2000 Joseph Estrada was impeached for corruption and was forced from office in January 2001.
The fortunes of the party have reflected those of its leader. In 2001 the party won two seats in the House of Representatives; that went up to five in 2004 and down to four in 2007 even though they were then part of the Genuine Opposition (GO) coalition.
In 2010 Joseph Estrada was able to stand once more as a presidential candidate and he came second with 26.25% of the vote. His party did not do as well though and managed just five of 286 seats in the House of Representatives and three of the 24 Senate seats.
In the 2013 midterm elections Joseph Estrada was elected Mayor of Manila at the age of 76.