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Sources: President Duterte forms own political party in preparation for Federalism

Several sources have confirmed that President Duterte ordered the creation of Partido Federal ng Pilipinas so he could have a political party separate from PDP-Laban.


Duterte wants PFP to have as many politikos as members, from senators to councilors.

A June 25 report by the Negros Daily Bulletin (NDB) identified former Interior Undersecretary JV Hinlo as president of PFP.

Hinlo, who is currently a member of the Landbank of the Philippines’ board of directors, was quoted as saying in the report that PFP has a pending application for accreditation with the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

“The Party which is composed of the supporters of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte is presenting itself as the alternative Party with the main advocacy of Federalism,” Hinlo told NDB.

Duterte’s decision to form his own political party was no different from what former Presidents Fidel Ramos, Joseph Estrada and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo did.

Ramos created Partido Lakas Tao in December 1991 after losing the then-ruling Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino’s nomination to run for president. Partido Lakas Tao eventually became Lakas-CMD (Christian Muslim Democrat).

Estrada is widely identified with Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP), which helped him win as vice president in the 1992 elections.

Arroyo, meanwhile, created the Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino (Kampi) in the run up to the 1998 elections, in which she originally wanted to run for president.

While Duterte is PDP-Laban’s highest ranking member, the party was formed by former senator Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr.

With the 2019 midterm elections less than a year away, it will be interesting to see how many of the current PDP-Laban stalwarts will bolt the party to join Duterte in PFP.

Sources: President Duterte forms own political party in preparation for Federalism Sources: President Duterte forms own political party in preparation for Federalism Reviewed by AsianPolicy.Press on 6:36:00 AM Rating: 5

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