Jinggoy: PMP remains a major force to reckon with

The Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino or the PMP remains a political force to reckon with, as it continues to draw more public servants who are supportive of the party’s pro-poor agenda.

PMP President Senator Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada believes the PMP is the only political party today with a genuine pro-poor agenda that promotes the welfare of the masses, the majority of the country’s population.

“Marami ang naniniwala sa aming plataporma ng pagsusulong ng kapakanan ng mahihirap at ng masang Pilipino. Anumang kaunlaran na natatamasa ng ekonomiya ng bansa ay dapat na nararamdaman at napapakinabangan ng mga mahihirap nating kababayan,” Sen. Estrada said.

He added that from its inception, the party wishes to alleviate poverty and give priority to programs that directly benefit the urban poor, landless farmers, fishermen, teachers, overseas workers, the artists, the unemployed and the indigenous people.

“Today, we continue to attract hordes of members, political coordinators and volunteers for the 2016 elections, not just in Metro Manila but also from the provinces,” Senator Jinggoy said.

At one point, PMP members totaled more than 3 million all over the country.

Jinggoy further said that the party is fielding several candidates in various positions in the upcoming May 2016 elections, led by the candidacy of his father Manila City Mayor Joseph Estrada.

Former President and incumbent Mayor Estrada is the party’s founding chairman.

Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, on the other hand, is the party’s chairman emeritus.

Erstwhile called as “Partido ng Masang Pilipino,” the PMP was duly accredited as a political party in 1991 and on the following years steered the back-to-back vice presidential and presidential victories of Joseph “Erap” Estrada in 1992 and 1998, respectively.

In 2004, the PMP entered into a coalition with the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP) and Partido Demokratiko ng Pilipinas – Lakas Bayan (PDP-LABAN) to form the Koalisyon ng Nagkakaisang Pilipino (KNP) and supported the candidacy of Fernando Poe, Jr. for the presidency.

In 2010, PMP again supported the presidential bid of Joseph Estrada for which he received an impressive 9.4 million votes.

During the 2013 midterm elections, PMP supported 650 candidates mostly in local government posts across the nation.

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