Liberal Party of the Philippines

The Liberal Party (LP) was founded on January 19, 1946 by Manuel Roxas from what was once the “Liberal Wing” of the old Nacionalista Party. Two previous Presidents of the Philippines elected into office came from the LP: former President Elpidio Quirino and former President Diosdado Macapagal. Two other Presidents came from the ranks of LP, being former member of the party that chose to follow a different path and joined the Nacionalistas: Ramon Magsaysay and Ferdinand Marcos.

During the days leading to Martial rule, Marcos would find his old Party as a potent roadblock to his quest for one-man rule. Led by Ninoy Aquino, Gerry Roxas, and Jovito Salonga, the LP continued to fight the dictatorship at all cost. Many of its leaders and members were prosecuted and even killed during this time.

In recent times, the LP was instrumental in ending more than half-a-century US military in the Philippines with its campaign in the Senate during 1991 to reject a new RP-US Bases Treaty. This ironically cost the Party dearly, losing the elections of 1992. In 2000, it showed its mettle by standing against the corruption of the Estrada Administration, actively supporting the Resign-Impeach-Oust initiatives that led to People Power II. In 2004, it again stood its ground as the Party withdrew its support from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo following controversies of her election into office.

In 2009, the Party mounted a historic campaign for the 2010 elections with Senators Noynoy Aquino and Mar Roxas as frontrunners following the death of former President Corazon Aquino and widespread calls for genuine change in the country.

The LP had successfully reclaimed the national ruling party status with the momentous victory of President Noynoy Aquino in the last May 2010 elections together with majority of its allies in the House of Representatives and local government units.



Leni Robredo
Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines

Franklin Drilon
Vice Chairperson

Feliciano Belmonte, Jr.
Vice Chairperson

Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan

Jose Christopher “Kit” Belmonte
Secretary General

Josephine Ramirez-Sato

Argee Gallardo
Deputy Director for Admin and Finance

Hermino Bagro III
International Liaison to CALD


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The Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) was inaugurated in Bangkok in 1993, with the support of then Thai Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai and South Korea’s Kim Dae-Jung. CALD, which offers a unique platform for dialogue and cooperation, is the only regional alliance of liberal and democratic political parties in Asia.
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