May 4, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – The political party Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP) is endorsing the presidential bid of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte this coming elections.
“The LDP has decided to give Mayor Duterte its full and unequivocal support because we believe his platform addresses the core problems of the country, at this crucial juncture in our history,” said LDP chairman Edgardo Angara in a statement on Tuesday.
“Mayor Duterte offers the best hope for structural change. His Peace and Prosperity Agenda directly responds to the plight of the Filipino,” he added.
The LDP was born in 1988 from the merger of Lakas ng Bansa of then Palawan representative and former Speaker Ramon Mitra Jr. and Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr.’s wing of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).
Cojuangco is the uncle of President Aquino.
LDP later formed a coalition with former president Fidel Ramos’ Lakas-NUCD and then endorsed the presidential candidacy of then vice president Joseph Estrada in 1997.
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, that same year, quit the LDP to form her own party, Kampi, her vehicle to the presidency.
In 2010, Angara supported the presidential bid of Fernando Poe Jr., father of current presidential candidate, Grace Poe.
But this time, he has opted not to support Poe and instead chose to endorse Duterte, who is running under the banner of PDP-Laban.
Angara served in the Senate from 1987 to 1998 and from 2001 to 2013.
He was Senate President from 1993 to 1995, served as Secretary of Agriculture from 1999 to 2000, and as Executive Secretary in 2001. -MBL