The Manila Times : Federal party eyes Marcos as head

News & Interviews
20 September 2021

By Bernadette E. Tamayo | The Manila Times

THE revitalized Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) has deferred the election of its chairman as it decided to reserve the post for former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.

Marcos had been endorsed in a unanimous vote as the PFP presidential candidate in the May 9, 2022 national elections.

The PFP, which the Commission on Elections accredited on Oct. 5, 2018, held on Sept. 18 its national convention.

The PFP, which promotes the ideology of federalists Pedro Paterno and Trinidad Pardo de Tavera, has been reinvented and fortified in preparation for next year's local and national elections.

The party overhauled its leadership during the hybrid virtual convention and elected new officers, retaining most of its officials.

Installed as the PFP executive vice president and general campaign manager for the 2022 national election was lawyer Victor Rodriguez.

Among the PFP elected officers are South Cotabato Gov. Reynaldo Tamayo, president; retired Gen. Thompson Lantion, secretary general; Antonio Rodriguez, vice president (VP) for Luzon; Carlito Ceniza, VP for Visayas; Assam Ulangkaya, VP for Mindanao; Manuel Andal, VP for political affairs; George Briones, general counsel; Lino Dumas, national legal officer; Antonio Marfori, national treasurer; Edgardo Acaba, national auditor; Julius Caesar Aguiluz, sergeant at arms; Patricio Roman, senior political adviser and Saidah Pukunum, chairman of the international affairs.

Briones cited the party's strengths which included its 1.5 million members nationwide; the 350 candidates who won in the 2019 local and congressional polls, and the party and its officers' no record of graft and corruption.

"The PFP is proud of its integrity… the PFP has no excess baggage to carry," Briones stressed.

He said that PFP has strong youth organizations nationwide that collaborate with the party to lift its dream "for a society that is free of illegal drugs, free of corruption, free of crime, free of insurgency and free of poverty."

Meanwhile, Tamayo raised the need for party members to preserve the PFP principles such as humanism, patriotic federalism, enlightened socialism and direct democracy. He said "the party values human dignity and will aspire for equality among all Filipinos."