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MANILA, Philippines -- Resigned senator Juan Miguel Zubiri and Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno were sworn in Thursday as members of the Partido ng Masang Pilipino, the party created by former President Joseph Estrada.
Joining Moreno were members of the Manila city council.
Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, who also assumed the party presidency, welcomed the new PMP members at ceremonies at Club Filipino.
Estrada, son of the former president, said Zubiri and Moreno’s entry into the PMP would help cement the party as among the strongest in the country today.
Recently, the PMP and Vice President Jejomar Binay’s Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan formed the United Nationalist Alliance, which will field a senatorial slate in next year’s mid-term elections.
The oath taking was witnessed by the former president and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile.
The elder Estrada ran for vice president under the PMP, then called the Partido ng Masang Pilipino, in 1992 and for president in 1998, in coalition with the Laban ng Masang Pilipino, the Nationalist People’s Coalition and the LDP.
However, he was ousted by the 2001EDSA 2 uprising and replaced by his then vice president, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
In 2003, the party was renamed Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino and, a year after, it joined the LDP and the Partido Demokratiko ng Pilipinas–Lakas ng Bayan to form the Koalisyon ng Nagkakaisang Pilipino to support the failed presidential bid of action star Fernando Poe Jr., who lost to Arroyo in 2004 in elections widely perceived as marred by fraud.