In his first debate appearance in the campaign for the May 2022 polls, presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. claimed that the West Philippine Sea (WPS) dispute became an election issue only in this campaign.
This is false. Watch this video:
Less than a year after winning the presidency, Duterte dismissed his campaign promise as a “joke.” (See VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Duterte claims he ‘never mentioned’ PH-China maritime row in 2016 campaign. He did.)
Editor’s note: This article was updated to include the video fact check.
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