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VERA FILES FACT SHEET: What you need to know about the presidential, VP hopefuls

First of four parts

With the overseas absentee voting set to begin on April 10, registered Filipino voters all over the world will be casting their ballots for the country’s next set of officials, including the 17th president, and determine the course of the nation’s progress in the coming years.

In this four-part series, VERA Files Fact Check compiled relevant information about six of the top candidates vying for Malacañang, and their respective vice presidential bets, to help voters make the ultimate decision.

Grouped alphabetically, each profile contains a summary of the candidates’ main platform, experience in public office or field of expertise, issues and controversies faced, relatives in government, and other interesting facts.

Likewise listed are previous fact checks of the candidate done by VERA Files Fact Check and its media and academic partners in the collaboration.

(See VERA FILES FACT SHEET: Who among the 2022 hopefuls have spread misinformation)

Part 1 of this series includes three presidential bets, namely, labor leader Leody De Guzman, Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, and Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson.

Scroll down to know more about the candidates:

Leodegario “Leody” De Guzman


Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso


Panfilo “Ping” Lacson


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De Guzman


On illegal gambling

On plunder raps

On switching political parties

On excess political funds


Government Experience/Field of Expertise

Issues and Controversies

  • On the Dacer-Corbito Double Murder Case
    • Lacson’s escape to avoid arrest expected, says Dacer’s daughter, Feb. 10, 2010, Philippine Star
    • Philippine senator flees abroad to escape charges, Feb. 3, 2010, Taiwan News
    • Lacson flees RP, Feb. 3, 2010, Philippine Star
    • What Went Before: Suspects in Dacer, Corbito murders, Feb. 8, 2015, Philippine Daily Inquirer
    • Lacson back in PHL from HK after hiding for over a year, March 26, 2011, GMA News Online
    • Lacson back in Manila after over a year in hiding, March 26, 2011, ABS-CBN News
    • Lacson says he was a fugitive from injustice, March 29, 2011, Philippine Daily Inquirer
    • CA-G.R. SP NO. 116057, Court of Appeals Sixth Division, Feb. 3, 2011, Ping Lacson’s official website
    • Senator Ping Lacson, humarap sa iba’t ibang isyu | Jessica Soho Presidential Interviews, Jan. 22, 2022, GMA News
    • Lacson blames Arroyo for his involvement in Dacer-Corbito case, Jan. 30, 2022, GMA News
  • Alleged torturer during Martial Law
  • Kuratong Baleleng
    • The Kuratong Baleleng Gang Case- A Saga Revisited, November 2004, Arellano Law and Policy Review Vol. 5 No. 2
    • It’s final: SC drops ‘Kuratong’ murder raps vs Lacson, March 4, 2013,
    • SC junks govt appeal, clears Lacson with finality in Kuratong Baleleng case, March 4, 2013, GMA News
    • It’s final: SC clears Lacson in ‘Kuratong Baleleng’ case, March 5, 2013, Philippine Star

Interesting facts


(Guided by the code of principles of the International Fact-Checking Network at Poynter, VERA Files tracks the false claims, flip-flops, misleading statements of public officials and figures, and debunks them with factual evidence. Find out more about this initiative and our methodology.)