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

Second 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 2 of this series includes three presidential bets, namely, former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., Sen. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, and Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo.

Scroll down to know more about the candidates:

Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.


Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao


Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo

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Manny Pacquiao official Instagram account, (photo of Manny), Oct. 19, 2021

Manny Pacquiao official Facebook page, (photo of Manny), Dec. 4, 2021

Manny Pacquiao official Facebook page, (photo of Manny), March 14, 2022

Manny Pacquiao official Facebook page, (photo of Manny), March 17, 2022

Lito Atienza official website, 22-round agenda, Accessed March 28, 2022


Government Experience / Field of Expertise

Issues and controversies


Family members in government


Jinkee Pacquiao

Rogelio D. Pacquiao

Alberto “Bobby” D. Pacquiao


Lorelie G. Pacquiao

Zyrex C. Pacquiao

Russell Jamora

Interesting facts

Basic information


Government Experience

Family members in government

Interesting Facts

Basic Information



(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.)