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

Third 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 3 of this series includes three vice presidential bets, namely, BUHAY Party-list Rep. Jose “Lito” Atienza Jr., former Akbayan representative Walden Bello, and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte

Scroll down to know more about the candidates:

Jose “Lito” Atienza Jr.


Walden Bello


Sara Duterte


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Government Experience

Issues and controversies

Family members in government

Hermenegildo L. Atienza

Kim Atienza

Maile Atienza

Arnold “Ali” Atienza

  • Department of Information and Communications Technology official website, (photo of Ali Atienza), Accessed March 25, 2022
  • Lito Atienza official website, Family, Accessed March 25, 2022
  • Department of Information and Communications Technology official website, Officials, Accessed March 25, 2022

Daniel Nikko L. Atienza

Rigoberto J. Atienza

Jose J. Atienza Sr

Interesting facts

Commission on Elections, Ballot face for overseas voting for the 2022 elections, Accessed March 25, 2022




(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.)