FACT FILE: Presidential, VP Candidates in the May 9 Elections 

The official campaign period starts on Feb. 8.

The May 9 elections are just three months away, and as the official campaign period for national candidates starts on Feb. 8, it is the responsibility of every Filipino voter to get to know those aspiring to be the next leaders of the country.

Political analysts say that aside from knowing the background of the candidates, it's also important to scrutinize their positions on key issues and their past work in the government.

As we begin to know our candidates more ahead of the vote, here are the most essential information about some presidential and vice presidential candidates and their stance on important issues.

Presidential candidates

De Guzman, Leody

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Date of Birth: July 25, 1959

Place of birth: Naujan, Oriental Mindoro

Positions held:
Member, Kilusang Mayo Uno (1990-1992)
Chair, Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (1993)
Vice President, Asia Regional Organization of Bank, Insurance and Finance Unions (2008-present)
Councilor, International Council, International Center for Labor Solidarity (2012-present)
Member, Board of Trustees, Bulig Visayas (2013-present)
Member, Board of Trustees, PhilRights (2018)

Position on key issues:

Tax the Rich: Ka Leody de Guzman to Push for 20% 'Wealth Tax'

Leody de Guzman Opposes Mandatory Military Service, Says PH Not at War

Leody de Guzman Says Jail Duterte, Not Vote for Him as Senator

Lacson, Panfilo

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Date of Birth: June 1, 1948

Place of Birth: Imus, Cavite

Positions held:
Chief, Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force (1998)
Chief, Philippine National Police (1999-2001)
Senator (2001-2013, 2016-2022)

Position on key issues:

Lacson Plants Philippine Flag in Spratlys, Saying 'West Philippine Sea is Ours'

Lacson Backs PH Return Under International Court That's Investigating Duterte

If Elected President, Lacson Says You are Free to Check His Bank Accounts

Marcos, Bongbong

Bongbong Marcos/Facebook
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Date of Birth: Sept. 13, 1957

Hometown: Batac, Ilocos Norte

Positions held:
Vice Governor, Ilocos Norte (1980-1983)
Governor, Ilocos Norte (1983-1986, 1988-2007)
Representative, Ilocos Norte 2nd District (1992-1995, 2007-2010)
Senator (2010-2016)

Position on key issues:

Dictator's Son? Bongbong Marcos Says Now is Not the Time to Debate History

How Bongbong Marcos Explained His Oxford University Education

Bongbong Marcos Says He Has Never Seen Gold Treasures

Moreno, Isko

Jerome Ascano
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Date of Birth: Oct. 24, 1974

Place of Birth: Tondo, Manila

Positions held:
City Councilor, Manila 1st District (1998-2004)
Vice Mayor, City Manila (2007-2016)
Mayor, City of Manila (2019-present)

Position on key issues:

How a President Isko Moreno Will Address Corruption in Government

Isko Moreno Rejects 'Political Butterfly' Criticism, Criticizes Independent Rival

Isko Moreno Says He'll Be 'Fearless' in Defending West Philippine Sea

Pacquiao, Manny

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Date of Birth: Dec. 17, 1978

Hometown: General Santos City

Positions held:
Representative, Sanggani Lone District (2010-2016)
Senator (2016-present)

Position on key issues:

Good Intentions Not Enough? Pacquiao Answers Leadership Question

Pacquiao Tells Racists to 'Fight Me Instead,' Joins Calls to #StopAsianHate

Pacquiao Starts Ayuda Challenge to Urge Rivals to Share Their Wealth

Robredo, Leni

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Date of Birth: April 23, 1965

Place of Birth: Naga City, Camarines Sur

Positions held:
Representative, Camarines Sur 3rd District (2013-2016)
Vice President (2016-present)

Positions on key issues:

Leni Robredo Unveils Jobs Plan for 'Hardworking, Agile' Filipinos

Move People, Not Cars: Leni Robredo Seeks 'Better Normal' for Commuters

Robredo Says Yes to Same-Sex Unions, No to Abortion

Vice Presidential Candidates

Atienza, Lito

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Date of Birth: Aug. 10, 1941

Place of Birth: San Andres, Manila

Positions held:
General Manager, National Housing Authority (1988)
Assemblyman, At large congressional district of Manila (1984-1986)
Vice Mayor, Manila (1992-1998)
Mayor, Manila (1998-2007)
Secretary, DENR (2007-2009)
Representative, BUHAY partylist (2013-present)

Position on key issues:

Lito Atienza Says 'When Men Get Pregnant', He'll Back Same-Sex Marriage

Hope for ABS-CBN Franchise? New Vote Sought, This Time in House Plenary

Bello, Walden

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Date of Birth: Nov. 11, 1945

Place of Birth: Cardona, Rizal

Position held:
Representative, Akbayan partylist (2007-2015)

Position on key issues:

With F-Bomb on Primetime TV, VP Bet Walden Bello Says Marcos Candidacy a Joke

West Philippine Sea or South China Sea? The Difference Matters

Duterte-Carpio, Sara

Bongbong Marcos/Facebook

Date of Birth: May 31, 1978

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Place of Birth: Davao City

Positions held:
Vice Mayor, Davao City (2007-2010)
Mayor, Davao City (2010-2013, 2016-present)

Position on key issues:

Sara Duterte Explains VP Run, Her Father Sees Bongbong Marcos' Hand

Sara Duterte Warns Supporters: Don't Fall for 'Campaign Fund' Scam

Sara Duterte Accuses Mon Tulfo of Writing Gossip, Marites Behavior

Ong, Willie

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Date of Birth: Oct. 24, 1963

Place of Birth: Manila, Philippines

Position held:
Consultant, Department of Health (2010-2015)

Position on key issues:

The Doc Willie Ong is In: How the VP Bet Plans to Uplift Healthcare

Doc Willie Ong Says Daily COVID Numbers Bad for Mental Health

Pangilinan, Francis


Date of Birth: Aug. 24, 1963

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Place of Birth: Manila, Philippines

Positions held:
Councilor, Quezon City (1988-1992)
Senator (2001-2013, 2016-present)

Position on key issues:

Spend Money on Agri Farms, Not Troll Farms: Pangilinan

Pangilinan Bill Seeks Six Additional Benefits for Health Frontliners

Pangilinan Bill Seeks Pension for Farmers, Fisherfolk

Sotto, Vicente III

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Date of Birth: Aug. 24, 1948

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Place of Birth: Manila, Philippines

Positions held:
Vice Mayor, Quezon City (1988-1992)
Senator, (1992-2004, 2010-present)
Chairman, Dangerous Drugs Board (2008-2009)

Position on key issues:

Tito Sotto Says He's 'Not at All' Anti-Gay, Explains SOGIE Stand

How to Pass Cha-Cha in the Senate? Sotto Says Keep it Economic

'To Each His Own': Sotto Says Filipinos Should Be Free to Take Ivermectin

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