VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
1. ATIENZA, LITO
ABAG PROMDI

Lito Atienza, 80, has represented the Buhay party-list as a lawmaker in the lower house since 2012.

He has held several seats in the City of Manila since the 1970s, ultimately becoming mayor for three consecutive years from 1998 to 2007. His appointment as Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources under the Arroyo administration from 2007 to 2009 also drew criticism from environmentalists who disapproved of his anti-conservation record as mayor.

As Buhay representative, Atienza opposes divorce, same-sex marriage or civil unions and the death penalty. He has also sought to repeal the Reproductive Health Law, claiming that the law’s promotion of birth control and use of artificial contraceptives and the possible legalization of same-sex marriage through the anti-discrimination provision violate the 1987 Constitution.

In contrast to his religious beliefs and what he calls his "pro-life" advocacy, Atienza urged his colleagues in the House of Representatives to declare their full support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody campaign against illegal drugs in November 2019.

Atienza had intended to retire from politics and serve as an advisor to Senator Manny Pacquiao on his campaign but was convinced by the boxer-turned-lawmaker to seek the vice presidency as his running mate. He is campaigning on a platform of good government and the elimination of corruption to provide a better life for Filipinos, listing 22 high-level agenda items to be tackled in a Pacquiao-Atienza administration. He claims that he may step aside if he is elected vice president but Pacquiao loses as president, insisting that the boxing icon is the best choice for the position.

His father Jose Atienza Sr. served under three Philippine presidents and founded the Liberal Party.

Platform and Policy
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The candidate's top priorities if elected to office, tracked against previous promises and accomplishments, if any

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Good government; Anti-corruption
 
Anti-death penalty; Anti-artificial contraceptives
Related Policy Proposal:
  1. Unity between him and president Pacquiao
  2. Strong enforcement of laws regulating smuggling at the borders
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Major Accomplishments
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The candidate's top five accomplishments and contributions for the last 15 years or so


Public Office

Under Atienza's leadership, the City of Manila touted record-low crime levels, owing to Atienza’s policies aimed at eliminating drug trafficking and drug syndicates in the city. However, he was also criticized for the demolition of several historic buildings such as the Jai Alai Building.


As Buhay party-list representative, Atienza has principally authored at least 21 laws and filed some 254 bills. Among the laws he principally authored is R.A. No. 11207 which increased the discount rate given to candidates looking to run political ads on television, radio and print. He also wrote the law that established the Philippine Space Agency.


Atienza has held conservative positions in the lower house, even filing a bill seeking to repeal the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012, which guarantees universal and free access to nearly all modern contraceptives for citizens, including those in poor communities.


In January 2022, Atienza doubled down on his opposition to marriage equality, saying he would only support it "once men can get pregnant and give birth."


Although he claims to be "pro-life," Atienza has expressed full-fledged support for the Duterte administration's anti-drug campaign which has had a death toll.


He became deputy speaker in November 2020 after allies of former speaker Alan Peter Cayetano were removed from their posts following the latter's ouster.

R.A. 11291 or the Magna Carta of the Poor
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Principal author, 2017
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Approved by the president on April 12, 2019
R.A. 11207 or An Act Providing for Reasonable Rates for Political Advertisements
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Principal author, 2017
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Approved by the president on Feb. 14, 2019
R.A. 11363 or the Philippine Space Act
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Principal author, 2018
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Approved by the president on Aug. 8, 2019
R.A. 11215 or the National Integrated Cancer Control Act
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Principal author, 2018
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Approved by the president on Feb. 14, 2019
R.A. 11350 or the National Commission of Senior Citizens Act
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Principal author, 2019
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Approved by the president on July 25, 2019
Actions and/or Proceedings
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Actions and/or proceedings pending against or resolved in courts or tribunals involving the candidate, based on publicly available information


Pending Actions and/or Proceedings

Subject Matter Relevant Dates Potential Liability Status
Manila City Administrator Amado Tetangco filed a P4.5 billion plunder case against Atienza and two others over the alleged overpriced Pasig River project before the Office of Ombudsman Dredging project in 2008

Charges filed in 2011
Reclusion perpetua to death (death penalty repealed in 2006) No official report or publicly available update from the Office of the Ombudsman

Resolved Actions and/or Proceedings

Subject Matter Relevant Dates Accrued Liability Status
Petitioners claimed that the modification of a rally permit changing the location of the rally site (from foot of Mendiola Bridge to Plaza Miranda) was a grave abuse of Atienza’s discretion as mayor and unconstitutional, after charges were filed against the rally organizers for violating the rally permit granted. Permit application - July 15, 2006

Permit issuance - June 16, 2006

Petition for certiorari to Court of Appeals - June 21, 2006, later denied for mootness

Rally at Mendiola Bridge

June 26, 2006 - Manila Police District files charges for violation of the Public Assembly Act

Although moot, the Supreme Court issued a decision ruling that the unilateral and outright modification of the rally permit is a grave abuse of discretion contrary to the Public Assembly Act and the rights of public assembly and of expression, unless a clear and present danger of a substantive evil that the state has a right to prevent
10 consolidated petitions assailing the constitutionality of Section 21(B) of Ordinance No. 7794 of the City of Manila (Manila Revenue Code) as basis for assessment of municipal license tax or business tax on transportation contractors; Atienza impleaded as vice mayor Manila Revenue Code enacted on June 22, 1993

Business tax assessments and civil cases filed- 1994

Regional Trial Court decisions in favor of corporations - 1995

SC decision - Dec. 10, 2014

No personal liability; business taxes assessed and collected ordered refunded by City of Manila SC ruled in favor of petitioners and declared Section 21(B) of Ordinance No. 7794 null and void for being beyond the power of the City of Manila and its officials to enact, approve and implement under the Local Government Code and ordered the refund of business taxes assessed and collected against the corporations
Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth
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Also known as SALN, this document is a declaration of one's personal finances. Philippine Law requires the SALN to be submitted by all public officials and employees to the Ombudsman. Public officials and employees may opt to voluntarily disclose their SALN to the public.

Assets
P21.4 million
Liabilities
Net Worth
P21.4 million

* As of Dec. 31, 2018

Campaign Details
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Key details about the candidate's campaign

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Running mate of Manny Pacquiao in 2022

Party History:
PRP
President
1991 to 1998
Liberal Party
President
1998 to 2007
Lakas Kampi CMD
President
2007 to 2009
PMP
President
2010 to 2012
Buhay
President
2012 to current
PROMDI
2021 to present
Major Donors
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Candidate's major donors and campaign funding sources

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Major Advocacies
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The candidate's top advocacies in the last 15 years or so

 
Anti-marriage equality, SOGIE Equality Bill
 
Pro-life beliefs
 
Holding the Marcos family accountable
 
Repealing the Reproductive Health Law
Anti-marriage equality, SOGIE Equality Bill

Claimed in 2019 that the SOGIE Equality Bill, an anti-discrimination measure, actually "discriminates against majority of the people, imposing on them what they cannot accept."

In January 2022, Atienza said he would only support same-sex marriage "once men can get pregnant and give birth"

Position/Date
2013 - present - Spans political career but most prominently during terms in the House of Representatives
Status
Ongoing
Pro-life beliefs
Promotes pro-life and Catholic values, which include opposition to abortion and birth control, the death penalty, divorce, same-sex marriage and euthanasia
Position/Date
2013 - present - Spans political career but most prominently during terms in the House of Representatives, and including as vice presidential candidate
Status
Ongoing
Holding the Marcos family accountable

Protested against the Marcos regime

Says the Marcos family must admit abuses and failures of Martial Law before he can believe that younger Marcoses won’t make the same mistakes

Claims he will not work with Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. if he wins the presidency, to step aside for next VP candidate with the most votes

Position/Date
2022 - Throughout his political career, including as vice presidential candidate
Status
Ongoing

Filed House Bill No. 5373 in 2015 seeking to repeal the Reproductive Health Law
Repealing the Reproductive Health Law
Position/Date
2015 - As Buhay representative
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Personal Details
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Basic information on the candidate's family, background and work experience

Name to appear on the ballot: ATIENZA, LITO
Full Name: Jose Livioko “Lito”Atienza Jr.
Birthdate: Aug. 10, 1941 (80 years old as of election day)
Birthplace: San Andres Bukid, Manila
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Religion: Roman Catholic
Languages Spoken: Filipino, English
Parents:
  • Jose J. Atienza Sr., father
  • Encarnita Escalante Livioko, mother
Siblings:
Marital Status: Married, Maria Evelina Ilagan
Children:
  • Kim Atienza
  • Alejandro “Kim” Atienza
  • Alessandra Atienza
  • Arlene Maile Roces
  • Arnold Atienza
  • Ana Leilani Atienza
  • Angela Lei Atienza-Valdepeñas
  • Sarah Jane Atienza
  • Chrisvil Atienza
Education:

•Master in Urban Planning, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila

•Bachelor in Public Administration, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila

•Third Year, Bachelor of Science in Architecture, University of Santo Tomas

•Doctor of Public Management, Honoris Causa, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila

Work Experience:

•Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nov. 2020 to present

•Representative of Buhay Party-List Group, House of Representatives, 2013 to present

•Secretary, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, 2007 to 2009

•Mayor, Manila City, 1998 - 2007

•Vice Mayor, Manila City, 1992 - 1998