MANILA, Philippines (2nd Update) — Professional boxer and Sarangani Rep Manny Pacquiao is still the wealthiest lawmaker in the House of Representatives.
The list of the top 10 richest solons is almost the same as in 2011 except for a new entrant — Las Piñas City Rep Mark Villar.
His net worth jumped from P161.3-M in 2011 to P361.8-M in 2012 to become the 7th richest representative as of last year.
Here are the top 10 richest House members, according to their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN):
- Sarangani Rep Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao – P1.771-B (up from P1.353-B)
- Ilocos Norte Rep Imelda Marcos – P922.8-M (down from P932.8-M)
- House Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr — P818.6-M (up from P726.2-M)
- Negros Occidental Rep Alfredo Benitez — P702.1-M (up from P686.2-M)
- Negros Occidental Rep Jules Ledesma IV – P590.6-M (up from P555.1-M)
- Leyte Rep Martin Romualdez — P474.2-M (up from P474.1-M)
- Las Piñas City Rep Mark Villar — P361.8-M (up from P161.3-M)
- Iloilo Rep Augusto Syjuco — P301.6-M (down from P 302.1-M)
- Tarlac Rep Enrique Cojuangco — P214.8-M (up from P 200.6-M)
- Rizal Rep Joel Roy Duavit — P195.9-M (down from P 194.1-M)
If Pacquiao is still the wealthiest solon, Anakpawis Rep Rafael Mariano continues to be the poorest member of the House.
Except for South Cotabato Rep Daisy Avance-Fuentes and Bulacan Rep Joselito Andrew “Jonjon” Mendoza, most of the top 10 poorest solons are party list representatives.
The SALN declarations of Fuentes and Mendoza for 2012 both showed huge declines in their net worth. Fuentes’ 2012 net worth is at P118,000, down by P6.875-M from P6.933-M in 2011. Meanwhile, Mendoza’s net worth fell by P24.622-M in 2012 to P850,000.
Here are the top 10 poorest House members:
- Anakpawis Rep Rafael Mariano — P92,507 (up from P46,946)
- South Cotabato Rep Daisy Avance-Fuentes — P118,000 (down from P6.933-M)
- Kabataan Rep Raymond Palatino — P205,000 (up from P195,000)
- Akbayan Rep Kaka Bag-ao — P230,789 (down from P1,098,320)
- Bayan Muna Rep Teddy Casiño — P446,390 (up from P91,000)
- Kalinga Rep Abigail Ferriol — P501,951 (up from P483,006)
- Bulacan Rep Joselito Andrew “Jonjon” Mendoza — P850,000 (down from P25.472-M)
- COOP NATCCO Rep Cresente Paez — P1.195-M (down from P6.553-M)
- Gabriela Rep Emmerenciana “Emmi” de Jesus — P1.240-M (the same as 2011 — P1,240,000)
- ACT Teachers Rep Antonio Tinio — P1.288-M (up from P1.161-M)
How rich are your representatives in Congress? Below is the summary of their net worth provided by the Office of the Secretary-General of the House of Representatives in descending order. Click here to access their 2011 SALNs.
Public officials are required by law to file their SALNs on or before April 30 of every year.
Except for the Senate and the House of Representatives, all elected officials file their SALNs before the Office of the Ombudsman. Senators and representatives file their SALNs before their respective chambers.
SALNs became a controversial issue during the recent elections after allegations surfaced against Sen Loren Legarda’s supposed failure to include her New York City condominium unit in her SALNs