MANILA, Philippines – They are the President’s men and women. How much are the Aquino Cabinet members worth?
Of all of President Benigno Aquino III’s alter egos, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino posted the biggest gain in his net worth.
Based on his 2012 Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN), Tolentino’s net worth went up from P22.54 million in 2011 to P43.77 million in 2012.
Presidential Peace Adviser Teresita “Ging” Deles’ net worth dropped by P7.09 million from P21.83 million in 2011.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario is still the richest Cabinet secretary, with his net worth jumping to P705.48 million from P657.83 million in 2011.
The former Philippine Ambassador to the US was a director of PLDT and was part of its Board of Directors. Del Rosario was also a director of several companies engaged in infrastructure, property development, media, public utility and mining businesses, according to Forbes.com.
Another long-time businessman, Finance chief Cesar Purisima is the second richest Cabinet secretary. His net worth went up from P261.58 million in 2011 to P270.71 million in 2012.
Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, a former advertising executive, followed with a net worth of P249.98 million, up from P238.23 million in 2011.
Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II is next with a net worth of P203.35 million, up from P183.10 million.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro remains the poorest Cabinet member. His net worth went down from P739,000 in 2011 to P550,651 in 2012.
Here is the net worth of the other Cabinet members for 2012: