SALN of senators made public; Villar, Pacquiao top list as billionaires

UNTV News   •   May 19, 2017   •   10142

MANILA — The public can now take hold of the 2016 Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN) of senators.

Senator Cynthia Villar tops the list with the highest net worth amounting to P3.6 billion pesos with no declared liabilities.

Senator Manny Pacquiao followed with more than P3-billion net worth.

This is lower compared to his 2015 SALN with a declared net worth of P3.27 billion.

On top three is Sen. Ralph Recto; followed by Senators Sonny Angara and Juan Miguel Zubiri.

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, on the other hand, is considered as the poorest senator. — UNTV News & Rescue

LIST: 2016 Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth or SALN of senators

NAME                                                  NET WORTH
CYNTHIA VILLAR                          P3,606,034,556
MANNY PACQUIAO                      P3,072,315,030
RALPH RECTO                                P522,610,452.59
SONNY ANGARA                            P123,949,722
JUAN MIGUEL ZUBIRI                P121,768,713.77
SHERWIN GATCHALIAN            P92,141,701.14
GRACE POE                                      P88,480,811.91
FRANK DRILON                             P82,482,955
JV EJERCITO                                   P79,130,483.36
RICHARD GORDON                      P66,928,851.46
VICENTE SOTTO III                      P63,800,450
NANCY BINAY                                 P60,483,437
LOREN LEGARDA                          P40,911,192.90
PANFILO LACSON                         P38,703,615
BAM AQUINO                                  P33,860,702.59
ALAN PETER CAYETANO            P24,132,490
JOEL VILLANUEVA                       P21,519,770
GREGORIO HONASAN                  P21,279,749.74
AQUILINO PIMENTEL III            P17,734,400
RISA HONTIVEROS                        P16,332,952.70
FRANCIS PANGILINAN                P9,288,108.84
LEILA DE LIMA                               P6,617,635.62
FRANCIS ESCUDERO                    P6,602,082.09
ANTONIO TRILLANES IV           P6,506,672.13

Pacquiao seeks 1-year freeze on Philhealth premium rate hike for health workers

Robie de Guzman   •   May 29, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Manny Pacquiao on Friday said he has filed a resolution calling for a one-year suspension of the increase in Philippine Health Insurance (PhilHealth) premium contributions for healthcare workers amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.

In Senate Resolution 429, Pacquiao urged the Senate to call for the suspension of the increase in Philhealth premium rate for healthcare professionals for the year 2020 “as a token of gratitude” to their sacrifices amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The senator filed the resolution as Philhealth is poised to implement an increase in premium payments from 2.75% to 3% of its members’ monthly salary.

The increase is provided in the Universal Health Care Act, which provides for the automatic enrolment of all Filipino citizens in the government’s National Health Insurance Program. The law also mandates an annual increase in premium rate until it reaches 5% by 2024.

“The first year of the implementation of the increased rate of premium contributions, coincided with the advent and continuation of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines,” the resolution read.

“This has constrained most, if not all, health care professionals and other health care workers in the country sacrificing and risking their well-being and even their lives, to help cure the afflicted and stem the surge of transmission of the disease caused by the Covid-19 virus,” it added.

Pacquiao also pointed out that the pandemic has resulted in the “disruption of the professional practice of the health care professionals concomitantly leading to the marked decrease in the income of health care professionals and related health care workers, and to some, even to the closure of their clinics.”

“Such a suspension may help these frontliners in a small way, but the recognition and expression of gratitude will go a little farther to support them moving forward,” he said.

The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) earlier called on the government to suspend the premium payment increase for medical workers amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

CSC extends deadline for SALN filing to June 30

Robie de Guzman   •   April 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Civil Service Commission (CSC) on Tuesday announced it has extended the deadline for the filing of Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) for government employees amid the enhanced community quarantine being enforced in Luzon against novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In an advisory, the CSC said the deadline for SALN filing has been moved to June 30 from its original deadline of April 30 in line with the declaration of a State of Public Health Emergency in the country due to the COVID-19 crisis.

This is in accordance with the Memorandum Circular No. 9, series of 2020 issued by CSC chairperson Alicia Bala on April 3, which gives additional 60 days for public officials and employees to file their SALN for the year 2019.

“Those filing their SALN Forms between the period after April 30, 2020 and June 30, 2020 will not be subjected to any administrative case relating to the non-filing of the SALN Form,” the memo states.

“However, those not filing their SALN Forms will still be liable if they fail to file the same by June 30, 2020,” it added.

The memo also stated that departments, agencies, and offices are given until August 31 to submit the SALN forms to the appropriate repository agencies.

“The foregoing parameters shall be subject to changes in case of any further issuances by the appropriate authorities, department and/or task force pertaining to the national emergency brought by COVID-19,” the memo reads.

The CSC also reminded government workers to use the correct SALN Form and Additional Sheets Form (Revised as of January 2015).

Under the law, all public officials and employees are mandated to file a SALN.

Luzon has been under community enhanced quarantine since March 17 to combat the spread of coronavirus.

The measure limits the movement of people, mass gathering, and suspended the operation of mass transport and work in various industries.

The community quarantine is supposed to end on April 12 but the government extended it to April 30.

‘Some refused to deliver essentials to our home’: Sen. Angara’s wife bares difficulties amid COVID-19 quarantine

Robie de Guzman   •   March 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Days after Senator Sonny Angara confirmed he tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), his wife, Elvira “Tootsy” Angara took to social media to bare the difficulties they have to deal with amid their household quarantine.

In an Instagram post, Tootsy revealed that some have refused to deliver essentials to their home after news about the senator’s health condition broke out.

She also said that a neighbor wanted them out of the village.

“As soon as the news came out, some have refused to deliver essentials to our home, a neighbor wished to have us out of our neighborhood, and I don’t blame them,” she said on her profile on Saturday.

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I miss my Sonny boy 💖 the last time we held hands was during the Ama namin as we watched the online mass as a family 2 weeks ago. It was sad i couldnt give him a big tight hug to say it was going to be okay when he got his results. It pains me that i am not able to take care of him the way he took care of me when i was sick ..i feel sad thay we cant be there for him and he has to go through this physically alone.. its lonely for all of us but we know its just a matter of time 💖 As soon as the news came out… some have refused to deliver essentials to our home .. a neighbor wished to have us out of our neighborhood… and i dont blame them … To our other neighbors who showed us acts of kindness, thank you💖 I had to reach out and ask for help.. our entire household quarantined for 14 days…family and friends sent us drinking water when we ran out, they sent us oxygen too.. the 2 most essential things in life.. water and air 💖 some sent us fruits, vegetables, medical supplies ,cleaning aids, vitamins for our household 💖 The doctors.. the dear doctors who have been patiently answering my messages , my inquiries and questions.. i cannot thank you enough 🙏🙏🙏 I am forever grateful for all the beautiful and kind souls God blessed us with. I do have moments of weakness where i break down and cry ..because i miss him a lot and dont know what i can do to help.. but i choose to be strong and realized that prayer calmed my heart and made me believe Sonny was going to be okay.. I have faith God will help him get through this.. When I feel sad or scared I pray the rosary by myself of with other ladies on zoom or listen to the online masses. The kids and I have to stay healthy physically and spiritually because at this point that is all the counts.. then before we know it, sonner than later with GODs healing power we will have our dearest strong, healthy and funny Papi back.. 💖 To all our dear friends, may i ask for your prayers for Sonnys complete recovery 🙏 🙏🙏🙏 and pls keep yourselves safe 💖💖💖

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She, however, said there are those who helped the household as they undergo a 14-day quarantine. Some have sent them drinking water and food, vitamins and cleaning supplies.

“To our other neighbors who showed us acts of kindness, thank you… Our entire household quarantined for 14 days, family and friends sent us drinking water when we ran out, they sent us oxygen too, the 2 most essential things in life, water and air, some sent us fruits, vegetables, medical supplies ,cleaning aids, vitamins for our household,” she said.

She also thanked the doctors who patiently answered her messages during her husband’s battle against the virus.

“The dear doctors who have been patiently answering my messages, my inquiries and questions. I cannot thank you enough, I am forever grateful for all the beautiful and kind souls God blessed us with,” she said.

Angara’s wife also shared that she feels sad and pained for not being able to take care of her husband who is in quarantine, and admitted to breaking down amid the difficult situation.

“I do have moments of weakness where I break down and cry, because I miss him a lot and don’t know what I can do to help. But I choose to be strong and realized that prayer calmed my heart and made me believe Sonny was going to be okay,” she said.

“I have faith God will help him get through this,” she added.

Angara is the third Filipino senator to have contracted coronavirus following Koko Pimentel and Juan Miguel Zubiri.

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