Villar, Pacquiao among 2017 richest senators

Marje Pelayo   •   May 17, 2018   •   5212


(L-R) Senators Manny Pacquiao; Cynthia Villar

PASAY CITY, Philippines – For four consecutive years, Senator Cynthia Villar has remained the richest among the senators based on their respective Statement of Assets Liabilities and Networth (SALN) for 2017.

Villar’s net worth marked at P3.6 billion in 2017 followed by neophyte Senator Manny Pacquiao with P2.9 billion.

On the other hand, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV ranked the least wealthy among the senators with P6.8 million pesos net worth. Also among the poorest was detained Senator Leila De Lima with only P7.9 million pesos.

Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III ranked 6th among the poorest senators with P18 million pesos net worth.

Full list of the Senators’ Net Worth (2017)

  1. Senator Cynthia Villar        P3,611,260, 766
  2. Senator Manny Pacquiao   P2,946,315,029.93
  3. Senator Ralph Recto           P538,889,914.15
  4. Senator Migz Zubiri            P152,094,252.72
  5. Senator Sonny Angara        P131,765,860
  6. Senator Franklin Drilon     P93,727,005
  7. Senator Grace Poe               P90,674,709.72
  8. Senator Sherwin Gatchalian P88, 226,485.77
  9. Senator JV Ejercito               P78,953,332.58
  10. Senator Richard Gordon    P69,508,942.57
  11. Senator Vicente Sotto III   P64,730,400
  12. Senator Nancy Binay          P60,612,685
  13. Senator Loren Legarda      P51,316,903.13
  14. Senator Bam Aquino          P39,192,743.622
  15. Senator Panfilo Lacson      P36,305,440.90
  16. Senator Gregorio Honasan P25,243,912.89
  17. Senator Joel Villanueva      P23,727,895
  18. Senate Pres. Aquilino Pimentel III P18,110,000
  19. Senator Risa Hontiveros      P16,196,665.71
  20. Senator Francis Pangilinan P13,471,564.17
  21. Senator Francis Escudero    P8,502,082.09
  22. Senator Leila de Lima           P7,944,973.69
  23. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV P6,871,743.64

– Joan Nano / Marje Pelayo

Publication of Duterte’s SALN depends on the Office of the Ombudsman, Palace says

Marje Pelayo   •   October 20, 2020

 MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang insists that the publication of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth or SALN depends on the Office of the Ombudsman.

This was the Palace’s response when asked whether the public will ever get to see the wealth records of the Chief Executive.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque advises the public to follow the regulations imposed by the Ombudsman on public access to SALN of government officials.

“May bago pong guidelines na sinusunod ang Office of the Ombudsman. Siguro po dahil po constitutional body ang Ombudsman, dapat pong sundin ang kanilang mga guidelines [The Office of the Ombudsman is following a set of guidelines. Since the Ombudsman is a constitutional body, their guidelines must be followed),” Roque stressed. 

Unlike in past administrations, the Ombudsman is no longer allowing the public to see copies of the SALNs.

It can only be provided to a requester if he or she is the declarant or the person who filed the SALN or the duly representative of the declarant, a court order is present or the request is made by the Ombudsman’s field investigation units. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Lacson to file resolution seeking vote of confidence on SP Sotto

Maris Federez   •   May 31, 2019

Senator Panfilo Lacson

Senator Panfilo Lacson has drafted a resolution that aimed at assuring that Senate President Vicente Sotto III will keep his leadership in the Upper Chamber of Congress.

He said the idea came from Senator Manny Pacquiao.

“Actually, the idea was originally proposed by Sen Manny Pacquiao. The resolution to be routed is about a vote of confidence in the leadership of SP Sotto,” Lacson said.

He added that this move was prompted by the “insinuations made by Senators-elect Marcos and Tolentino for a leadership change for whatever motives they have — whether it’s posturing to get their desired committee chairmanships or serious attempts to elect a new Senate leader.”

Even Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri had also refused to further comment on the issue that floats the name of Senator Cynthia Villar in the Senate presidency.

“I won’t comment on the push for Senator Villar by the newly elected senators as I’m close to both Villar and Sotto. However, my last conversation with Tita Cynthia was that she was not interested. And, yes, I will sign the Manifesto for SP Sotto,” Zubiri said.

Villar had earlier on signified that she has no interest on the said position.

Read: Senate President Sotto still enjoys support of colleagues in 18th Congress

The minority, on the other hand, said they are not going to meddle on the issue.

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said the selection of the Senate President is in the hands of the majority bloc. (with reports from Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf

Senate President Sotto still enjoys support of colleagues in 18th Congress

Maris Federez   •   May 31, 2019

Senate President Vicente Sotto III

With the opening of Congress on July 22, new faces in the Senate and the House of Representatives will have their mettle tested in the world of politics.

Neophyte senators Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, Christopher “Bong” Go, Imee Marcos and Francis Tolentino, who form part of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago-PDP bloc, are ready to set foot in the Senate.

Amid rumors of division in the Senate on committee chairmanship, Senator Cynthia Villar’s name has been floating to be the bloc’s bet for Senate Presidency.

Majority of the incumbent senators, however, have signified their support to the current leadership of Senate President Vicente Sotto III.

 “I think Sen. Sotto will keep the Senate presidency,” said Senator Richard Gordon.

In a text message, Senator-elect Bong Go, stressed that he doesn’t know of any move that is pushing anyone in the Senate leadership, particularly that of Senator Villar.

Even Senator Villar, herself, said that she is not interested to become the Senate president.

Senate President Sotto, on the other hand, stated that even the mentioned incoming senators have also expressed their support to him.

He admitted that the support of his colleagues in the Senate is very crucial in his leadership.

“The Senate presidency is always at the pleasure of the members of the majority,” he added.

Other names floating to possibly replace Senator Sotto in the Senate leadership are that of Senators Panfilo Lacson and Franklin Drilon. (with reports from Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf


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