ER EJERCITO OUT AS LAGUNA GOVERNOR; Vice-Governor Ramil Hernandez was sworn as governor of Laguna province

Laguna Vice-Governor Ramil Hernandez was sworn in on Tuesday as governor of Laguna province replacing ER Ejercito, a nephew of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada. Hernandez took his oath at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) main office in Intramuros, Manila. Poll commissioner Elias Yusoph administered the oath. This comes after the Comelec ordered Ejercito to vacate his post after he was found guilty of election overspending during the 2013 midterm polls. Ejercito has rejected the order and petitioned the Supreme Court to stop Comelec from implementing his ouster. Supporters of the ousted governor have also barricaded the provincial capitol after the deadline for the governor to secure a restraining order from the Supreme Court passed. In a press briefing, Hernandez said it is up to the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Philippine National Police to implement the Comelec order. He said that while there has been no threat of violence, he confirmed there are "some friends who are trying to resolve the situation in a diplomatic manner." "I hope there is a quiet transition and turnover in our province. If something bad happens, it is Laguna that will be affected," he said. Edgar San Luis of the Liberal Party first filed the petition for disqualification against Ejercito, stating that Ejercito was allowed to spend only P4.5 million or P3 for each of the 1,525,522 voters in Laguna. READ MORE...

ALSO: Erap convinces ER Ejercito to step down

Ousted Laguna Governor ER Ejercito on Friday left the provincial capitol after his uncle, former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, urged him to heed the disqualification order of the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Standing beside Ejercito in a televised speech in Laguna, Estrada asked his nephew to just wait for the Supreme Court's decision on his appeal on the Comelec order disqualifying him for campaign overspending in the 2013 elections. "Pero ngayon kailangang bumaba na siya kasama ko, alang-alang sa kapayapaan at katahimikan ng ating lalawigan. Iyon po ang aking pakiusap," Estrada said before an audience of his nephew's supporters. Television reports following Estrada's speech said Ejercito has left the Laguna Capitol. Last week, the Comelec en banc upheld the decision issued by its First Division in September 2013 disqualifying Ejercito Voting 7-0, the poll body said Ejercito, who had a limit of P4.5 million for his campaign expenses, spent P23.5 million. Claiming that majority of politicians commit election overspending, Estrada criticized the Comelec's "swift" decision, saying his nephew was singled out. "Walang bababa sa sisenta porsyento ang nag-overspending... na mga kandidato sa ating bansa. Mula sa baba at doon sa kataas-taasan, lahat yan nag-overspending," the Manila mayor said. "Nagtataka lang ako dito sa ating Comelec na bakit bukod tanging pinili ang ating gobernador ng lalawigan ng Laguna," he added. "Sa dinami-dami ng mga nag-overspending, bakit siya ang pinili na pababain?" Recounting his return to politics after being ousted as San Juan mayor and president, Estrada told Ejercito that he, too, will make a come back in 2016 if ever the high court gives an unfavorable decision on his appeal. "Magbabalik ka uli bilang Gobernador ER," Estrada said.THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: ER leaves Laguna capitol temporarily

Sta. Cruz, Laguna – Disqualified Laguna Governor Emilio Ramon “ER” Ejercito met yesterday with his uncle, former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, then announced he was leaving temporarily his post “for the sake of peace” in his province. Estrada, who arrived by helicopter at the capitol grounds at past 9 a.m., met with Ejercito for some 20 minutes at the latter’s office and was understood to have succeeded in persuading his nephew to leave the capitol for the peace and order of Laguna, known as “the resort capital of the Philippines.” PRESIDENTIAL PERSUASION – Former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada speaks at the capitol lobby in Santa Cruz before hundreds of supporters of his nephew, unseated Laguna Governor Emilio Ramon Ejercito, who agreed to leave temporarily his post ‘for the sake of peace’ in his province and will just await the Supreme Court ruling on his petition. “Governor, makinig ka naman sa akin. Ako’y naninikluhod na nakikiusap sa iyo. Ikaw ay sumama na sa akin. Bumaba na tayo. Bumaba ka na alang-alang sa katahimikan at kapayapaan ng lalawigan na mahal na mahal mo rin,” Estrada said. “Sumama ka na. Mag-antay na tayo ng desisyon at kung sakali mang hindi maganda ang desisyon, ibabalik ka ng taumbayan,” Estrada assured his nephew. The Manila mayor said he was saddened by the quick manner the Commission on Elections (Comelec) disqualified Ejercito who the government’s election watchdog said was being disqualified because of overspending during his campaign in the May 2013 elections. READ MORE...

ALSO:Disqualify Erap? SC to take up petitions

The Supreme Court has decided to take up the disqualification case of deposed President Joseph Estrada as mayor of Manila. In a resolution, the SC “resolved to give due course to the petition and petition-in-intervention” filed by his rival in the May 2013 mayoralty race, former Mayor Alfredo Lim, and lawyer Alicia Risos-Vidal. “Due course means that it will result in a decision on the merits, not on an outright dismissal. It means the court will not dismiss the petition outright. That’s all it means,” said SC Public Information Office chief Theodore Te. The SC resolution also directed the parties to submit their respective memoranda within 30 days from receipt of notice. “No new issues may be raised by a party in the memorandum, and the issue raised in the pleadings but not included in the memorandum shall be deemed waived or abandoned. Being a summation of the parties’ previous pleadings, the court may consider the memorandum alone in deciding or resolving this case,” said the resolution. Vidal filed the petition in April last year seeking to reverse a Commission on Elections decision that declared Estrada qualified to run for mayor of the City of Manila in the May 13, 2013 elections. Lim filed his petition-in-intervention. Petitioners said President Estrada’s conviction for plunder and being sentenced to life imprisonment in 2007 and rendered him disqualified to run for public office. READ MORE...

ALSO: Erap richest MM mayor; Junjun Binay among poorest

Former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada is the richest local chief executive of Metro Manila, based on his 2013 statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) that he recently submitted to the Office of the Ombudsman. Estrada declared he is worth P242.834 million, a big chunk of which included more than P151.442 million in cash or its equivalent. Estrada said he has real properties worth P95.533 million, including an orchard and residences in Pagsanjan, Laguna and Iba, Zambales and his P91.033-million house in Sampaloc, Manila. He also declared other personal properties like investments worth P31.596 million, vehicles valued at P10 million, appliances, furniture and antiques worth P8.203 million; and firearms, gadgets and other personal effects valued at P2.857 million. Estrada listed P59.5 million in liabilities in the nature of a bank loan from Asian United Bank. Pasig City Mayor Maria Belen Eusebio, based on her SALN obtained by The STAR from the Office of the Ombudsman, is the second richest local chief executive of Metro Manila. She declared a total net worth of P150.014 million. READ MORE...

ALSO: Del Rosario richest Cabinet member; Luistro, Dinky poorest

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario remains the richest member of President Aquino's Cabinet, based on his Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN). According to his SALN for 2013, Del Rosario has a total net worth of P765,379,281 in 2013, topping the list of wealthiest secretaries in the administration. His wealth grew by P65 million from 2012. A successful businessman, Del Rosario has been known to give away part of his salary received from the government to his staff. At the bottom of the list is Education Secretary Armin Luistro with only P433,392, down from his P550,651 net worth the year before. Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, a former advertising executive, is the second wealthiest, followed by Finance Secretary Alan Purisima. Social Welfare Secretary Corazon "Dinky" Soliman is the second poorest Cabinet member by the end of 2013. READ MORE...

ALSO:Pacquiao richest; 30 solons with over P100M wealth

A world boxing icon, a former first lady and the incumbent leader of the chamber are among the richest members of the House of Representatives. According to the summary report of House members' Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth for 2013, Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao is still the wealthiest congressman with a net worth of P1.3 billion. The world welterweight champion, who has been accused of allegedly failing to pay the correct income taxes, is the sole billionaire in the lower chamber. The second richest House member is former first lady and Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos, who has a wealth of P992.8 million. Next is House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., the former mayor of Quezon City, who has a net worth of P819.749 million. The three lawmakers are among the 30 House members who have more than P100 million in net worth. Also among them are prominent lawmakers including former president and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and actresses Luci Torres-Gomez and Lani Mercado-Revilla. Gomez and Revilla are district representatives of Leyte and Cavite, respectively. VIEW COMPLETE LIST AND THE POOREST SOLONS...


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PHOTO: Ramil Hernandez and family after his oathtaking as the new Laguna Governor @DZMMTeleRadyo 4:18 AM - 27 May 2014

MANILA, JUNE 2, 2014 (ABS-CBN) Laguna Vice-Governor Ramil Hernandez was sworn in on Tuesday as governor of Laguna province replacing ER Ejercito, a nephew of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.

Hernandez took his oath at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) main office in Intramuros, Manila. Poll commissioner Elias Yusoph administered the oath.

This comes after the Comelec ordered Ejercito to vacate his post after he was found guilty of election overspending during the 2013 midterm polls.

Ejercito has rejected the order and petitioned the Supreme Court to stop Comelec from implementing his ouster.

Supporters of the ousted governor have also barricaded the provincial capitol after the deadline for the governor to secure a restraining order from the Supreme Court passed.

In a press briefing, Hernandez said it is up to the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Philippine National Police to implement the Comelec order.

He said that while there has been no threat of violence, he confirmed there are "some friends who are trying to resolve the situation in a diplomatic manner."

"I hope there is a quiet transition and turnover in our province. If something bad happens, it is Laguna that will be affected," he said.

Edgar San Luis of the Liberal Party first filed the petition for disqualification against Ejercito, stating that Ejercito was allowed to spend only P4.5 million or P3 for each of the 1,525,522 voters in Laguna.

Hernandez pointed out that he and San Luis were not running-mates in the last election. Hernandez is a member of the Nacionalista Party.

The Comelec en banc later affirmed the decision of the First Division ousting Ejercito for campaign overspending.

Comelec records showed Ejercito spent P23.5 million during the campaign, way beyond his authorized campaign limit of P4.5 million or P3 each for 1,525,522 voters.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said the evidence against Ejercito are all documented.

"In fact, an advertisement contract with ABS-CBN (television network) was worth P6 million and that already exceeded his limit," he said.

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Erap convinces ER Ejercito to step down By Louis Bacani (philstar.com) | Updated May 30, 2014 - 11:51am 32 1391 googleplus0 0


Composite images of unseated Laguna Governor ER Ejercito and his uncle, former President and incumbent Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada. STAR file photos

MANILA, Philippines — Ousted Laguna Governor ER Ejercito on Friday left the provincial capitol after his uncle, former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, urged him to heed the disqualification order of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Standing beside Ejercito in a televised speech in Laguna, Estrada asked his nephew to just wait for the Supreme Court's decision on his appeal on the Comelec order disqualifying him for campaign overspending in the 2013 elections.

"Pero ngayon kailangang bumaba na siya kasama ko, alang-alang sa kapayapaan at katahimikan ng ating lalawigan. Iyon po ang aking pakiusap," Estrada said before an audience of his nephew's supporters.

Television reports following Estrada's speech said Ejercito has left the Laguna Capitol.

Last week, the Comelec en banc upheld the decision issued by its First Division in September 2013 disqualifying Ejercito

Voting 7-0, the poll body said Ejercito, who had a limit of P4.5 million for his campaign expenses, spent P23.5 million.

Claiming that majority of politicians commit election overspending, Estrada criticized the Comelec's "swift" decision, saying his nephew was singled out.

"Walang bababa sa sisenta porsyento ang nag-overspending... na mga kandidato sa ating bansa. Mula sa baba at doon sa kataas-taasan, lahat yan nag-overspending," the Manila mayor said.

"Nagtataka lang ako dito sa ating Comelec na bakit bukod tanging pinili ang ating gobernador ng lalawigan ng Laguna," he added. "Sa dinami-dami ng mga nag-overspending, bakit siya ang pinili na pababain?"

Recounting his return to politics after being ousted as San Juan mayor and president, Estrada told Ejercito that he, too, will make a come back in 2016 if ever the high court gives an unfavorable decision on his appeal.

"Magbabalik ka uli bilang Gobernador ER," Estrada said.

FROM THE MANILA BULLETIN

ER leaves Laguna capitol temporarily by Ferdinand F. Castro May 30, 2014

Sta. Cruz, Laguna – Disqualified Laguna Governor Emilio Ramon “ER” Ejercito met yesterday with his uncle, former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, then announced he was leaving temporarily his post “for the sake of peace” in his province.

Estrada, who arrived by helicopter at the capitol grounds at past 9 a.m., met with Ejercito for some 20 minutes at the latter’s office and was understood to have succeeded in persuading his nephew to leave the capitol for the peace and order of Laguna, known as “the resort capital of the Philippines.”


PRESIDENTIAL PERSUASION – Former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada speaks at the capitol lobby in Santa Cruz before hundreds of supporters of his nephew, unseated Laguna Governor Emilio Ramon Ejercito, who agreed to leave temporarily his post ‘for the sake of peace’ in his province and will just await the Supreme Court ruling on his petition. (Ferdinand Castro)

Emerging from their closed-door meeting, the two addressed Ejercito’s supporters and members of media who gathered at the capitol foyer, where Estrada appealed to Ejercito.

“Governor, makinig ka naman sa akin. Ako’y naninikluhod na nakikiusap sa iyo. Ikaw ay sumama na sa akin. Bumaba na tayo. Bumaba ka na alang-alang sa katahimikan at kapayapaan ng lalawigan na mahal na mahal mo rin,” Estrada said.

“Sumama ka na. Mag-antay na tayo ng desisyon at kung sakali mang hindi maganda ang desisyon, ibabalik ka ng taumbayan,” Estrada assured his nephew.

The Manila mayor said he was saddened by the quick manner the Commission on Elections (Comelec) disqualified Ejercito who the government’s election watchdog said was being disqualified because of overspending during his campaign in the May 2013 elections.

The Comelec en banc voted 7-0 to oust Ejercito for overspending following a complaint for election violation filed by his rival Liberal Party bet former fourth district congressman Egay San Luis.

Estrada was able to persuade Ejercito to step down temporarily while awaiting the decision of the Supreme Court on his petition, expected to be handed down on June 17.

In his experience as a public servant, he said around 60 percent of the politicians running for a seat in the different rungs overspent during the campaign period.

The 77-year-old Estrada said he also stepped down as the country’s 13th President in 2001 for what he called the sake of the people’s safety.

Estrada explained that during his term as mayor of then San Juan town and President of the Republic of the Philippines that he stepped down for the sake of the people’s safety.

Meanwhile, acting Laguna Governor Ramil Hernandez visited the Laguna Police Provincial Office (PPO) in his third day of office.

Senior Supt. Romulo Sapitula, Laguna PPO director, presented the various accomplishments of his policemen including the arrest of the three businessmen for possession of illegal firearms and ammunition in the fourth district of Laguna the other day.

Sapitula said from May 1 to May 30, 124 drug pushers and users were arrested; 21 persons were nabbed for loose firearms; and around P140,000 worth of illegal drugs had also been seized.

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Disqualify Erap? SC to take up petitions By Rey E. Requejo | May. 20, 2014 at 12:01am


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The Supreme Court has decided to take up the disqualification case of deposed President Joseph Estrada as mayor of Manila.

In a resolution, the SC “resolved to give due course to the petition and petition-in-intervention” filed by his rival in the May 2013 mayoralty race, former Mayor Alfredo Lim, and lawyer Alicia Risos-Vidal.

“Due course means that it will result in a decision on the merits, not on an outright dismissal. It means the court will not dismiss the petition outright. That’s all it means,” said SC Public Information Office chief Theodore Te.

The SC resolution also directed the parties to submit their respective memoranda within 30 days from receipt of notice.

“No new issues may be raised by a party in the memorandum, and the issue raised in the pleadings but not included in the memorandum shall be deemed waived or abandoned. Being a summation of the parties’ previous pleadings, the court may consider the memorandum alone in deciding or resolving this case,” said the resolution.

Vidal filed the petition in April last year seeking to reverse a Commission on Elections decision that declared Estrada qualified to run for mayor of the City of Manila in the May 13, 2013 elections. Lim filed his petition-in-intervention.

Petitioners said President Estrada’s conviction for plunder and being sentenced to life imprisonment in 2007 and rendered him disqualified to run for public office.

They insisted that the executive pardon granted to him by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo did not restore his right to seek or hold public office.

Estrada submitted his comment to the petitions in June last year.

In his answer, Estrada said the pardon granted him was absolute and not hinged on the condition that he would no longer seek elective office as supposedly stated in the whereas clause of the clemency--contrary to petitioners’ claim.

He said the pardon “effectively obliterated all the penalties attached to the conviction and restored Estrada to his full and civil political rights.”

Estrada said petitioner Lim did not stand to sustain any direct injury, or be denied a right or privilege he is entitled to, with Estrada sitting as Mayor of Manila.

Under under Sec 44 of the Local Government Code, when the winning candidate for mayor is disqualified, the vice mayor – in his case, Isko Moreno - succeeds to the vacated position, and not the candidate who got the second most number of votes for the position in question.

Estrada won over Lim with 343,993 votes in the last polls; Lim got 308,544 votes. Vidal’s petition remains pending before the high tribunal.

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Erap richest MM mayor; Binay among poorest By Michael Punongbayan (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 27, 2014 - 12:00am 340 1156 googleplus0 0


MANILA MAYOR ESTRADA AND MAKATI MAYOR BINAY

MANILA, Philippines - Former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada is the richest local chief executive of Metro Manila, based on his 2013 statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) that he recently submitted to the Office of the Ombudsman.

Estrada declared he is worth P242.834 million, a big chunk of which included more than P151.442 million in cash or its equivalent.

Estrada said he has real properties worth P95.533 million, including an orchard and residences in Pagsanjan, Laguna and Iba, Zambales and his P91.033-million house in Sampaloc, Manila.

He also declared other personal properties like investments worth P31.596 million, vehicles valued at P10 million, appliances, furniture and antiques worth P8.203 million; and firearms, gadgets and other personal effects valued at P2.857 million.

Estrada listed P59.5 million in liabilities in the nature of a bank loan from Asian United Bank.

Pasig City Mayor Maria Belen Eusebio, based on her SALN obtained by The STAR from the Office of the Ombudsman, is the second richest local chief executive of Metro Manila. She declared a total net worth of P150.014 million.

Eusebio said she owns real properties worth P53.487 million and other personal properties valued at P94.527 million, including investments of P51.507 million.

Eusebio’s husband Roberto, the former mayor of Pasig whom she replaced, was the richest mayor in Metro Manila last year before Estrada became Manila mayor after beating Alredo Lim, who had a net worth of P24.150 million when he lost his mayoral bid in May 2013.

All the 12 other Metro Manila mayors whose SALNs were made accessible to media are also millionaires, with Navotas’ John Reynald Tiangco being third richest with assets of P149.498 million and Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos in fourth place with a net worth of P142.119 million.

In fifth is Las Piñas Mayor Vergel Aguilar who has a net worth of P71.745 million, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista is sixth with P51.115 million, and in seventh place is Malabon Mayor Antolin Oreta III with P48.640 million.

San Juan Mayor Guia Gomez is eighth richest local chief executive with P39.074 million, Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez in ninth place with P26.730 million.

Pateros Mayor Jaime Medina is in 10th with P19.897 million and Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. is 11th with P19.575 million.

Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan is in 12th place with a net worth of P12.385 million that includes two real properties located in Caloocan and Quezon City valued at P8.4 million and other personal properties worth P10.485 million, including P4.2 million in cash and a Land Cruiser worth P4.035 million.

The second poorest among the Metro Manila mayors is Pasay City’s Antonino Calixto who declared a net worth of only P7.401 million, which includes P1.741 million in real properties in Tagaytay, Cavite, Las Piñas and Pasay.

The poorest chief executive in the metropolis is Marikina City Mayor Del de Guzman who declared a net worth of P3.310 million. De Guzman was also the poorest mayor last year.

Only the SALNs of three Metro Manila mayors were not available for unspecific reasons and they include Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, Muntinlupa City Mayor Jaime Fresnedi and Taguig City Mayor Maria Laarni Cayetano.

Last year, The STAR reported that Eusebio, Tiangco and Abalos were the richest local chief executives of Metro Manila based on their 2012 SALNs.

Del Rosario richest Cabinet member; Luistro, Dinky poorest By Camille Diola (philstar.com) | Updated May 28, 2014 - 3:48pm 23 658 googleplus0 0


Albert del Rosario, chief of the Department of Foreign Affairs. AP file

MANILA, Philippines — Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario remains the richest member of President Aquino's Cabinet, based on his Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN).

According to his SALN for 2013, Del Rosario has a total net worth of P765,379,281 in 2013, topping the list of wealthiest secretaries in the administration. His wealth grew by P65 million from 2012.

A successful businessman, Del Rosario has been known to give away part of his salary received from the government to his staff.

At the bottom of the list is Education Secretary Armin Luistro with only P433,392, down from his P550,651 net worth the year before.

Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, a former advertising executive, is the second wealthiest, followed by Finance Secretary Alan Purisima.

Social Welfare Secretary Corazon "Dinky" Soliman is the second poorest Cabinet member by the end of 2013.

Like Del Rosario, some of the richest Cabinet chiefs such as Almendras and Purisima started their careers in business.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario - P765,379,281.02
Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez - P282,466,800.00
Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima - P278,947,249
Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas III - P211,027,479.88
Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo - P150,641,395
Chief Legal Counsel Benjamin Caguioa - P120,378,000
Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras - P119,841,097.67
Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla - P117,095,110
Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya - P112,080,897.55
Health Secretary Enrique Ona - P93,692,345.56
Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala - P90,772,754.10
Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson - P83,844,373.25
Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo - P59,968,806.39
TESDA director general Joel Villanueva - P49,772,955
CHED chairperson Patricia Licuanan - P45,477,803
MMDA chairperson Francis Tolentino - P40,722,000
Budget Secretary Florencio Abad - P32,772,279.13
Environment Secretary Ramon Paje - P30,000,000.35
Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin - P24,639,939
Presidential Management Staff chief Julia Abad - P22,360,000
Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma - P16,390,000
NEDA chief Arsenio Balisacan - P21,615,100
Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa - P18,149,756.34
National Security Adviser Cesar Garcia, Jr. - P16,400,000
Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio delos Reyes - P14,589,967
Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda - P12,409,443.57
Presidential Legislative Liaison Office chief Manuel Mamba - P10,857,217.20
National Commission on Muslim Filipinos Secretary Mehol Sadain - P10,422,270.12
Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Ronald Llamas - P5,693,378
Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles - P4,712,506.86
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima - P4,586,742.20
Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz - P4,345,406
Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman - P3,680,000
Education Secretary Armin Luistro - P433,392.17

Pacquiao richest; 30 solons with over P100M wealth By Louis Bacani (philstar.com) | Updated May 28, 2014 - 1:23pm 2 1156 googleplus0 1


Composite images of six prominent lawmakers who are among the richest members of the House of Representatives. STAR file photos

MANILA, Philippines — A world boxing icon, a former first lady and the incumbent leader of the chamber are among the richest members of the House of Representatives.

According to the summary report of House members' Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth for 2013, Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao is still the wealthiest congressman with a net worth of P1.3 billion.

The world welterweight champion, who has been accused of allegedly failing to pay the correct income taxes, is the sole billionaire in the lower chamber.

The second richest House member is former first lady and Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos, who has a wealth of P992.8 million.

Next is House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., the former mayor of Quezon City, who has a net worth of P819.749 million.

The three lawmakers are among the 30 House members who have more than P100 million in net worth.

Also among them are prominent lawmakers including former president and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and actresses Luci Torres-Gomez and Lani Mercado-Revilla.

Gomez and Revilla are district representatives of Leyte and Cavite, respectively.

The 30 richest House members:

Poorest solons

The poorest House member, meanwhile, is Anakpawis Rep. Fernando Hicap, who has a net worth of P37,722.

Among the five poorest lawmakers are:
Abakada Rep. Jonathan dela Cruz (P550,000),
Dinagat Islands Rep. Arlene Bag-ao (P598,013),
Kalinga Rep. Abigail Ferriol-Pascual (P636,980) and
Kabataan Rep. Terry Ridon (P900,000).


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