Beltran dies still poorest congressman; Villar richest
MANILA, Philippines — Anakpawis (Toiling Masses) Representative Crispin Beltran died Tuesday still the poorest member of the House of Representatives, with a net worth of P50,000.
In the legislators’ statements of assets and liabilities as of December 2007, Beltran declared total assets of P110,000, with liabilities of P60,000.
Las Piñas Representative Cynthia Villar, wife of Senate President Manuel Villar, is still the wealthiest of the 238 members of the House, with P1,041,383,946 in assets and no liabilities.
Following her, but way behind, were Representatives Ferdinand Romualdez of Leyte, with P477,205,745; Julio Ledesma IV of Negros Occidental, with P406,205,413; Judy Syjuco of Iloilo, with P256,405,344; and Edgar San Luis of Laguna, with P200,656,449.
Round off the 10 richest House members are Representatives Ferjenel Biron of Iloilo, with P190,900,000; Rodolfo Valencia of Oriental Mindoro, with P150,490,958; Aurelio Gonzales of Pampanga, with P147,700,000; Ignacio Arroyo of Negros Occidental, with P145,813,451; and Paul Daza of Northern Samar, with P137,900,000.
The second and third poorest House members are Bayan Muna (People First) Representatives Teodoro Casiño, with P307,900; and Satur Ocampo, with P618,147. Both leftist solons listed no liabilities.
Next are Representatives Mujiv Hataman of AnakMindanao, with P1,480,000; and Benjamin Asilo of Manila, with P1,550,000.
President Gloria Macpagal-Arroyo’s congressmen sons, Juan Miguel of Pampanga and Diosdado of Camarines Sur, were 20th and 29th richest, with P96,747,933 and P83,774,716, respectively.
House Speaker Prospero Nograles is 36th richest with P67,479,100, while his predecessor, Pangasinan Representative Jose de Venecia Jr. is 37th with P67,479,100.
Ilocos Norte Representative Ferdinand Marcos Jr, son of the late dictator, is the 13th richest with P124,150,000.
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