7 House members richer by more than 100% in a span of one year
Updated: 2:45 p.m. / June 14, 2019
MANILA, Philippines — In just one year, seven House members have more than doubled their wealth with a party-list lawmaker topping the list and declaring P254.3 million net worth, representing a surge of 406.3 percent.
Outgoing Agri Rep. Delphine Lee, whose party-list failed to win a seat in the 18th Congress, became P204 million richer by end 2018 based on the summary of Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALNs) posted on the chamber’s website (http://www.congress.gov.ph/download/#saln). The representative of the agriculture and farmer’s advocate group declared a net worth of P50.2 million by December 2017.
Pampanga 1st District Rep. Carmelo Lazatin II posted the second-highest increase in wealth from P9.2 million in 2017 to P31.1 million in 2018, or a 236.7 percent hike.
Quezon City 2nd District Rep. Winston Castelo came in third as his wealth in 2018 jumped by 175.7 percent from P7.7 million in 2017 to P21.3 million last year.
Aasenso Rep. Teodoro Montoro was a close fourth with 170.7 percent increase in wealth from P2.2 million in 2017 to P5.9 million in 2018. Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) Rep. Raymond Mendoza followed Montoro with a declared net worth of P19.5 million in 2018, a 126.6 percent spike from his P8.6 million net worth in 2017.
Completing the seven lawmakers whose net worth more than doubled from 2017 to 2018 are Mata (Ang Mata ay Alagaan) Rep. Tricia Velasco-Catera and Batangas 2nd District Rep. Raneo Abu.
Here are the top 15 House members who reported the largest net worth increase from December 2017 to December 2018:
But in terms of actual assets, 1-Pacman Rep. Michael Romero, the richest of all 291 House members of the 17th Congress, has recorded the largest wealth accumulation of P567 million in a span of one year – from P7.291 billion net worth in 2017 to P7.858 billion last year. Lee followed him.
This writer has sought Lee for comment on the matter but has yet to receive her response, as of posting of this report.
On the other hand, Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco’s net worth posted the largest drop at 39.18 percent from P35.73 million in 2017 to 21.73 million in 2018. Velasco is among those aspiring to become Speaker in the 18th Congress. (Editor: Katherine G. Adraneda)
Editor’s Note: The attached table in this article was updated to reflect the correct figures, thus, show correct ranking of concerned House members. On June 12, 2019, the House Records Management Service of the House Administrative Management Bureau uploaded a summary report of House members’ SALNs in the official House website, which was the basis of this news article. But the House Records Management Service of the House Administrative Management Bureau on June 14, 2019 e-mailed a letter to the writer to give the correct 2018 net worth of ALONA Party-list Rep. Anna Maria Villaraza-Suarez and Pasay Rep. Imelda Rubiano. It said it took down its initially uploaded information after discovering that it contains the erroneous 2018 net worth of Suarez and Rubiano, and even noted it has prematurely posted that data in the House website.
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