The Richest and ‘Poorest’ Senators of the Philippines in 2019
Based on the latest statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALNs) released by the Senate of the Philippines, Senator Cynthia Villar continues to hold on to the top spot of wealthiest senators in the Philippines.
According to her latest declared SALN, as of June 30, 2019, Villar’s net worth is currently at P3.5 billion, making her the richest Philippine senator, after the second richest senator, Manny Pacquiao, whose declared net worth is posted at P3 billion.
For seven years running, Villar has been the richest senator since she assumed office in 2013. Villar’s husband and former senator Manuel Villar is currently the richest man in the Philippines, according to Forbes.
Pacquiao has followed close behind as the second richest senator since 2016, when he was elected into office. The two are the only billionaires currently serving as senators. Villar's wealth stems from her family's billion-dollar property and housing businesses, while Pacquiao amassed his wealth largely from his career as a professional boxer.
After Villar and Pacquiao, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, and Senator Ramon Revilla Jr. close the top five richest senators, with P555 million, P183 million, and P164 million in net worth, respectively.
Meanwhile, the “poorest” senators based on their declared SALNs are Senators Leila de Lima, Christopher “Bong” Go, and Risa Hontiveros. De Lima’s declared net worth is posted at P7.7 million, the lowest of all sitting senators; Go’s net worth is declared to be P15.5 million; while Hontiveros’ net worth is P15.6 million.
According to Joint Resolution No. 1 of the Constitution, members of the Senate receive a monthly salary of P35,000, while the Senate President receives a monthly salary of P40,000.
The updated SALNs, most of which are dated June or July of this year, come from the 12 newly elected and
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Despite being among the senators with the lowest net worth, Go spent the most during the 2019 General Elections, according to the Statements of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCEs) released by the Commission on Elections last June.
After Go, Tolentino