File photo shows Sen. Christopher "Bong" Go.
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Bong Go second poorest among senators
Gaea Katreena Cabico (Philstar.com) - October 16, 2019 - 11:58am

MANILA, Philippines — Neophyte Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go, one of the biggest spenders in the 2019 midterm elections senatorial race, is among the poorest senators in the 18th Congress.

An updated summary of the senators’ Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth showed that Go, the chief executive’s former aide, is the second poorest of the 24 lawmakers in the upper chamber and the poorest of the four neophyte senators.

Go reported a total net worth of P15.5 million as of June 2019. He was the second top spender in the senatorial race of the 2019 midterm elections, spending over P161 million on his campaign.

The amount was sourced from campaign contributions amounting to P162,035,537.34 and P415,500 from his own money.

READ: P2.4-B pre-campaign ads: Bong Go, Marcos, Roxas, Roque top spenders

At the bottom of the list is detained Sen. Leila de Lima, who posted a net worth of P7.71 million. De Lima has been detained since 2017 over drug charges.

First-timers

Sen. Francis Tolentino posted the highest net worth among first-time senators. Duterte’s former political adviser declared a net worth of 62.48 million as of June 30.

Sen. Imee Marcos—whose family is linked to ill-gotten wealth and massive corruption during her late father’s two-decade rule—reported a net worth of P29.97 million. Former top cop Ronald Dela Rosa, meanwhile, has P28.26 million net worth.

Villar remains richest

Sen. Cynthia Villar, whose family owns homebuilder Vista Land and shopping-center developers Starmalls Incorporated, is still the richest in the 24-member chamber. She declared a net worth of P3.53 billion with no liabilities as of June 30.

Villar’s wealth, however, is lower by over P185 million compared to last year’s P3.72 billion.

Her husband, tycoon Manuel Villar, is the country’s richest man with a net worth of $6.6billion.

Joining Villar in the billionaires’ club is Sen. Manny Pacquiao with a net worth of P3.01 billion.

The third richest in the upper house is Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto with P555.32 million. He was followed by Sen. Juan Miguez Zubiro with 182.85 million.

Declaring a net worth of P164.20 million, Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla placed fifth.

Revilla is one of the lawmakers—along with former colleagues Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada—accused of misusing P517 million of their Priority Development Assistance Fund and funneling it to bogus non-government organizations. The Sandiganbayan acquitted Revilla from the government’s plunder charge in December 2018.

Below is a list of senators ranked by their net worth:

  1. Cynthia Villar – P3,534,412.00 as of June 30, 2019
  2. Manny Pacquiao - P3,005,808,000.00 as of December 31, 2018
  3. Ralph Recto - P555,324,479.82 as of December 31, 2018
  4. Juan Miguel Zubiri - P182,851,570.34 as of December 31, 2018
  5. Bong Revilla - P 164,203,379.38 as of June 30, 2019
  6. Sonny Angara - P 139,026,597.00 as of June 30, 2019
  7. Franklin Drilon - P 97,726,758.00 as of December 31, 2018
  8. Sherwin Gatchalian - P96,210,607.14 as of December 31, 2018
  9. Grace Poe - P95,693,450.37 as of June 30, 2019
  10. Pia Cayetano - P82,308,227.36 as of June 30, 2019
  11. Richard Gordon - P71,285,178.56 as of December 31, 2018
  12. Tito Sotto - P70,120,700.30 as of December 31, 2018
  13. Lito Lapid - P 69,910,000.00 as of June 30, 2019
  14. Francis Tolentino – P 62,482,000.00 as of June 30, 2019
  15. Nancy Binay - P59,911,019.00 as of June 30, 2019
  16. Panfilo Lacson - P 42,442,341.00 as of December 30, 2018
  17. Imee Marcos - P 29,970,467.00 as of June 30, 2019
  18. Koko Pimentel - P 29,934,635.00 as of June 30, 2019
  19. Ronald Dela Rosa - P 28,258,908.00 as of June 30, 2019
  20. Joel Villanueva - P 26,921,555.00 as of December 31, 2018
  21. Francis Pangilinan - P 16,695,048.17 as of December 31, 2018
  22. Risa Hontiveros - P 15,627,176.04 as of December 31, 2018
  23. Bong Go - P15,508,370.82 as of June 30, 2019
  24. Leila De Lima - P 7,706,392.45 as of December 31, 2018

 

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