MANILA, Philippines - Boxing superstar and lawmaker Manny Pacquiao remained the richest congressman in the 2nd regular session of Congress, while Anak Pawis Rep. Rafael Mariano also remained as the poorest congressman.
Based on a summary released by the House of Representatives, Pacquiao's net worth grew by about 200 million, from P1.13 billion in 2010 to P1.35 billion in 2011.
Mariano's net worth decreased from P75,711 in 2010 to P46,946 in 2011.
The multimillionaires in the chamber remained among the wealthiest in 2011, with a number of them increasing their net worth by hundreds of millions.
Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos, the second-richest, nearly breached the P1 billion mark with P932.8 million in net worth.
House Speaker Sonny Belmonte shot up to 3rd wealthiest from 7th richest last year, as his net worth leapt from P283.2 million in 2010 to P726.2 million in 2011.
Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo Benitez came in 4th place with P686.1 million. He had P624.8 million in 2010.
Following him are Negros Occidental Rep. Julio Ledesma IV with P555 million, Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez with P474.1 million, and Iloilo Rep. Augusto Syjuco with P302 million.
Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, now Pampanga representative, has P131.6 million net worth, lower than her P140.2 million net worth in 2010.
2011 SALNs Congress