Calida among highest paid government officials

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 28 2018 02:03 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida. File photo

MANILA - Solicitor General Jose Calida is the fourth highest-paid official in the Duterte administration, based on the 2017 Report on Salaries and Allowances (ROSA) of the Commission on Audit.

According to the report, Calida earned P10.917 million, which mostly came from allowances he received from his client government corporations as Solicitor General.

The COA earlier flagged Calida's excess honoraria and allowances amounting to P7.46 million, in addition to his P1.827-million salary for 2017.

In May, Calida had to clarify he was no longer involved in his wife's security firm Vigilant Investigative and Security Agency Inc. (VISAI), which had won multimillion-peso contracts with various government agencies. 

The Department of Justice has said its contract with VISAI was aboveboard. 

COA's latest ROSA includes more than 8,000 officials from national government agencies, government-owned and controlled corporations, and other government offices who hold the ranks of secretary, undersecretary, assistant secretary or their equivalent, but excludes elected officials such as the President, Vice President, senators and congressmen.

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Nestor Espenilla topped the 2017 list with a total compensation worth P14.92 million.

Espenilla was the second highest paid in 2016 next to his predecessor Amando Tetangco Jr., who also topped the 2015 list. 

After Espenilla is BSP Deputy Governor for Monetary and Economics Sector Diwa Guinigundo with P13.502 million and Development Bank of the Philippines President and Chief Executive Officer Cecilia Borromeo who got a total pay of P12.462 million.

Following Calida on the fifth spot is BSP Deputy Governor for Resource Management Sector Maria Almasara Cyd Tuaño-Amador with P10.157 million, Supreme Court Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr. with P9.589 million, BSP Assistant Governor for International Monetary Affairs and Surveillance Sub-Sector Wilhelmina Mañalac with P9.277 million, Assistant Governor for Financial Market Operations Sub-Sector Ma. Ramona Gertrudes Santiago with P9.239 million, and Monetary Board Members Felipe Medalla with P8.869 million and Juan de Zuñiga Jr. with P8.868 million.

Meanwhile, next to Calida among the highest-paid cabinet members in 2017 were the following: 

  • Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato dela Peña with P3.292 million 
  • Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi with P3.209 million
  • Former Commission on Higher Education Secretary Patricia Licuanan with P3.158 million
  • Former Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II with P3.059 million
  • Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III with P2.976 million
  • Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez with P2.915 million
  • Public Works Secretary Mark Villar with P2.869 million
  • Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol with P2.851 million 
  • Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea with P2.834 million

Also included in the 2017 ROSA were other officials who have either resigned, were relieved by the President or were not confirmed by the Commission on Appointments:

  • Former Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo with P2.828 million
  • Former Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial with P2.752 million 
  • Former Information and Communications Technology Secretary Rodolfo Salalima with P2.16 million 
  • Former Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor Chairman Terry Ridon with P2.118 million 
  • Former Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano with P1.968 million 
  • Former Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo with P1.859 million and 
  • Former Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno with P604,277