'Richest senator' Cynthia Villar an early bird at Monday's COC filing

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 15 2018 09:53 AM

Cynthia Villar arrives at the Comelec filing office. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA -- Billionaire Senator Cynthia Villar filed on Monday her certificate of candidacy for a second term.

The wife of former Senate President Manuel Villar is the chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food and most recently quizzed government officials on rice policy and food security.

The lawmaker, whose family has interests in property and shopping malls, declared a net worth of P3.6 billion in 2017, making her the country's richest senator, ahead of boxing champion Manny Pacquiao.

She authored and helped pass laws such as: Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act of 2016, the Youth Entrepreneurship Act, the Farm Tourism Development Act of 2016, and the Philippine Halal Export Development and Promotion Act of 2016.

Prior to becoming senator, Villar served 3 terms as representative of Las Piñas at the House of Representatives.

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She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of the Philippines and completed her Masters’ Degree in Business Administration at New York University.

A Sept. 1 to 7 Pulse Asia poll saw Villar as among the second top contenders for the 2019 senatorial race, behind fellow reelectionist Senator Grace Poe.

The Villars have 3 children, including Public Works Secretary Mark Villar.