• Del Rosario richest among Aquino’s men

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    Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario is the richest among President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s men while Education Secretary Armin Luistro is the least wealthy, as shown by statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) provided by Malacanang.

    Del Rosario declared a net worth of P705,481,105.13 in his 2012 SALN which up from his 2011 net worth of P657,834,755. He listed zero liability.

    Luistro, a La Sallian brother, declared a net worth of P550,651.14, which is lower than his 2011 net worth of P739,006.14.Just like in his previous SALN, he listed no real property and no liability.

    The next wealthiest Cabinet members are Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima with a net worth of P270,712,090.46, followed by Tourism Secretary Ramon Ji­menez with P249,986,800.

    Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II declared a net worth of P203,357,102.25; Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo, P150,771,640; Transportation and Communication Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, P124,457,000; Office of the Presidential legal Counsel Alfredo Benjamin Caguiao, P120,275,000 (2012); Office of the Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, P115, 400,538.96; Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla, P111,295,110;
    The rest of the Cabinet secretaries with and respective net worth are as follows: Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson, P83,850,725; Health Secretary Enrique Ona, P80,231,607.64; Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo, P63,854,242;
    Commission on Higher Education chief Patricia Licuanan, P49,264,173 and $84,168; Agriculture Secretary Proceso Al­cala,P93,975,676.90; Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, P38,329,509.15;

    Environment Secretary Ramon Paje, P30.88 million; National Economic and Development Authority chair Arsenio Balisacan, P25,769,600 (2012); National Anti-Poverty Commission head Joel Rocamora, P22,379,295; Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, P23,870,657; Technical Education & Skills Dev. Authority Emmanuel Joel Villanueva at P22,472,955; Metropolitan Manila Development Authority head Francis Tolentino, P43,773,691.02;

    Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr., P17,561,088.62; Presidential Management Staff head Julia Abad, P20,370,000; National Security Adviser Cesar Garcia, P16,100,000;
    Presidential Communications Operations Office head Herminio Coloma at P15,840,000; Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio delos Reyes, P14,060,967; Mindanao Development Authority head Luwalhati Antonino at P14,595,000;

    Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda at P13,768,024.62; National Commission on on Muslim Filipinos Mehol Sadain, P11,524,840; Presidential Legislative Liaison Office head Manuel Mamba at P10,869,500; Communications Development head Ramon Carandang at P7,551,000; Presidential peace adviser Teresita Deles, P7,092,974;

    Presidential political adviser Ronald Llamas at P5,467,800; Justice Secretary Leila de Lima at P4,239,050 Social Welfare chief Corazon Soliman at P3,240,000 and Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz at P2,982,449.57.

    Among all Aquino’s men, To­lentino grew significantly richer in 2012 with over P20 million more than his P22,540,381.52 net worth in 2011.

    Tolentino’s SALN lists three different properties in Tagaytay City and one in Muntinlupa City. The increase of P21,233,309.5 or 94 percent was the highest jump among Aquino’s Cabinet officials last year.

    Catherine S. Valente

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