Finance Secretary Cesar Purisma is now the richest Cabinet member of the Aquino administration, while Education Secretary Armin Luistro is still the least wealthy, as shown by Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) provided by Malacanang.
Purisima declared a net worth of P301,328,806 in 2015, up from P298.94 million in 2014 with zero liability.
Purisima was the second richest Cabinet official last year, next to then Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario who resigned in March.
Luistro reported a net worth of P586,107.11, a bit higher than his 2014 net worth of P471,064.46. He listed no real property and no liability.
The second wealthiest Cabinet member is Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez with a net worth of P289,066,800, up from P283.43 million in 2014.
He is followed by Health Secretary Janette Garin with P141, 571, 768.95.
Completing the list of this year’s 10 richest Cabinet members are Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala who reported assets of P92.99 million; Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson, P88.52 million; Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo, P63.14 million; Commission on Filipino Overseas head Imelda Nicholas, P44.68 million; Commission on Higher Education chairman Patricia Licuanan, P40.44 million; Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, P34.81; and Interior Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento, P33.69 million.
Environment Secretary Ramon Paje listed a net worth of P33.28 million; National Anti-Poverty Commission Secretary Jose Rocamora, P27.44 million; Presidential Management Staff head Julia Abad, P26.31 million; Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, P25.14 million; Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr., P18.53 million; National Security Council Secretary Cesar Garcia Jr., P17.99 million; Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., P16.39 million; Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio delos Reyes, P13.44 million; presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda, P12.99 million.
National Commission on Muslim Filipinos Secretary Yasmin Lao declared a net worth of
P12.81; Energy Secretary Zenaida Monsada, P10.77 million; Metro Manila Development Authority officer-in-charge Emerson Carlos, P10.07 million; presidential political adviser Secretary Ronald Llamas, P7.95 million; Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Teresita Deles, P6.16 million; Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman, P4.7 million; and Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, P2.27 million.
Copies of the SALN of Transportation Secretary Jose Emilio Abaya, Foreign Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, acting Justice Secretary Emmanuel Caparas, Trade Secretary Adrian Cristobal Jr. and acting National Economic and Development Authority Director General Emmanuel Esguerra were not released.