The early resignation of former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario has made Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima the richest member of the Cabinet of President Benigno Aquino III.
Based on the 2015 Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALNs) submitted by Cabinet officials and released to the media on Wednesday, June 22, Purisima listed his net worth at P301,328,806, more than two million higher than the previous year with P298.94 million.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro remains to be the poorest with P586,107.11, a little higher than his 2014 net worth of P471,064.46.
Except Luistro, all remaining Cabinet secretaries of Aquino are multimillionaires.
Cabinet officials who have yet to release their SALNs to the media were Foreign Affairs Secretary Rene Almendras, Transportation and Communications Secretary Jose Emilio Abaya, Trade Secretary Adrian Cristobal, Justice Secretary Emmanuel Caparas and National Economic and Development Authority Director General Emmanuel Esguerra.
Almendras and Abaya were among the richest men in the Cabinet in 2014 with P134.25 million and P108.12 million, respectively.
Almendras held the position of Cabinet Secretary before replacing Del Rosario, who resigned from post in February this year due to health concerns.
Below is the list of net worth of the members of Aquino’s Cabinet:
|Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima||301,328,806.00|
|Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez||289,066,800.00|
|Health Secretary Janette Garin||141,571,768.95|
|Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala||92,985,163.41|
|Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson||88,521,628.40|
|Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo||63,138,153.24|
|Commission on Filipinos Overseas Chair Imelda Nicolas||44,675,258.87|
|CHED Chair Patricia Licuanan||40,443,888.31|
|Budget Secretary Florencio Abad||34,808,911.39|
|Interior and Local Government Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento||33,629,420.60|
|Environment Secretary Ramon Paje||33,280,000.00|
|National Anti-Poverty Commission Chief Joel Rocamora||27,442,756.69|
|Presidential Management Staff Chief Julia Abad||26,310,000.00|
|Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin||25,143,378.00|
|Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa||18,532,886.23|
|National Security Commission Director General Cesar Garcia Jr.||17,990,000.00|
|Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr.||16,390,000.00|
|Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio Delos Reyes||13,441,440.79|
|Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda||12,997,905.42|
|National Commission on Muslim Filipinos Head Yasmin Lao||12,812,224.00|
|Energy Secretary Zenaida Monsada||10,772,247.67|
|MMDA OIC Chairperson Emerson Carlos||10,075,000.00|
|Political Adviser Ronald Llamas||7,391,682.19|
|Peace Process Secretary Teresita Ging Deles||6,156,574.22|
|Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman||4,709,000.00|
|Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz||2,269,992.26|
|Education Secretary Armin Luistro||586,107.11|