By Macon Araneta

Sen. Cynthia Villar remains the richest member of the Philippine Senate with a further spike in her wealth in 2019 while detained Sen. Leila de Lima is the poorest.

Based on the senators’ latest statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALN) released through  the Senate’s official website, Villar posted a net worth of over PHP3,814,091,438 billion as of December 2019. 

This is over PHP94 million higher than her net worth of PHP3,719,941,858 in 2018, when she was also declared the richest senator.

The senator and her husband, former Senate President Manny Villar are owners of the Philippines’ biggest homebuilder Vista Land, and shopping center developer Starmalls Incorporated. 

The second richest senator in 2019 is world boxing champion turned Sen. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao. He declared a net worth of PHP3,172,524,957.50.  In 2018, Pacquiao’s wealth was pegged at PHP3,005,808,000.

Villar and Pacquiao are the only billionaires in the Senate in the 18th Congress. 

Lima, an oppositionist, who has been detained at PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame for more than three years over illegal drug charges,  is the poorest senator in 2019 with a net worth of PHP8,323,470.91. This is higher by over HPP617,000 than her 2018 wealth of PHP7,706,392.45. 

The second poorest member of the Upper Chamber is another member of the opposition — Sen. Hontiveros with a declared net worth PHP16,050,112.

Next to Villar and Pacquiao with their declared net worth are: 

Senate President Ralph Recto — PHP567,438,429, Senate Majority Leader Migz Zubiri — PHP203,667,746, Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla — PHP176,363,262,  Sen. Sonny Angara — PHP142,212,659,  Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon — PHP102,259,501,  Sen. Grace Poe — PHP97,631,508 , Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian — PHP95,404,344,  Sen. Pia Cayetano — PHP82,774,150, Senate President Vicente  Sotto II — PHP77,772,861, Sen. Richard Gordon — PHP71,207,733, Sen. Lito Lapid — PHP70,948,600,  Sen. Francis Tolentino — PHP61,172,000, Sen. Nancy Binay — PHP60,318,928,  Sen. Panfilo Lacson — PHP48,959,138, Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III — PHP 36,308,400, Sen. Imee  Marcos –PHP34,020,467, Sen. Ronald Dela Rosa – -PHP33,025,241,  Sen. Joel Villanueva — PHP30,249,305, Sen. Francis Pangilinan — PHP19,975,821 and Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go — PHP18,391,012.