Freedom of information is important when talking about the financial data of our beloved politicians. Many continuously push the law of legalizing FOI Bill, but the bill is still in its idling state, its importance ignored by our lawmakers.
But fortunately, some indicators like the SAL-N (Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth) are still present to examine the amount of money our politicians have. Being the richest politician doesn’t necessarily equate him/her as a corrupt official, but it’s a good tool to see the movement of their wealth. But who’s the richest of them all? Checking this list would surprise you to discover the richest politicians in the country.
Jinggoy Estrada – Php 195 Million
Jose Estrada or widely known as Jinggoy Estrada, is the son of the current Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada. Like his father, Jinggoy is also an action star during his day. On the side of sophistication, he earned an A.B. Economics degree from the University of the Philippines Manila.
Jinggoy has already a long journey of being a public servant. But do you know what happened in 2013. Php 585 million? Pork Barrel Scam? Jinggoy is behind bars for that reason, along with his friend Bong Revilla. #bffgoals
Manuel ‘’Mar” Roxas II – Php 211 million
Everybody knows Mar Roxas. From his controversial statements during typhoon Yolanda, up to his recent presidential candidacy, who would ignore such important figure in the history of our messy politics?
Roxas is well known for his position as the Department of Interior and Local Government secretary under PNoy’s rule, and for his fierce competition with DU30 to reach the presidency – where every issue and baho of each side is exposed. But Mar fought the good fight.
Cesar Purisima – Php 279 million
Purisima is PNoy’s Department of Finance’s secretary, but a unique one. Purisima has proven his great leadership when he received several awards from both local and foreign agencies. Finance Minister of the Year (2012), The Banker, Bayani, those awards were just some proofs of his excellence. Oha!
But actually, Purisima’s expertise is a product of his early career as a Public Accountant and also a manager of huge companies. Purisima is indeed one of PNoy’s perfect choices.
Ramon Jimenez Jr. – Php 282 million
We often see the advertisements in both Internet and public, It’s More Fun in the Philippines. And the man behind that witty ad is none other than Ramon Jimenez Jr. Like Cesar Purisima, Jimenez had his experience in his own career as a notable advertising executive.
“As easy to sell as Chickenjoy”, that’s how Jimenez promised to transform the Philippines into an alluring destination for all people around the world. A graduate from UP Diliman, Jimenez owns the country’s largest creative advertising agent – the JimenezBasic Advertising.