Kapampangan lawmakers all multi-millionaires

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Thursday, May 29, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- What do Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Juan Pablo "Rimpy" Bondoc, Joseller "Yeng" Guiao, Agapito Guanlao and Oscar Rodriguez have in common?

All of them are Kapampangans representing the four districts of Pampanga and a party list in the House of Representatives. Moreover, all are members of the House's multi-millionaires club.

Based on the summary report of the Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN) for 2013 of members of the House in the 16th Congress, Arroyo is the richest Pampanga representative with a networth of P136.7 million. She ranks among the 20 richest lawmakers in the House of Representatives. In her SALN, Arroyo reported real properties worth P75.4 million, P211.3 million in personal properties or total assets of P286.7 million against liabilities worth P150 million.

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Bondoc, who comes a distant second to Arroyo, has a networth of P53.4 million. He listed properties valued at P53.2 million and personal properties worth P40.7 million for total assets of P93.9 million against liabilities of P40.5 million.

Guiao comes third in the group with a total networth of P39.6 million, real properties valued at P27 million and personal properties pegged at P22.6 million for total assets of P49.6 million versus liabilities placed at P10 million.

Guanlao is fourth with P15.3 million networth, total assets of P19.5 million against liabilities set at P4.2 million.

Rodriguez is the poorest among Kapampangan lawmakers with a networth of only P6.5 million from real properties valued at P4.2 million and personal properties worth P3.1 million against liabilities of P1 million.

Of the five, however, Arroyo is facing plunder and other charges while Rodriguez's name appears in the controversial list of lawmakers, government officials and private individuals allegedly involved in the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) scam.

Two of the plunder charges against Arroyo have recently been dropped by the Court, while Rodriguez’s name was not on the Benhur Luy files. Rodriguez, who appears as “Oca Rodriguez” (which he said he did not use on official documents and functions) in the “Napolist”, consistently denied misusing public funds. (NCS/JTD)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on May 30, 2014.

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