Palace not surprised Imelda Marcos 2nd richest House member

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Friday, May 30, 2014

MALACANANG is not surprised that former First Lady and now Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos is the second richest member of the House of Representatives, a Palace official said Friday.

However, it does not mean that the Aquino administration has wavered in going after the ill-gotten wealth of the Marcoses, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a regular press briefing.

"'Hindi ba naso-sorpresa?' So, sagot naman ay 'hindi.' Kahit naman siguro sinong Pilipino ang tatanungin mo niyan na kilala 'yung binanggit mong personalidad ay hindi rin naman magpapahayag ng pagkamangha," he said when asked if the Palace was not surprised that for the three consecutive years, Marcos was the second wealthiest member of the House next to boxing icon and Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao.

He said it would be surprising if Marcos would be listed as one of the poorest lawmakers.

There were criticisms that the government could have failed in going after the alleged ill-gotten wealth of the family and heirs of late President Ferdinand Marcos given the fact that the congresswoman is still the second richest in the House.

However, Coloma said the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) has continued to perform its job, which is to go after all the alleged ill-gotten wealth of the Marcoses.

"Yun namang binanggit ninyo na pagsisiyasat tungkol sa ill-gotten wealth, patuloy namang isinasagawa 'yan ng ating PCGG," he said.

"At kung tutunghayan ang record ng PCGG, may maipagmamalaki naman silang mga significant achievements na natamo na sa kabila ng maraming hamon at balakid," he added.

Despite the hurdles, Coloma said the PCGG continues to do its mandate of recovering the illegally acquired assets of the Marcoses.

This week, the House of Representatives released the Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALNs) of its members.

Pacquiao is the lone billionaire in the House, declaring a net worth of P1,345,499,575.

Marcos is the second richest lawmaker at the House with a net worth of P922,800,000. She is followed by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., with P819,749,339.

Marcos' nephew, Leyte Representative Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, made it to the top 10 with a declared net worth of P475,002,017.59. (SDR/Sunnex)

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