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Villar, Pacquiao among 2017 richest senators

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, May 17th, 2018


(L-R) Senators Manny Pacquiao; Cynthia Villar

PASAY CITY, Philippines – For four consecutive years, Senator Cynthia Villar has remained the richest among the senators based on their respective Statement of Assets Liabilities and Networth (SALN) for 2017.

Villar’s net worth marked at P3.6 billion in 2017 followed by neophyte Senator Manny Pacquiao with P2.9 billion.

On the other hand, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV ranked the least wealthy among the senators with P6.8 million pesos net worth. Also among the poorest was detained Senator Leila De Lima with only P7.9 million pesos.

Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III ranked 6th among the poorest senators with P18 million pesos net worth.

Full list of the Senators’ Net Worth (2017)

  1. Senator Cynthia Villar        P3,611,260, 766
  2. Senator Manny Pacquiao   P2,946,315,029.93
  3. Senator Ralph Recto           P538,889,914.15
  4. Senator Migz Zubiri            P152,094,252.72
  5. Senator Sonny Angara        P131,765,860
  6. Senator Franklin Drilon     P93,727,005
  7. Senator Grace Poe               P90,674,709.72
  8. Senator Sherwin Gatchalian P88, 226,485.77
  9. Senator JV Ejercito               P78,953,332.58
  10. Senator Richard Gordon    P69,508,942.57
  11. Senator Vicente Sotto III   P64,730,400
  12. Senator Nancy Binay          P60,612,685
  13. Senator Loren Legarda      P51,316,903.13
  14. Senator Bam Aquino          P39,192,743.622
  15. Senator Panfilo Lacson      P36,305,440.90
  16. Senator Gregorio Honasan P25,243,912.89
  17. Senator Joel Villanueva      P23,727,895
  18. Senate Pres. Aquilino Pimentel III P18,110,000
  19. Senator Risa Hontiveros      P16,196,665.71
  20. Senator Francis Pangilinan P13,471,564.17
  21. Senator Francis Escudero    P8,502,082.09
  22. Senator Leila de Lima           P7,944,973.69
  23. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV P6,871,743.64

– Joan Nano / Marje Pelayo

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Senate pushes for the creation of the rice competitiveness enhancement fund

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, January 26th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Based on the study of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies or PDIS, there are four reasons why Filipino farmers and fishermen are not competitive as compared to those in other countries.

These include their lack of skills and knowledge in technology, mechanization, financial literacy and having no ability to access credit.

“If you have no capital, you’ll really have to borrow money from investors,” farmer Ramil Ventenilia said.

“Until now, we still have no irrigation. We are just depending on rainfall. If we will not pump the machine, we will have no water,” farmer Perdro Distor said.

To help farmers address such problems, the Senate is pushing for the creation of the rice competitiveness enhancement fund.

The money for the fund will come from tariffs the government collects from imported rice.

It will then be allocated to the Phil Mech, Phil Rice, Philippine Insurance and government-run banks like the Landbank of the Philippines and the DBP so it could directly be accessed by farmers.

“Towards the long run, our farmers will become competitive. When they become competitive, they can produce rice like what is being done in Vietnam. When they become competitive, it will also help end smuggling and cartels,” Senator Cynthia Villar said.

The world is facing the possibility of a food shortage by 2050 as the population continues to grow.

This is why Philippine officials believe the creation of a fund for individuals in the agriculture sector could help improve the rice production of Filipino farmers.

The Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food continues to visit provinces to check on the condition of farmers and fishermen. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

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There is no fish shortage — DA Sec. Manny Piñol

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

FILE PHOTO: A fish vendor in Dalahican Fish Port in Infanta, Quezon Province. (Rogz Necessito / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — “I don’t know what shortage they are talking about. There is an abundance of tamban (sardine) in Zamboanga del Norte.”

This is the statement of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol regarding the alleged fish shortage in the country.

According to him, what seems to be the problem is the lack of storage facilities to store the abundance of fish being caught.

The Department of Agriculture has also imposed a fishing ban in certain areas to give time for fish to reproduce, which the Secretary said, they are strictly implementing.

“Yung buong fishing vessels kapag nahuli sila hundred thousand na kaagad yun,” Usec. Eduardo Gongona said.

Meanwhile, Senator Cynthia Villar said aquaculture or fish farming is a key to seafood sufficiency in the country.

“Since our oceans will not be able to keep up with the rising demand for fish, we need to do fish farming or aquaculture kaya po pinagbubuti natin ang pag-encourage ng ( that is why we are encouraging) aquaculture sa ating bansa (in the country),” Villar said.

The senator also stressed that irresponsible waste disposal, particularly of plastic into the ocean, is one of the main reasons for the death of some marine species and depletion of the supply of aquatic resources. – Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue

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Dating Deputy Ombudsman, hinatulang makulong ng Sandiganbayan

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

FILE PHOTO: Sandiganbayan Facade (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines – Sinentensyahan ng Sandiganbayan ng apat na buwan at isang araw na pagkakakulong si dating deputy Ombudsman Margarito Gervacio Jr. dahil sa kasong perjury.

Kaugnay ito ng hindi pagdedeklara ni Gervacio sa kanyang Statement of Assets Liabilities and Networth (SALN) noong 2003 ng kanyang ari-arian sa Davao, na nagkakahalaga ng mahigit apat na milyong piso.

Paglabag ito sa Republic Act 6713 o Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

Nanilbihan si Gervacio bilang deputy Ombudsman mula 1999 hanggang 2006. (UNTV News)

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