3 party-list representatives among House's Top 10 richest in 2016

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(L-R) Representatives Emmeline Aglipay-Villar, Michael Odylon Romero, Virgilio Lacson

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 11) — Three party-list representatives made it to the Top 10 richest solons in the House of Representatives, according to the Congress data released on Friday.

Based on their 2016 Statement of Assets and Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN), among the billionaires in Congress are Michael Odylon Romero from 1-PACMAN and Diwa Representative Emmeline Aglipay-Villar.

Romero's net worth is at P7.01 billion, while Aglipay-Villar is the second richest solon with P1.41 billion. Manila Teachers Representative Virgilio Lacson is the sixth richest congressman with P768.82 million. Party-lists in the Congress represent the marginalized and unrepresented sectors in the society.

There is a pending arrest warrant against 1-PACMAN's Romero in connection with a million-peso qualified theft case. Aglipay-Villar is the spouse of the richest Cabinet secretary in 2016, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, whose net worth is also at P1.41 billion. Their combined net worth was at P689.54 million in 2015.

The third richest solon is Negros Occidental 3rd District Representative Alfredo Abelardo Benitez with P942.96 million.

Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative and former first lady Imelda Marcos is the fourth richest congresswoman with a net worth of P917.80 million.

Feliciano Belmonte Jr. of Quezon City 4th District rounds up the chambers' Top 5 richest with P852.13 million.

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Meanwhile, Kabataan Party-list Representative Sarah Jane Elago has the lowest net worth with P50,000.

In 2015, then Sarangani Rep. and now Senator Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao was the richest congressman with P3.27 billion.