Duterte is not the only one in the government with an unexplainable accumulation of wealth. In 2018, the net worth of 15 of his cabinet officials increased based on their Statement on Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth or SALN. Similarly, seven congressmen—mostly allies of the incumbent regime—grew richer after only a year.
In the cabinet, Mark Villar, secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways, is still the richest with a net worth of P1.408 billion. Alfonso Cusi, secretary of the Department of Energy, recorded the highest increase in wealth. His net worth grew by P29 million from P1.356 billion in 2017 to P1.385 billion in 2018.
In the Lower House, businesswoman Delphine Lee of the Agri Party-list recorded the highest increase in wealth. Her net worth increased by 400% from P50 million to P254 million in 2018. But in terms of actual assets, bourgeois comprador Michael Romero of the 1-Pacman party-list has recorded the highest increase—from P7.291 billion net worth in 2017 to P7.858 billion in 2018. These bureaucrats used the party-list system to sit in Congress and monopolize fat public contracts.