Meet Mindanao’s richest governors, yearend 2011

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 September)  — From P217.53 million net worth in 2010 to P390.61 million in 2011. From a listing of  19 vehicles as of 2010 to 23 in 2011; from P25 M “cash on hand/bank accounts” in 2010 to P40 M  in 2011. From P15.35 M liabilities in 2010 to zero in 2011.

Meet Governor Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu, Mindanao’s richest governor, at least among 12 of 27 governors in Mindanao who submitted their 2011 Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) with the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for Mindanao as of August 31, 2012.

Last year, out of 21 governors who filed their 2010 SALNs with the Ombudsman Mindanao, Mangudadatu was second richest, with a net worth of P217.53 million, a few millions less than Mindanao’s richest governor for a decade – Davao del Norte’s Rodolfo del Rosario.

Del Rosario’s net worth was P255.51 M in 2010 but slid to P211.77 M, making him the second richest as of yearend 2011.

Mangudadatu was the lone governor in the five-province Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) who filed a SALN in 2010, the year the new set of officials was elected.

Dinagat Governor Glenda Ecleo maintained her third rank with a net worth of P166.40 M in 2010 and P166.10 M in 2011.


Mangudadatu, governor of one of the poorest provinces in the country,  listed in his SALN 2011  four new types vehicles in addition to a listing of 19 as of yearend 2010.

The new list includes a Chevrolet Tahoe SUV purchased for P2 M cash in 2011 and three types of vehicles purchased in 2010 but declared only in 2011:  Tractor Case (Case tractor), purchased by installment in 2010 for P2.4 M; two units of Holland tractor purchased by installment in 2010 for P1.6 M and a backhoe purchased in cash for P1.5 M.

Mangudadatu’s list of houses and lots (seven houses – five in Buluan, one in Tacurong and one in Davao City; and two condominium units in Manila),  fish pens, ranches and plantations, and livestock grew from 22  in 2010 to 25 in 2011. One “laboratory building” worth P1.5M in the 2010 SALN was no longer in the 2011 SALN.

Under his 2011 SALN, Mangudadatu’s new entries include 150 heads of Dorper sheep for P4.5 M; eight horses for P200,000;  15 heads of ostrich for P1M, a 1,530-hectare commercial lot in Malalag, Davao del Sur for P1.07M; and an “agriland coconut (1,000 trees)” worth P3 M but whose location and number of hectares were not indicated.

Mangudadatu’s biggest purchase and for which the jump of over a hundred million in his SALN 2011 is  attributed, is a 300 hectare oil palm plantation, in addition to the 2010 listing of 270 hectares. In 2010, his 270-hectare oil palm plantation, purchased by installment in 2006  was valued at P 8.9 million but with the additional 300 hectares listed in 20111, it rose to P120M in 2011.

His ranch of 150 heads of goat  in his hometown in Buluan, Maguindanao, purchased cash in 2005 and valued at P800,000 in his SALN 2010, rose to P5 M in 2011 with additional 500 heads of “Boer, Anglonubian, Saanen, Lamancha” goats.

Mangudadatu’s SALN 2011 indicated zero liabilities compared with P15.35 M in 2010. At that time, he had a personal loan of P15 M; bank loan of  P89,986 and GSIS, Pag-ibig loan of P264,070.

On the space for business interests and financial connections, Mangudadatu’s SALN 2010 indicated “N/A” while his SALN 2011 bore no remarks on the space even as his listing of assets include several businesses.

Aside from ranches, fish pens and plantations, Mangudadatu  listed an ice plant and a Petron gasoline station in Buluan, and a beauty parlor in Tacurong City in neighboring Sultan Kudarat province where he also has a resort.

In his 2010 SALN, Mangudadatu declared a total of P170.29 M in real property;  P62.31 M in personal and other property and P15.35 in liabilities.

In his 2011 SALN, he declared a total of P293.62 M in real property; P96.99 M in personal and other property and zero liabilities.

Mangudadatu’s vehicles, which include a minibus, SUVs, tractors and backhoes, were contained in a one-page listing of “acquired property” in the 2010 SALN  but listed under “personal properties” in the 2011 SALN.

Except for the Wrangler, ¾ truck, mini bus, tractors, backhoes and the Chevrolet Tahoe SUV,  the plate numbers of the rest of the vehicles were included in the listing.

The depreciation cost of the vehicles, however, varies in the 2011 SALN. Examples are four vehicles purchased in 2007 – a Safari, a Toyota Hilux pick-up, a Fuso Forward truck and an Isuzu Forward truck. The Safari was valued at P520,000 in the 2010 SALN and P450,000 in the 2011 SALN. The Toyota Hilux pick-up was valued at P1.3M in the 2010 SALN and P450,000 in the 2011 SALN. The Fuso Forward truck was valued at P500,000 in the 2010 SALN and P275,000 in the 2011 SALN and the Isuzu Forward truck was valued at P400,000 in the 2010 SALN and P350,000 in the 2011 SALN.

In his SALN 2011, Mangudadatu listed three guns purchased in 2010 but declared only in his 2011 SALN: a cal.45 pistol worth P72,000; another worth P56,000 and a “pistol/RGR cal. 45” worth P32,000. The listing included their serial numbers.

Mangudadatu served as mayor of Buluan town for three terms before running for vice mayor in 2007 and governor of Maguindanao in 2010.

Del Rosario

In his 2010 SALN, Davao del Norte Governor del Rosario listed 41 residential, commercial and agricultural property totaling P65.30M — 16 of them in Davao City, 15 in Davao del Norte, the rest in Makati.

In his 2011 SALN, he  listed 44, totaling P70.67M.

In 2010, his investments in stocks reached P72.01M with Delgar Realty Corporation having the biggest chunk at P62.92M, followed by Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation at P4.8M, Century Rural Bank, Inc. at P1.96M.  The rest of the investments in amounts less than a million each are in Tropical Fresh Fruits, Inc.; Tagum Fishponds, Inc.; Coffee Works; Magnaga Aqualand Development, Inc.; Sunblest Agri-Services, Inc.; and Delgar Holdings Corporation.

In 2011, del Rosario listed the same corporations but his toal investments in stocks dropped to P46.19 M with Delgar Realty Corporation still having the biggest chunk at P33.42M, followed by Rizal Banking Corporation at P4.8M.  Investments in Tropical Frsh Fruits, Inc. rose to P3.5M, Century Rural Bank, Inc. remained at P1.96 M while the rest were less than a million each.

In 2010, the Davao del Norte governor listed personal assets worth P12.9M, cash worth P116.84M and liabilities at P11.55M.

In 2011, he listed the same amount for personal assets (jewelry, furniture and fixtures) at P12.9 M, cash worth P94M, and liabilities at P9.36M.

Del Rosario’s 2011 net worth of P211.77M is his lowest compared with P255.51M in 2011, P302.28M in 2009, P408.94M in 2007 and P302.4M in 2003.


In her 2010 SALN, Dinagat Governor Ecleo listed five houses and lots – three in Dinagat Islands province, one in Surigao City and another in Quezon City; one agricultural land in Dinagat; and two commercial lands in Butuan and Surigao cities –for a total of P152.8M.

It was the  same amount and listing in her 2011 SALN.

In 2010, under “personal and other properties,” Ecleo declared P19M, of which P5.5M are investments; another P5M in deposits; P3.5M in jewelry; P5M in furniture and appliances and P300,000 in books.

She declared P6M in liabilities in 2010 and P5M in 2011.

Other Govs

Based on the records of the Ombudsman Mindanao, Camiguin’s Jurdin Jesus Romualdo declared a net worth of P48.48 M in 2011 and P45.30M in 2010; Davao Oriental’s Corazon Malanyaon P41.90M in 2011 and P44.10M in 2010; Lanao del Sur’s Mamintal Adiong Jr. declared a net worth of P32.73M in 2011 but has no record on file of his SALN 2010.

South Cotabato’s Arthur Pingoy declared a net worth of P13.42M in 2011, up from P10.71M in 2010; Zamboanga Sibugay’s Rommel Jalosjo declared a net worth of P11.30M in 2011, up from P11.10M in 2010.

The net worth of Surigao del Sur’s Johnny Pimentel dropped from P25.30M in 2010 to P11.10M in 2011; Davao del Sur’s Douglas Cagas declared a net worth of 7.57M in 2011, up from P5.14M in 2010; Sarangani’s Miguel Rene Dominguez declared a net worth of P6.80M in 2011, up from P5.72M in 2010.

As of August 31, 2012, the Ombudsman Mindanao has no record of the SALN 2011 of Agusan del Sur’s Adolph Edward Plaza, Lanao del Norte’s Mohammad Khalid Dimaporo, Sultan Kudarat’s Suharto Mangudadatu, Zamboanga de Sur’s Antonio Cerilles, Zamboanga del Norte’s Rolando Yebes, Misamis Oriental’s Oscar Moreno, Compostela Valley’s Arturo Uy, Misamis Oriental’s Herminia Ramiro, Surigao del Norte’s Sol Matugas, Bukidnon’s Alex Calingasan, Agusan del Norte’s Erlpe John Amante.

But based on their SALN 2010, Plaza declared a net worth of P87.76M, Dimaporo at P60.06M, Suharto Mangudadatu at P43.44M, Cerilles at P40.98M, Yebes at P35.32M, Moreno at P29.23M, Uy at P19.77M, Ramiro at P11.24M, Matugas at P8.77M, Calingasan at P7.83M, Amante at P5.64M.

The Ombudsman has no file on record of the SALN 2010 and 2011 of  North Cotabato’s Emmylou Talino-Mendoza, Basilan’s Jum Akbar, Tawi-tawi’s Sadikul Sahali and Sulu’s Abdusakur Tan whom Mangudadatu pointed to as “richer” than he is.

Mujiv Hataman, appointed OIC ARMM Governor on December 22, 2011, filed his SALN 2011 with a declared net worth of P4.34M. (Carolyn O. Arguillas/MindaNews)