Calida is the 2nd highest paid government official


MANILA, Philippines – Solicitor General Jose Calida is the second highest-paid government official, earning 16.95 million pesos in 2019, according to a report on salaries and allowances from the Audit Commission (COA).

The government’s top lawyer is up four notches from 2018, when he was ranked sixth in earnings.

According to the report, Calida received a salary of 2.91 million pesos last year and monetary benefits, including honoraria, reaching 11.91 million pesos. fund last year.

With these gains, Calida is still the highest paid Solicitor General in the history of the country.

Alter ego

A year-over-year comparison shows his biggest increase in income was in cash benefits, from which he received 8.07 million pesos in 2018.

Calida has long enjoyed the confidence of President Duterte and is widely seen as his alter ego in the administration’s legal battles against his critics. He filed the quo warranto petition against Maria Lourdes Sereno which led to his ouster as chief justice. He used the same legal tactic against the besieged ABS-CBN network.

The Solicitor General is among the top 10 highest paid employees, the others being officials of the United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB) and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

Former UCPB president Higinio Macadaeg Jr. topped the list, earning 20.47 million pesos.

In third place, BSP governor Benjamin Diokno, who received 15.45 million pesos.

Other high earners include UCPB Executive Vice President Eulogio Catabran III (15.09 million pesos), BSP Deputy Governor Maria Almasara Tuaño-Amador (14.60 million pesos), Deputy Governor of BSP Chuchi Fonacier (14.59 million pesos), Senior Deputy Governor of BSP Dahlia Luna (12.24 million pesos), Deputy Governor Ma. Ramona Santiago (12.17 million pesos), Executive Vice President of UCPB, Edmond Bernardo (11.58 million pesos) and Senior Deputy Governor of BSP, Elmore Capule (11.42 million pesos).

Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta and Senior Associate Judge Estela Perlas-Bernabe placed 13th and 16th highest-paid respectively.

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