Our latest report inquires into how the top five candidates for president have managed to grow their wealth after every election year, despite the fortunes that they should have lost to bankrolling their campaign for high office.

This report summarizes the data enrolled in the statements of assets and liabilities and net worth (SALNs) that five candidates for president – Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III, Jose Marcelo Ejercito (Joseph Estrada), Richard Juico Gordon, Gilberto Cojuangco Teodoro Jr., and Manuel Bamba Villar Jr – had filed over the years since they first served in public office.

This report seeks as well to discern how fully committed these candidates are to upholding a firm obligation of good governance on those who will serve as President: the law on the filing of SALNs.

This is the first in a series of stories that the PCIJ will produce using our Elections 2010 Database on the wealth and campaign spending patterns of the candidates for national office.

These stories are part of our commitments to the Pera at Pulitika 2010 Network of independent media, legal, academic and civil society groups that will monitor, assess and report on campaign-finance issues in the May 2010 elections. It is our hope that our combined efforts could help inform proposals to institute reforms in campaign finance and other election laws in time.

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