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By Francis Allan L. Angelo

ILOILO Governor Niel D. Tupas Sr. is worth more than P33 million despite not having any source of income other than his salary as a public official.

Based on his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) as of December 31, 2008, Tupas’ net worth (total assets less liabilities) is P33,325,093.61.

In 2006, Tupas’ net worth was P25,662,771.01. His 2007 SALN is not available.

The governor declared ownership of six residential lots and houses in the city and province of Iloilo and Metro Manila:

– residential house in Barotac Viejo (P750,000);

– residential lot in Las Palmas, Jaro, Iloilo city (P3 million);

– residential lot and rest house in Purdue, Quezon, Metro Manila (P10 million);

– residential lot in Quezon City (P5 million);

– residential house and lot in Iloilo City (P6.5 million); and

– residential house in Brgy. Juanico, Banate, Iloilo (P822,000).

Tupas did not state when he acquired the Iloilo City house and lot and his Brgy. Juanico residential house.

Tupas also declared ownership of agricultural and beach properties – agricultural land in Barotac Viejo, Iloilo (P830,000); beach lot in Barotac Viejo (P2 million) and another agricultural lot in Barotac Viejo (P500,000).

In sum, Gov. Tupas’ real properties totaled P29.402 million.

His other assets include furniture and fixture (P1.311 million), jewelries (P1.49 million), three vehicles (Nissan pick-up, Mitsubishi Galant and Toyota Hi-ace with a total worth of P1.917 million), cash on hand (P600,000), growing crops (P439,713.61) and improvements (P300,000).

Tupas’ total other assets, less the accumulated depreciation, is P3,923,093.61.

Interestingly, Tupas’ declared liabilities was only P350,000.

The governor did not disclose nor declare any business interest and financial connection in his SALN.

Tupas had said that his salary as governor is P34,939 a month aside from his representation and travel allowance amounting to some P10,000 monthly.

The governor said he acquired the properties when he was still practicing law and from his inheritance.

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

A TOTAL of 24 persons were killed and almost P130-million worth of properties was damaged in 745 fire incidents in Western Visayas since January, this year.

Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) regional office records show that Negros Occidental had the most number of fires with 372, Iloilo 286, Guimaras 29, Aklan 23, Capiz 19 and Antique 16.

The biggest single fire to hit the region was in Bacolod City last November 2 which killed 17 persons, mostly children.

Defective electrical wiring is the most common cause of fires in the region, the BFP said.

Yesterday, two fires occurred in Iloilo City. The first incident happened around 3am when a blaze razed a barber shop and beauty salon in Yulo Street in the City Proper district. A faulty electrical wire is believed to be the cause of the fire which started in the ceiling of the barber shop, initial BFP reports said. Around 9am also yesterday, a fire also blamed to a faulty electrical wiring burned a house on 7th Street, Lawaan Village, at Brgy. Balantang, Jaro district. Damage was placed at P100,000

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