World champion and Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao had more titles (eight) than the number of times he is present for a plenary session in the House of Representatives (four).
Based on the attendance record of 290 lawmakers in 34 session days released by the Office of the Secretary General on Tuesday, Pacquiao again topped the list of lawmakers with most absences with 30, followed by Negros Occidental Rep. Julio Ledesma 4th who had 27 absences.
Iloilo Rep. Hernan Biron is alone at third place with 23 absences.
Actress Lucy Torres Gomez, who is a Leyte Representative, shared fourth place with Tawi-Tawi Rep. Ruby Sahali. They both incurred 19 absences.
Four lawmakers—Raymond Mendoza of TUCP party-list, Ronald Singson of Ilocos Sur, Mercedes Alvarez of Negros Occidental and Sitti Hataman of Abante Mindanao party-list—all registered 18 absences to rank fourth.
Negros Occidental Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer is in a three-way tie with Davao del Sur Rep. Franklin Bautista and Davao Oriental Rep. Nelson Dayanghirang at the fifth spot with each of them accumulating 17 absences.
There’s a two-way tie for sixth place. Surigao del Norte Rep. Guillermo Romarate, Jr. and Palawan Rep. Douglas Hagedorn both had 16 absences.
Caloocan City Rep. Recom Echiverri and Surigao del Norte Rep. Francisco Matugas are tied at seventh place with 15 absences each.
Cornering eighth place with 14 absences are Camarines Norte Rep. Rolando Andaya who is a former Secretary of the Department of Budget and Management, Dinagat Island Rep. Arlene Bag-ao and Manila Rep. Zenaida Angping.
Not far behind are Maguindanao and Cotabato City Rep. Bai Sandra Sema, Quezon Rep. Mark Enverga, Cavite Rep. Luis Ferrer, Basilan Rep. Jim Hataman and Abra Rep. Jocelyn Bernos in tenth place with 13 absences each.