• Pacquiao had more boxing titles than days present in plenary session

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    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.

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    1. I agree with what Mr. Felix said about a consistently absent politician being better than a corrupt one, but if that’s the case, is Manny Pacquiao really doing Sarangani any justice? He was elected a representative for a reason, the word “representative” already obviously implies that reason – “to represent”. If he ran for said position, then he should be doing his job. He should be laying out plans for Sarangani (according to the needs of its residents) and attending these sessions to better address their problems and to put forward their proposed solutions.

      And what does the “karangalan” he bring to this country have to do with anything here? He is a boxer and a politician, but those are two completely separate ideas. He is a boxer by profession and a politician out of mere choice. Yes, he brings honor through fighting boxing matches but that shouldn’t justify his incompetence as a politician. He is responsible for these people. If he’s just going to be absent to these sessions and at the same time not be doing his job to serve the people of Sarangani, then it would be better for him to stand down from his position and have someone else better represent Sarangani. It would help Sarangani and help Pacquiao to focus more on what he really does best – “box”. It doesn’t take a politician to help out the needy and oppressed, I’m sure Mr. Pacquiao can still be of service to Sarangani.

      My god, these comments are painful to see. A lot of people comment but do not really know what they’re saying. They comment based on prejudice and limited information. If anyone is reading this, be a responsible commenter. Research, discuss, and most importantly, listen, before giving out any conclusions or generalizations. Be smart and be informed. The media, hearsay, and gossip are merely the tip of the iceberg. It is your responsibility to know the truth or uncover it. And please, if someone is right and you know you’re wrong, don’t reduce yourself to a mere…

      • I’m not sure if it was posted on my earlier comment but here it goes:

        And please, if someone is right and you know you’re wrong, don’t reduce yourself to a mere…

        …child by insulting them.

        That’s all. Thank you. :) Let’s break the stereotype of Filipinos being brash and stupid, especially in heated discussions and from just being insulted. Napaka-shallow na comment lang tungkol sa’tin, iinit na agad ang ulo at maghihimagsik. Pointless ang ganoong paraan, paraang bata ang ganoon kung ako’y inyong tatanungin. Let’s take comments about us like these into consideration and reflect on ourselves, if there is some truth in them. Let’s be smart individuals and citizens. Huwag tatanga-tanga, pigilan kung maaari. :)

        Mabuhay ang mga tunay, palaban, at makabayang Pilipino na marunong magmalasakit at mabuhay ang Republika ng Pilipinas!

    2. felix servidad on

      Perfect nga ang attendance kung magnanakaw naman wala rin, si Pacquiao ang daming karangalan, ang hinakot para sa ating bansa at
      madalas sariling pera ang ginagamit sa kawang
      gawa hindi magnanakaw bakit hinahatak pa rin
      pababa Huwag naman maging masaya na lang tayo at meron isang Pacquiao na hakot ng maraming
      Karangalan para sa ating bansa iwasan na natin
      ang mainggit magsikap na lang ang gustong sumikat. Salamat po!