• Pacquiao, Ledesma top list of House absentees

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    RE-ELECTED Sarangani Representative Emmanuel Pacquiao and third-termer Rep. Jules Ledesma of Negros Occidental shared the top spot in the list of lawmakers who were frequently absent during sessions at the House of Representatives.

    The two lawmakers had 60 absences out of 168 session days, edging out another controversial lawmaker, Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo of Ang Galing Pinoy party-list, who landed on second place with 56 absences.

    The 15th Congress spanned from July 26, 2010 to June 6, 2013.

    Despite their truancy, Pacquiao and Ledesma were re-elected in the last elections.

    Pacquiao, the only boxer in the world to win eight titles in as many weight classes, incurred most of his absences due to training for his previous fights, the last of which was last December when he lost via a humiliating knockout to Juan Manuel Marquez.

    House Rules provide that members will also be deemed present when they attend committee meetings authorized by the Committee on Rules, meetings of the Commission on Appointments, meetings of the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal, meetings of bicameral conference committees and if they are on official mission as approved by the House Speaker.

    Ledesma, husband of former starlet Assunta De Rossi, had for years been the top absentee in Congress. He claimed that he spent most of his days personally attending to the needs of his constituents in his home province.

    Ledesma’s constituents did not mind his absences as he was re-elected for his third and last term as a House member last May 13.

    Meanwhile, the eldest son of former President and now Rep. Gloria Arroyo of Pampanga province posted the second highest number of absences because of the controversies he was involved with, one of which was his supposed “misrepresentation” of lowly-paid security guards.

    Interestingly, the young Arroyo only exceeded the absences of his detained mother by one day.

    Mrs. Arroyo has been under hospital arrest for almost a year now for alleged plunder.

    Rounding up the top 10 absentee lawmakers are Reps. Carmelo Lazatin of Pampanga with 53 absences, followed by Evita Arago of Laguna (52 absences), Augusto “Boboy” Syjuco of Iloilo (51 absences) Pastor Alcover of Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy party-list (50 absences), Muhammed Hussein Pangandaman of Lanao del Sur (49 absences), and Catalina Bagasina of Association of Laborers and Employees party-list (49 absences).

    Perfect attendance
    Unlike his brother and mother, Rep. Diosdado Ignacio “Dato” Arroyo of Camarines Sur was among those who posted a perfect attendance.

    Arroyo and 18 other lawmakers were present in the 168 session days based on the Attendance Record of House members.

    Dato also won a fresh mandate as Camarines Sur representative last May polls.

    The others who never missed a plenary session were Representatives Giorgidi Aggabao of Isabela, Emmeline Aglipay of Democratic Independent Workers’ Association party-list, Assistant Majority Leader Jorge Banal of Quezon City, Leopoldo Bataoil of Pangasinan, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. of Quezon City, Winston Castelo of Quezon City, Rachel Marguerite del Mar of Cebu, Salvio Fortuno of Camarines Sur, Roilo Golez of Parañaque, Bernadette Herrera-Dy of Bagong Henerasyon party-list, House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales 2nd of Mandaluyong, Rosendo Labadlabad of Zamboanga del Norte, Edcel Lagman of Albay, Florencio Noel of AnWaray party-list, Reena Concepcion Obillo of Una ang Pamilya party-list, Angelo Palmones of Agham party-list, Roberto Puno of Antipolo, House Deputy Majority Leader Romero Quimbo of Marikina, Rene Relampagos of Bohol and Rufus Rodriguez of Cagayan de Oro.

    House Assistant Majority Leader Sherwin Tugna of Citizens Battle Against Corruption also logged in a perfect attendance by being present in 152 session days, considering that he was proclaimed later than July 26, 2010.

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    7 Comments

    1. Samuel Santos on

      The performance of a Congressman/Congresswoman should also be gauged based on the number of bills he/she authored which became a law.

    2. Roldan Guerrero on

      What did this man do in his first term as a congressman? Doing a workout for his incoming fight during session days? Had he made a patch-up by losing to a full embarashment to an unprecedented KNOCKOUT BY MARQUEZ? Shame on you Manny F***yao…. you are not just a sort of of an UNEDUCATED BRAGGART BUT A PERENNIAL POLITICAL BUTTERFLY AS WELL. Manunongka bang mahiya o sadya lang wala kang kahihiyan? Patakbuhinmo pa ang nanaymo na governor ng Sarangani Province para makompletomo ang kabobohanmo.

    3. Roldan Guerrero on

      Manny Pacquiao might have brought the Philippines into fame in the field of sports specially in boxing but he must have put the Philippines into shame by winning a congressional seat. Could you imagine a man who could not understand the meaning and tasks of a lawmaker doing the job of a critical elective position? The Political System of the Philippines has eroded to the bottom rock as these incompetent men entered politics which is only made for the qualified and dignified ones.

      • Really? And you would rather have the Romualdez, Marcos’ and multitude of others who’s main goal is to enrich themselves. I would rather have someone who has no desire to make money as an elected official since he has all that he needs. It’s a breath of fresh air to put one that is not a professional politician.

    4. At least Manny continue to do a lot of work with his constituents and does not rob the treasury blind nor create fraudulent government contracts to steal money. Pacquiao spends his own money to take care of his people. It is not always the time you spend at work but rather what you accomplish. You need to stop the crab mentality and jealousy and look at the actual accomplishments itself.

    5. The Phil govt should have a NEW LAW that with more than 50 absences He or She should be taken out from Public Office seat

      what the point if the person elected is always absent not doing his her job properly ?

      we need a law to drop the elected official once he reach 30days – 40 days absences

      TAKE OUT this crazy pacquiao from PHILIPPINE CONGRESS – HE is too busy to be properly doing his job as a congressman