Boxing icon Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao was among the lawmakers with the most absences during the third and final regular session of the 16th Congress.
Pacquiao, who represented the lone district of Sarangani, attended only one session out of 52 session days from July 27 2015 to June 6, 2016 based on the attendance record of lawmakers posted at the official website of the House of Representatives.
There were 29 days when the roll call was dispensed with.
Based on the record, Pacquiao had 16 absences without notice and 6 absences with notice.
Lanao del Norte second district Rep. Abdullah Dimaporo also attended only one session. He had 22 absences with notice.
Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo had 23 absences with notice.
Since the start of the first regular session, Arroyo has been under hospital arrest at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center over a plunder case she is facing at the Sandiganbayan in connection with the alleged misuse of state charity funds during her presidency.
Davao del Sur second district Rep. Franklin Bautista and Negros Occidental first district Rep. Julio Ledesma 4th incurred 20 absences.
Bautista and Ledesma attended three sessions.
Iloilo fourth district Rep. Hernan Biron Jr., Zamboanga del Norte first district Rep. Seth Frederick Jalosjos, and Albay first district Rep. Edcel Lagman each had 19 absences.
Nueva Ecija fourth district Rep. Magnolia Antonino, Manila fourth district Rep. Ma.
Theresa Bonoan and Pangasinan fifth district Rep. Kimi Cojuangco incurred 18 absences.
Oriental Mindoro first district Rep. Doy Leachon also had 18 absences. According to the House record, he was under a 90-day preventive suspension starting December 19, 2015.
Meanwhile, 60 lawmakers had zero absences including Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales 2nd.