68 solons post perfect attendance
- July 9, 2014
- Written by Ryan Ponce Pacpaco
- Published in Nation
AT least 68 members of the House of Representatives posted per- fect attendance during the First Regular Session of the 16th Congress from July 22, 2013 until June 11, 2014.
House independent minority bloc leader, Leyte (1st District) Rep. Ferdinand Martin “FM” G. Romualdez, a lawyer and president of the Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa), attended 63 out of 69 session days as he went some constituency works during days that he did not attend sessions in Batasan Complex.
Leading the lawmakers with perfect attendance were Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., House Majority Leader and Mandaluyong City Rep. Neptali Gonzales II, Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr., Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas, Romblon Rep. Eleandro Madrona, Quezon City Rep. Winston Castelo, Marikina City Rep. Miro Quimbo, Marikina City Rep. Marcelino Teodoro, Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco, Parañaque City Rep. Gus Tambunting, Isabela Rep. Rodolfo Albano III, Camarines Sur Rep. Diosdado Arroyo, Buhay Hayaang Yumabong party-list Rep. Lito Atienza, Quezon City Rep. Jose Christopher Belmonte, Quezon City Rep. Francisco Calalay Jr., Western Samar Rep. Mel Senen Sarmiento, Quezon City Rep. Alfredo Vargas III,
Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone and House Deputy Majority Leader and Citizens Battle Against Corruption (Cibac) party-list Rep. Sherwin Tugna attended 68 session days; Tarlac Rep. Noel Villanueva, Makati
City Rep. Mar-Len Abigail Binay and Buhay Hayaang Yumabong (Buhay) party-list Rep. Irwin Tieng attended 67 session days; and Pampanga
Rep. Joseller “Yeng” Guiao attended 65 session days.
Although she was detained at Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) for plunder case since October 2012 or during the last 15th Congress, surprisingly, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo attended 22 session days, making her the top absentee.
Lanao del Norte Rep. Abdullah Dimaporo, who is under hospital arrest
for malversation case pending before the Sandiganbayan, attended 27
session days and Negros Occidental Rep. Julio “Jules” Ledesma attended
32 session days.
Sarangani Rep. Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao only attended 38 out of 69 session days