- The recently concluded 16th Congress showed that Sen. Vicente Sotto topped the good attendance list
- The Senator never missed a session for the past three years
- On the low ranks of the list are Sen. TG Guingona and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano
The Senate attendance sheet is out and the local press, such as GMA News, has gotten a hold of it and Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III appeared to top the good attendance list.
In the recently concluded 16th Congress, Sotto’s record shows a perfect attendance. He was present in all 214 plenary sessions of the past three years.
During the 15th Congress while he was majority leader, he posted a perfect attendance as well. Senate President Frnaklin Drilon grabbed the second place.
On the list as well is Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan II who almost had a perfect attendance – being absent and tardy only once in all 214 plenary sessions in the past three years.
Meanwhile, Senator Teofisto “TG” Guingona III ranked low on this list because he was absent nearly half of the 16th Congress. He was present for only 110 session days and came in late 15 times. However, he has also been on official mission 78 times – making him the most traveled Senator for the past Congress.
Cayetano is also on the same ranks as Guingona as he was marked late in 10 afternoon sessions. He was also present for 137 session days out of a total of 214.
Others on the list of top absentees are Senators Loren Legarda, Grace Poe, and Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III who were present 183, 193 and 187 times, respectively out of 214.
The list did not include the attendance of Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile, Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Senator Jinggoy Estrada because they were in detention for almost the entire duration of the 16th Congress. They were only present from July 22, 2013 to June 11, 2014 in the recorded 83 days where Estrada posted a near perfect attendance, being absent only once.
Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago was only able to attend five session days since 2013 due to her battle with lung cancer. Despite this, she still managed to attend her commitments outside of the Senate which refers to being on official mission 17 times.