- Senator Manny Pacquiao was still the top absentee in the House of Representatives during the last regular session of the 16th Congress
- He only attended one session day and missed 22 sessions from July 27, 2015 to June 6, 2016
- There was a total of 52 session days but there were only 23 days when the roll was called
Former Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao was the top absentee during the last regular session of the 16th Congress.
Based on the attendance record uploaded in the Congress’ website, newly seated Senator Manny Pacquiao only attended one session and missed 22 sessions during the last stretch of the 16th Congress. Six of these were absence with notice while the remaining 16 were without.
Congress’ third and final regular session had 52 session days but “there were 29 session days when Roll Call was dispensed with,” said the House of Representatives.
Pacquiao had the worst attendance record in the 16th Congress given his training for boxing matches. During the campaign period, the retired boxer promised to allot more time in the legislative body.
However, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said last week that Pacquiao is working on taking a leave from the Senate to prepare for an upcoming match; something the senator denied, saying that being a lawmaker is his priority.
Meanwhile, another chronic absentee, former Representative Jules Ledesma only attended three sessions from July 27, 2015 to June 6, 2016.
Former President and Pampanga Representative was absent on all the session days the roll was called but she has been under hospital arrest since 2012.
There were also lawmakers who were only able to attend the last few days of session because they were just sworn in this year following victories on their respective electoral protests.
Former House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, former Majority Floor Leader Neptali Gonzales II and Buhay Representative Lito Atienza have perfect attendance, said GMA News Online in its story.
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