24 Oras report: Rep. Jules Ledesma attends the House session on August 17.
Following reports that he has shown up at the 15th Congress only once since it opened on July 26, Negros Occidental 1st District Rep. Jules Ledesma attended the House plenary on August 17, reports Inquirer.net. "I want to show myself because I’ve been hearing all those things (about) my presence or absence."
According to Inquirer.net and GMANews.tv, he said, "You can be here even if you’re not on the floor. It is just like you are in an official trip but you can be present, and not on the floor... I’ve been conducting my work from the office here in the House." ABS-CBNNews.com reports that he also said, "What has been taken up so far? Nothing."
24 Oras reported on August 16 that the House attendance record shows Ledesma has attended the 15th Congress only once, on August 4. However, House Secretary General Marilyn Barua-Yap told Inquirer.net that Ledesma has attended three sessions (August 2, 4 and 16) prior to his showing up on August 17.
Ledesma, who will head the science and technology committee, vowed to more visible in Congress sessions and committee hearings, according to GMANews.tv. He said he attended only three out of 50 sessions in the previous Congress because he was not given assignments. "Give me an assignment. I will comply. Ako pa (You know me). If I’m given an assignment, I will work to the best of my ability."