Only 35 of 283 members of the House of Representatives bothered to show up for all its sessions

For their fervent campaign promises to represent their constituents at the House of Representatives, only 35 lawmakers from the 283-seat chamber bothered to show up for every legislative session.

For their fervent campaign promises to represent their constituents at the House of Representatives, only 35 lawmakers from the 283-seat chamber bothered to show up for every legislative session.

 

Kathrina Alvarez of Sun.Star Online reports of the 35 House members, only 24 were actually present for the 61 sessions that the House of Representatives held. Eleven others were counted present because they were on official business.

 

"Those with perfect attendance are House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., Minority Leader Danilo Suarez, and Representatives Emmeline Aglipay (Diwa party-list), Dato Arroyo (Camarines Sur), Leopoldo Bataoil (Pangasinan), Amelita Calimbas-Villarosa (Occidental Mindoro), Emi Calixto-Rubiano (Pasay City), Maximo Dalog (Mountain Province), Rachel Marguerite del Mar (Cebu City), Robert Estrella (Abono party-list), Salvio Fortuno (Camarines Sur), Albert Garcia (Bataan), Roilo Golez (Paranaque), Fernando Gonzalez (Albay), Edcel Lagman (Albay), Isidro Lico (Ating Koop party-list), Reena Obillo (UNA Ang Pamilya party-list), Cresente Paez (COOP NATCCO party-list), Angelo Palmones (Agham party-list), Pedro Pancho (Bulacan), Jesus Paras (Bukidnon), Mariano Piamonte Jr. (A Teacher party-list), Deogracias Ramos Jr. (Sorsogon), and Jose Zubiri III (Bukidnon)," the report said.

 

Also on the list of lawmakers with perfect attendance are Representatives Giorgidi Aggabao (Isabela), Bolet Banal (Quezon City), Winston Castelo (Quezon City), Antonio del Rosario (Capiz), Bernadette Herrera-Dy (Bagong Henerasyon), Bem Noel (An Waray party-list), Roberto Puno (Antipolo City), Romero Quimbo (Marikina City), Rene Relampagos (Bohol), Jesus Sacdalan (Sulu), and Sherwin Tugna (Cibac party-list).

 

The House of Representatives has been plagued with absenteeism, with sessions sometimes being suspended for lack of a quorum.

 

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