Who are the top absentees in Congress?
Guess who’s ranked No. 1.
Lira Dalangin-Fernandez of InterAksyon.com reports that "records gathered from the Office of the Secretary General of the House of Representatives revealed which members have the most number of absences during the first regular session of the 16th Congress." There were a total of 69 working days for Congress.
The top absentees are:
- Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo - 47 days *under hospital arrest
- Rep. Abdullah Dimaporo - 42 days *under hospital arrest
- Rep. Julio Ledesma - 37 days
- Rolando Andaya - 33 days
- Rep. Manny Pacquiao - 31 days
- Rep. Eulogio Magsaysay - 30 days
- Rep. Arthur Yap - 27 days
- Rep. Hernan Biron Jr. - 26 days
- Rep. Franklin Bautista - 23 days
- Rep. Alfredo Benitez - 22 days
- Rep. Jim Hataman-Saliman - 22 days
- Rep. Joel Roy Duavit - 21 days
- Rep. Nelson Dayanghirang - 20 days
- Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez - 20 days
- Rep. Ruby Sahali - 20 days
We were wondering how Arroyo, who is under hospital arrest at the Veteran’s Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) in Quezon City, still managed to attend some sessions.
The report pointed out that there are certain provisions under Section 70 of the House Rules of the 16th Congress that lists the other ways for the members to be "present."
The following are dcosidered present while the House is in session:
1. Members who are attending committee meetings as authorized by the Committee on Rules, in accordance with Section 35 hereof, upon written notification to the Secretary General by the concerned committee secretary;
2. Members who are attending meetings of the Commission on Appointments;
3. Members who are attending meetings of the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal;
4. Members who are attending meetings of bicameral conference committees; and
5. Members who are on official mission as approved by the Speaker.
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