Miriam tops list of senators with most bills filed

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago has topped the list of senators who filed the most number of legislations in the Senate.

A document from the Senate legislative bills and index service indicated that Santiago topped the 23 incumbent senators with 882 measures (758 bills and 124 resolutions) filed in the 15th Congress.

In a statement, Santiago said she “worked (her) ass off" in filing bills because she wants to send the message that the main task of the Senate is legislation and not criminal investigation.

“A public hearing on a controversial issue generates a lot of publicity, but usually the result is merely a recommendation to the Ombudsman. By contrast, internet research is very quiet and solitary, but one bill could make a difference in the lives of people," she said.

Among the controversial measures filed by Santiago in the 15th Congress is the Senate’s version of the Reproductive Health bill, Senate Bill 2378 or “An Act Providing for a National Policy on Reproductive Health and Population and Development."

Other senators

Senate President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada was second in the list with 581 files measures (553 bills, 27 resolutions) followed by Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. with 539 (395 bills, 144 resolutions). The rest are as follows:

4. Antonio Trillanes IV — 304 (292 bills, 12 resos)

5. Lito Lapid — 239 (179 bills, 60 resos)

6. Loren Legarda — 198 (137 bills, 61 resos)

7. Francis Escudero — 154 (128 bills, 26 resos)

8. Ramon Bong Revilla Jr. — 150 (126 bills, 24 resos)

9. Edgardo Angara — 117 (102 bills, 15 resos)

10. Juan Miguel Zubiri — 90 (56 bills, 34 resos)

11. Ralph Recto — 88 (50 bills, 38 resos)

12. Pia Cayetano (74: 48 bills, 25 resos)

13-14. Franklin Drilon — (45 (23 bills, 22 resos) and Vicente Sotto III — 45 (10 bills, 35 resos)

15 Francis Pangilinan — 43 (15 bills, 28 resos)

16-17. Juan Ponce Enrile — 40 (18 bills, 22 resos) and Teofisto Guingona III — 40 (13 bills, 27 resos)

18 Ferdinand Marcos Jr. — 39 (20 bills, 19 resos)

19. Gregorio Honasan II — 34 (13 bills, 21 resos)

20. Sergio Osmena III — 33 (14 bills, 19 resos)

21. Panfilo Lacson — 31 (31 bills)

22. Alan Peter Cayetano — 20 (7 bills, 13 resos)

23. Joker Arroyo — 17 (17 resos)

The Senate will adjourn sine die on June 9 and will resume session on July 25. — KBK, GMA News

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