Pacquiao registers worst attendance in Congress

Kim Arveen Patria
Kim Arveen Patria
Yahoo! Southeast Asia Newsroom
Philippine Congressman and WBO welterweight boxing champion Manny Pacquiao (L) is greeted by Filipino flood victims during a relief distribution at a village that was devastated by rampaging flood waters in Cagayan de Oro City, southern Mindanao, Philippines, 23 December 2011. More than 1,000 people are still missing in devastating floods that already killed at least 1,080 in the Philippines, the Office of Civil Defence said. Rescuers continued to recover bodies from the seaside villages of the worst-hit cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, said Benito Ramos, the agency's administrator. EPA/DENNIS M. SABANGAN

Boxing legend and re-elected Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao is keeping two records as legislator: the highest net worth and the worst attendance.
 
Pacquiao, who was the richest congressman in 2012 with P1.77 billion, attended only 108 of the 168 sessions of the House of Representatives.
 
This made him the most absentee member of the House in the 15th Congress from July 2010 to June 2013.
 
Pacquiao shared the spot with re-elected Negros Occidental Rep. Jules Ledesma, who also had 60 absences throughout his term.
 
Following Pacquiao and Ledesma with 53 absences were Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo; her son Ang Galing Pinoy Party-list Rep. Mikey Arroyo; and Pampanga Rep. Carmelo Lazatin.
 
Arroyo, who is currently in hospital arrest for plunder charges, is set to serve a second term. Her son’s party-list group has however been disqualified.
 
Lazatin, for his part, has served out his second term in Congress and also lost his Angeles City mayoralty bid to incumbent Edgardo Pamintuan.
 
Rounding out the list of the top 10 absentees were:
6. Maria Evita Arago (Laguna) 52
7. Augusto Boboy Syjuco (Iloilo) 40
8. Narciso Bravo Jr (Masbate) 40
9. Maria Valentina Plaza (Agusan del Sur) 39
10. Maria Jocelyn Bernos (Abra) 38
 
Legislators’ attendance are classified by the House secretariat as either “actually present” or “deemed present.” Only those who are actually present are counted in determining the quorum.
 
In the 15th Congress, only eight representatives were “actually present” in all sessions. These were:
Dato Arroyo (Camarines Sur)
Leopoldo Bataoil (Pangasinan)
Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr (Quezon City)
Edcel Lagman (Albay)
Cutie De Mar (Cebu City)
Salvio Fortuno (Camarines Sur)
Roilo Golez (Parañaque)
David Kho (Masbate)
 
The following members were meanwhile “deemed present” in all sessions throughout their terms:
Giorgidi Aggabao (Isabela)
Emmeline Aglipay (Diwa Party-list)
Bolet Banal (Quezon City)
Winston Castelo (Quezon City)
Neptali Gonzales II (Mandaluyong City)
Bernadette Herrera-Dy (Bagong Henerasyon Party-list)
Florencio-Noel (An Waray party list)
Reena Concepcio-Obillo (Una Ang Pamilya Party-list)
Angelo Palmones (AGHAM Party-list)
Roberto Puno (Antipolo City)
Miro Quimbo (Marikina City)
Rene Relampagos (Bohol)
Rufus Rodriguez (Cagayan de Oro City)
 
This means they were not on the floor due to authorized committee meetings or official missions approved by the House Speaker.