MANILA - Two congressmen racked the most number of absences in the House of Representatives for 2014.
Sarangani Representative and boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and Negros Occidental Representative Julio Ledesma IV were present in only seven of the 70 session days from January 20 to December 17, 2014.
Meanwhile, two other lawmakers failed to attend any session as they are both detained.
Former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has been detained at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center since 2012, while Lanao del Norte Representative Abdullah Dimaporo has been under hospital arrest since 2013.
Of those marked absent based on the House website, the following registered double-digit numbers:
Agarao, Benjamin – 11 days absent without notice
Alvarez, Mercedez - 2 days absent without notice, 15 days on constituency work
Andaya, Rolando - 1 day absent without notice, 23 days on constituency work
Bag-ao, Kaka - 14 days on constituency work
Baguilat, Teddy - 3 days absent without notice, 10 days constituency work
Barcelona-Reyes, Catehrine - 10 days absent without notice
Bautista, Franklin - 13 days absent without notice, 4 days constituency work
Benitez, Albee - 10 days absent without notice
Bernos, Jocelyn - 12 days constituency work
Bichara, Al Francis - 16 days absent without notice
Biron, Hernan - 6 days absent without notice, 17 days constituency work
Dayanghirang, Nelson - 2 days absent without notice, 15 days constituency work
Durano, Joseph Ace - 14 days absent without notice
Everga, Mark - 13 days absent without notice
Eriguel, Franny - 1 day absent without notice, 10 days constituency work
Espino, Rogelio - 10 days absent without notice
Ferrer, Jeffrey - 17 days absent without notice
Ferriol, Abbygail - 10 days absent without notice
Go, Arnulfo - 11 days absent without notice
Gomez, Lucy - 1 day absent without notice, 18 days constituency work
Hagedorn, Douglas - 16 days absent without notice
Hataman-Salliman, Jim - 12 days absent without notice
Jalosjos, Seth - 14 days absent without notice
Javier, Paolo - 10 days absent without notice
Ledesma, Julio - 13 days absent without notice, 14 days constituency work
Magsaysay, Eulogio - 2 days absent without notice, 10 days constituency work
Mendoza, Mark Llandro - 14 days absent without ntoice
Ortega, Francisco - 13 days absent without notice, 1 constituency work
Pacquiao - 2 days absent without notice, 25 on constituency work
Sahali, Ruby - 3 days absent without notice, 14 days constituency work
Salimbangon, Benhur - 10 days constituency work
Sema, Bai Sandra - 10 days absent without notice
Singson, Ronald - 11 days absent without notice, 5 days constituency work
Turamin-Hataman, Sitti - 1 day absent without notice, 16 days constituency work
Yap, Arthur - 14 days absent without notice
Zamora, Maria Carmen - 13 days constituency work
For the same period, only a total of 65 out of the 290 members of the House of Representatives, or 22 percent, registered perfect attendance in sessions based on official records from the chamber.
The calling of the roll was done only in 34 session days while it was dispensed with in the 36 sessions. Thus, the records released by the Office of the Secretary General reckoned only the total attendance record of House members based on the days when there was a roll call
"There were 36 session days when roll call was dispensed with and the members were recorded as in attendance," the House website said.
The 65 House members with perfect attendance are:
Albano, Rodolfo III
Amante, Erlpe John
Belmonte, Feliciano Jr.
Bondon, Juan Pablo
Chipeco, Joaquin Jr.
Del Mar, Raul
Del Rosario, Antonio
Estrella, Conrado III
Gonzales, Neptali II
Gullas, Gerald Anthony Jr.
Lagdameo, Antonio Jr.
Madrona, Eleandro Jesus
Piamonte, Mariano Jr.
Plaza, Maria Valentina
Rivera, Michael Angelo
Sarmiento, Mel Senen
Teves, Pryde Henry
Vargas, Alfredo III