7 senators had perfect attendance in 17th Congress

Franklin Drilon

SEVEN senators posted perfect attendance in the just-concluded 3rd regular session of the 17th Congress.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III showed his leadership as he leads six other senators with no absences including Majority Leader Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri, Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon, Senators Panfilo Lacson, Gregorio Honasan, Joel Villanueva and Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III.

These were the role models for having attended all of 61 plenary sessions, from July 23, 2018 to June 4, 2019.

Sotto and Lacson have managed to keep a perfect attendance all throughout the 17th Congress, having accomplished the same in the first and second regular sessions in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

Pimentel and Zubiri both scored a perfect attendance during the second regular session which spanned from July 24, 2017 to May 30, 2018.

Among the seven, Sotto, Honasan, Lacson and Zubiri achieved a clean attendance record with no record of coming in after the roll call, calling in sick or being on official missions in the entire 3rd regular session.

Data from the Senate Journal Service showed that they were followed by Sen. Nancy Binay who attended 60 session days. She was on an official mission abroad which prompted her to skip one session day.

Senators Win Gatchalian, JV Ejercito and Cynthia Villar completed 58 session days while Senators Risa Hontiveros and Antonio Trillanes IV showed up 57 times.

The other upper chamber members who fared better in attendance were Senators Sonny Angara, Grace Poe and Loren Legarda who were present for 56 session days.

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto and Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero both attended 55 plenary sessions, Sen. Richard Gordon was present in 54 sessions while Sen. Bam Aquino was present 50 times.

Keeping his promise to focus on his job in the Senate, Sen. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao posted a good attendance record as he showed up 49 times for work.

Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan had a record attendance of 47. He had 12 official missions and was absent only twice.

Due to her incarceration, Sen. Leila de Lima recorded zero attendance.