Senator Francis Pangilinan racked up the most number of absences in the Senate in the third regular session of the 17th Congress, records show.
Pangilinan only showed up in 47 out of 61 plenary sessions from July 23, 2018 to June 4, 2019, the least number for any senator except for Senator Leila De Lima, who was unable to attend any session because she is in detention.
Next to Pangilinan, Senator Manny Pacquiao attended the least number of session at 49. He’s followed by Senator Bam Aquino, who was present for 50 times and Senator Richard Gordon, 54.
The senators with perfect attendance are: Senate President Vicente Sotto III, Majority Leader Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri, Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon, Senators Panfilo Lacson, Gregorio Honasan, Joel Villanueva and Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, who attended all 61 sessions.
Sotto and Lacson also achieved a perfect attendance throughout the 17th Congress, attending all sessions in 2016 and 2017.
Among the seven, Sotto, Honasan, Lacson and Zubiri achieved a clean attendance record with no records of coming in after the roll call, calling in sick or being on official missions in the entire third regular session.
Senator Nancy Binay was present for 6 session days, while Senators Win Gatchalian, JV Ejercito and Cynthia Villar completed 58 session days.
Senators Risa Hontiveros and Antonio Trillanes IV showed up 57 times, while Senators Sonny Angara, Grace Poe and Loren Legarda were present for 56 session days.
They were followed by Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto and Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero, who both attended 55 plenary sessions.