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Reporters go through the needle’s eye to get list of absentee lawmakers

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House of Representatives. RYAN LEAGOGO/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—Securing a list of absentee lawmakers is easier said than done.

This was what reporters found out Monday despite the House leadership’s urgings for the media to help it in running a shame campaign against legislators frequently skipping work at the House of Representatives.

House majority leader Neptali Gonzales II has earlier assured reporters that he has directed House secretary general Marilyn Barua-Yap to release the names of their members who were usually absent during session.

Yap told reporters that written requests for such a list must be approved first by the office of the Speaker. She pointed out that it was not easy picking out exactly who among the legislators were guilty of absenteeism as many of them also had other missions outside the House of Representatives.

Yap said that lawmakers also had to skip sessions at times for their roles as part of the bicameral conference committee or the commission on appointments. These reasons for being away were valid, she said.

Currently, the House of Representatives could only provide the media with copies of its House journals, which are also found on their website. But the said document only lists the lawmakers who attended session.

However, the website rollcall.ph has released its own ranking of absentee congressmen with the following House members topping its list:

1. Ledesma, Julio IV
2. Syjuco, Augusto Boboy
3. Ferrer, Jeffrey
4. Macapagal-Arroyo, Juan Miguel
5. Plaza, Ma. Valentina
6. Biron , Ferjenel
7. Jalosjos, Seth
8. Ponce-Enrile, Juan Jr.
9. Bondoc, Anna York
10. Pacquiao, Emmanuel

The rest of the list can be found at http://rollcall.ph/

Yap said the list did not come from her office. He added the said website is not affiliated with the House of Representatives.


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Tags: absent lawmakers , House of Representatives , Marilyn Barua-Yap , Neptali Gonzales


  • azkal futbol

    puro ally ni gma… mga halos galing sa political dynasty

  • JuanTamadachi

    Maybe this is one reason why we need the FOI bill passed forthwith into law. I do hope the final version will include easy access to issues such as this one to put an end to the old boys club’s practice of covering up for one another..

  • speedstream2

    This is where your taxes are being spent?

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Among them, dishonesty is the rule of law…….

  • basilionisisa

    at least 10 na ang kilala natin sa mga pinapasweldo ng gobyerno na wala namang ipinapakitang ginagawa. TANDAAN natin sana sila pag kumandidato pa sa mga susunod na halalan.

  • sakinlang

    “Dadaan sa BUTAS NG KARAYOM” was translated into “go through the needle’s eye”. Is there such an idiomatic expression in English?

  • pipsirho

    The CURSE of UNTHINKING FILIPINO VOTERS !!!

  • blainz

    Macapagal-Arroyo, Juan Miguel.  ~P200 million in pork barrel for a useless bill, representative of a delisted party, has a tax evasion case against him, suspicious properties abroad, never returned a government SUV, now linked to a drug dealer…

    He shouldn’t be absent, he should be EXPELLED.

    Enrile, Syjuco, Jaloslos, Pacquiao…. with people voting this way year after year I might just sign a petition, against a life-long abhorrence, to amend the Constitution restricting votes to high school graduates and above, ala Miriam Defensor-Santiago’s proposal.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QZZKXPEA67I7HELEIYM35QVYFA Jon

    Akala ko ba na may pangako ang House leadership para tumulong?
    Tumutulong nga; yun lang para itago ang mga absent parati.
    Kailan ba kayo magsasabi ng totoo? 

  • Jesse_Bruce_Pinkman

    Maybe they should also include bills or accomplishments done. It’s no use seeing good attendance but what they do is sleep all day

  • speedstream2

    And we wonder why the FOI bill is languishing in limbo? Well, hopefully the time will come when voters will reach a more discerning stage wherein those who shortchange taxpayers — who pay millions through the nose for the upkeep of the legislature — are yanked out from the roster of lawmakers. Better still, if voters are more discerning to keep out those who are not really qualified to carry the legislator title.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    MGA TONGRESMAN NATAKOT KAY CARDINAL TAGLE SABI KO SA INYO SI CARDINAL TAGLE HARI SA PILIPINAS AT DAPAT SIYANG SAMBAHIN IALAY NINYO ANG BUHAY NINYO MGA TONGRESMAN SA MAHAL NA HARI CARDINAL TAGLE” SUGO” SIYA NG DIYOS

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    SI CARDINAL TAGLE LAMANG ANG TUNAY NA ALAGAD SUGO KAILANGAN SUNDIN NINYO SI CARDINAL TAGLE PIGILAN ANG DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH NA MAMIGAY NG CONDOM AT PILLS AT IJECTABLE SA MGA ISKUWATER PAHALAGAHAN ANG BUHAY” MAS MARAMI BATA MAS MASAYA”



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