Sotto best in attendance in Congress

Sotto best in attendance in Congress

Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III is the only senator who recorded a perfect attendance for all the senate sessions as the 16th Congress closed.

Sotto best in attendance in Congress

BEST IN ATTENDANCE: Senator Tito Sotto never missed a Senate session for the whole six-year Aquino administration. (Photo from Senate PRIB)

Of all the 18 senators who completed their terms for the Aquino administration, which includes both 15th and 16th Congresses, Sotto alone achieved said feat according to the Senate Journal Service.

He had also never been late for the past six years of service. He served as majority leader for the 15th Congress.

Sotto's attendance of 428 session days was followed by outgoing Senate President Franklin Drilon and Sen. Gregorio Honasan who both have a record of 423, while Sen. Francis Escudero was present 403 times.

Aspiring next Senate president and current Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano, however, made it to the list of lowest attendance in the Senate. He managed to only attend 284 plenary sessions and was usually marked tardy for the last six years.

Sen. Teofisto "TG" Guingona III was absent nearly half of the 16th Congress with 110 session days in record and was late 15 times. Guingona is also marked as the senator who is on official missions, being away for 78 times.

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV also displayed poor attendance with only 159 times present and tardy for 56 sessions. Trillanes was followed by Sen. Pia Cayetano who was present for 176 times during sessions.

Known for battling lung cancer for two years, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago was not considered for the absenteeism list even though she only managed to attend five sessions since 2013.

Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile and senators Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. were also not part of the list. The three were detained for plunder charges for most of the 16th Congress.

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