Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Trillanes: Kahit maraming absent, I'm the most productive senator

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV recently shot back at critics who pointed out that he has the most absences in sessions amongst all senators.
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV / Photo credit: Inquirer

Trillanes said that he is one of the most productive senators, claiming that he filed and sponsored the most bills.

Ang hindi narereport is number one ako bilang most productive senator dito sa Congress na ito. So, ‘di ba yun ang mas importante kaysa naka-attend ka nga diyan, araw-araw kang uma-attend pero wala ka namang ginagawa,” said Trillanes.

He adds that he is doing his job because he is in the top five of those who sponsored the most bills.

Trillanes only attended 59 out of 79 sessions. However, he was on official mission 23 times, 20 of which were outside the country.

He adds that even though he has absences, he was still doing his job as a senator even if he was outside the session hall.

Meron akong official business when I was out so covered ‘yan by a travel authority. So technically, that is not counted as an absence. But, at the end of the day ginagawa ko yung trabaho ko,” he said.

“Given the opportunity na imbestigahan ‘yung mga kalabisan nitong administrasyon na ito, ginagawa ko. Sa ganitong klaseng administrasyon na baluktot, ‘yun ang importanteng trabaho ng Senado [ma] apparently hindi na namin ginagawa,” Trillanes added.

Those with perfect attendance were former Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, Senator Panfilo Lacson, Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zuiri, and Senate President Vicente Sotto III.

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