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Trillanes bills himself as ‘most productive’ Senator

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By Vanne Elaine Terrazola

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV considered himself as the Senate’s “most productive” member, proving on Thursday that he has filed the most number of bills and resolutions among his colleagues during the 17th Congress.

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV gestures during during the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee’s probe on the smuggling of the P6.4-billion shabu from Xiamen, China. (Czar Dancel / MANILA BULLETIN)

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV (Czar Dancel / MANILA BULLETIN)

Trillanes released a report from the Senate Legislative Bills and Index Service, showing that he has filed a total of 322 bills and resolutions as of May 31, 2018.

In a press briefing Wednesday, Trillanes said maintained that he is doing his job as a legislator despite his absence in several sessions of the Senate.

Aside from detained Sen. Leila de Lima, Trillanes recorded the least number of attendance during the 17th Congress’ second regular session, attending in 52 out of the 79 session days from July 24, 2017 to May 30 this year.

He was out on 23 official trips — 20 were abroad and three were local. He was absent four session days.

“Ang hindi narereport is number one ako bilang most productive senator dito sa Congress na ito. ‘Di ba ‘yon ang mas importante, kaysa naka-attend diyan, araw-araw ka umaattend, pero wala ka namang ginagawa (What’s not reported is that I’m the most productive senator in this Congress. Isn’t that more important than attending session every day but not doing anything)?” he told Senate reporters.

Of his 322 filed measures, he was the principal author to 232 bills and co-author to 24 proposed laws. He authored 66 resolutions.

“Despite being part of the opposition, I was never remiss on my duties as a legislator. Aside from the bills and resolutions I filed, I sponsored bills and actively participated in hearings that sought to investigate the anomalies in the present administration,” Trillanes said in releasing the bills report.

Following Trillanes was Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito who filed a total of 258 bills and resolutions so far. Of the measures he filed, he principally authored 150 bills and co-authored 30 bills. He authored and was part of 78 resolutions.

Also in the top five senators who have filed the most bills and resolutions were Sen. Bam Aquino with 256; Sen. Joel Villanueva with 255; and Sen. Loren Legarda with 252.

Sen. Grace Poe is in sixth place with 249 filed bills and resolutions, followed by Sen. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara with 222; Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto with 215; Sen. Nancy Binay with 199; and Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian with 197.

Despite being detained, Sen. Leila de Lima was able to file a total of 186 bills and resolutions. Senate Majority Floor Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri follows her with 175 filed measures, then Sen. Francis Escudero with 154; Sen. Cynthia Villar with 153; and Sen. Aquilino Pimentel with 134.

In 16th place was Sen. Riza Hontiveros with 133; followed by Sen. Richard Gordon with 124; Senate President Vicente Sotto III with 123; Sen. Emmanuel Pacquiao with 115; and Sen. Panfilo Lacson with 110.

Sen. Francis Pangilinan, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, and Gregorio Honasan II had the least number of measure filed with 83, 77, and 75, respectively.

The 17th Congress started July 25, 2016. It is currently on recess and is scheduled to resume on its third regular session on July 23.

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