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MAY
29
2012

Senator-Judge Ralph G. Recto’s Explanation of Vote on the Impeachment Trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona

I base my decision on facts presented in this court, and not on opinions aired outside of it; on testimonies of witnesses, and not on theories of wags; on the arguments of lawyers, and not on the analysis of their spokesmen; on submitted evidence, and not on anonymous leaks; and
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MAY
20
2012

Holistic approach to achieve food security pressed

‘Neutral’ investments in agriculture The country doesn’t live from rice alone. Sen. Ralph G. Recto today said government should roll out an expanded and holistic approach in attaining food security in the country, which should cover sufficiency targets in all sectors of
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MAY
13
2012

‘Power rate scenario’ to guide investors, consumers if rates will remain stable until 2016

High power rates stymie manufacturing growth Sen. Ralph G. Recto today reiterated his call on the Department of Energy (DOE) to let the Senate have a peek of what power rates would look like until 2016 to give business leaders a heads up in charting their investment or expansion
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MAY
12
2012

Rethinking of CCT, policies pushed as more Filipinos go hungry

Sen. Ralph G. Recto today expressed alarm that despite billions being poured into the government’s flagship anti-poverty program called conditional cash transfer (CCT), many Filipinos are still going hungry and in fact an estimated 4.8 million of them are skipping meals once in
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MAY
10
2012

Deploy economic-business ‘Avengers’ to win peace & joint deals in West Philippine Sea & elsewhere

Sen. Ralph G. Recto yesterday pressed for the immediate deployment of a contingent of economic and business diplomats that would engage China and its business leaders in spirited discourse on the joint exploration of the vast economic potentials of West Philippine Sea. As the
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APR
30
2012

Hearing on the Rationalization of Fiscal Incentives

Senator Ralph G. Recto, chairman of the Ways & Means committee, conducts a hearing on the rationalization of fiscal incentives. During the hearing attended by representatives from agencies such as DOF, BIR, NEDA, DTI, BOI, and chambers of commerce, Recto asks their inputs on
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APR
18
2012

Joint Spratlys exploration with China pushed

Sen. Ralph G. Recto today urged Malacanang to seriously consider engaging China, not through diplomatic protests, but through a possible joint exploration agreement in the Spratlys Islands. “Every stand-off, the territorial tension only escalates and we’re not gaining anything –
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APR
17
2012

Privatize all power plants or none at all

Solving Mindanao’s power crisis Sen. Ralph G. Recto today said government should make up its mind whether it would privatize all state-owned power utilities in the country or not. “A piece-meal approach in the power situation in Mindanao might not be the proverbial light at the
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MAR
18
2012

Hike in mining tax is the way to go to raise revenues

Increasing royalties like ‘walking to a trap’ Sen. Ralph G. Recto today warned government against approaching the issue of mining as a revenue-enhancing tool by increasing government’s royalty share from mining operators, over proposal to increase mining tax. “Royalties are
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MAR
15
2012

Pacquiao deserves better treatment from taxmen

Sen. Ralph G. Recto today said boxing sensation and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao deserves better treatment from the tax bureau, which is unwittingly potraying him as a tax evader. Recto stressed Pacquiao’s earnings from his fights in the United States (US) should no longer be
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