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MAY
24
2017

Statement of Senator Ralph Recto on Declaring Martial Law in Mindanao

Declaring Martial Law in Mindanao is a drastic and dramatic move. The solution needed to suppress the Abu Sayyaf and the Maute groups may need a drastic and dramatic move. I don’t have all the facts now but the President will have to explain his move to Congress and get our
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MAY
23
2017

Sponsorship Speech on Senate Bill 1465: Free Irrigation Service to Small Farmers

If the middle class’s patriotism is soluble in taxes, the one of farmers can also dissolve in irrigation fees. For years, farmers have been clamoring for a moratorium on irrigation payments. Basically, what they seek is parity—to be treated the same way that conglomerates have
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MAY
23
2017

SBN-1468: Designating Casinos as Covered Persons under Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2001 (RA 9160)

An Act Designating Casinos as Covered Persons under Republic Act No. 9160, otherwise known as the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2001, As Amended This bill seeks to address the deficiency in the Philippine legal framework against money laundering and to make it fully compliant with
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MAY
22
2017

SBN-1464: Prohibiting the Conversion of Irrigated and Irrigable Agricultural Lands for Non-Agricultural Uses

An Act Prohibiting the Conversion of Irrigated and Irrgable Agricultural Lands for Non-Agricultural Uses, Amending for the Purpose Section 20 of Republic Act No. 7160, Otherwise Known as the Local Government Code of 1991 Consistent with the policy of the State to ensure the
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MAY
17
2017

Speech Endorsing the Confirmation of Senator Alan Peter Cayetano as Foreign Affairs Secretary

Mr. Chairman, my dear colleagues : I stand with you today in endorsing the demotion of our dear colleague from a senator of the Republic to its top diplomat. His 19 years in Congress – 9 years in the Bigger House and 10 in the Better House – have prepared him for the grueling job
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MAY
16
2017

Tap local industries in modernizing the military before touching that $500-million loan

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto today cautioned the Duterte administration against the reported plan to take on the $500-million loan being offered by the Chinese government to modernize the Philippine military. “We must stop relying on foreign suppliers to modernize the
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MAY
15
2017

SBN-1451: Military and Uniformed Personnel Insurance Fund

An Act Strengthening the Military and Uniformed Personnel Pension System, Creating the Military and Uniformed Personnel Insurance Fund, Amending Sections 3 and 24 of Republic Act Number 8291, and for Other Purposes This bill seeks to arrest an impending fiscal hemorrhage by
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MAY
15
2017

Sponsorship Speech : Extending the Validity of Driver’s License

Senate Bill 1449: Driver’s License Validity Extension Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto Mr. President, distinguished colleagues: This sponsorship speech on the bill extending the driver’s license validity from three years to five years and for its renewal extended to
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MAY
04
2017

Extending the validity of Philippine Passport : ‘A Simple Solution That Will Benefit 30 Million Filipinos’

Sponsorship Speech by Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto SB 1365: Extending the Validity of the Philippine Passport This bill is pretty straightforward: It extends the period of validity of the Philippine passport from five to ten years. But once it becomes a law, its
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MAY
02
2017

SBN-1420: Exempting the Sale of Real Property Taxes from Capital Gains and Documentary Stamp Taxes

An Act Exempting the Sale of Real Property in the Exercise of the State’s Power of Eminent Domain from the Payment of Capital Gains and Documentary Stamp Taxes, Amending for the Purpose Sections 24 (D) and 196 of Republic Act No. 8424, As Amended, Otherwise Known as the
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