Recto: DepEd needs new procurement ‘lesson plan’ to avoid failing grade

20 September 2017, Comment are Off
Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said he feels sorry for his former teacher, Education Secretary Leonor Briones, as the “latter had inherited a culture of underspending and a broken system of procurement which delays the delivery of equipment and books.” “The present...

At least 3,827 Pinoys in jail in 52 countries

19 September 2017, Comment are Off
At least 3,827 Filipinos were languishing in jails in 52 countries and territories as of the end of last year, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said, citing a 1,084-page Department of Foreign Affairs report to the Senate. But the figure could go up to 4,452 if 625...

No need for CHR funds to buy bodycams—Recto

18 September 2017, Comment are Off
There are enough sources in the 2017 national budget which could fund the immediate purchase of police body cameras, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said. “If the need is urgent, why wait for the enactment of the 2018 budget? There is also no need to rechannel the...

Speech Endorsing the Confirmation of Jose Manuel “Babe” Romualdez as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States of America

23 August 2017, Comment are Off
Our soon-to-be man in Washington DC is no babe in the woods in US affairs. Though principally based in Manila, he has enough contacts in the American capital that he can be considered a Beltway insider. So wide is his network, I was told, that should Trump drain the swamp, those...

Prepared speech of Senator Recto in support of DSWD Sec. Taguiwalo’s confirmation : ‘To Serve the People’

16 August 2017, Comment are Off
This is the speech Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto that was scheduled to deliver if the confirmation hearings on Secretary Judy Taguiwalo had advanced to CA plenary for voting ‘To Serve the People’ Speech Endorsing the Confirmation of Prof. Judy Taguiwalo as...

Sponsorship Speech: First 1,000 Days Bill

07 August 2017, Comment are Off
“Kung ang bata ay kulang sa timbang, tayo ang may pagkukulang” It has been said that politicians love to kiss babies when they run for office. But kiss them goodbye the moment they’re elected. If babies only know how to throw tantrums through tweets, or if they could...

Statement of Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto on Speaker Alvarez’s comments

15 September 2017, Comment are Off
Relax lang. Government says EJK is not state-sponsored–then it should not be afraid of providing more resources to CHR, the duly constituted office whose mandate is to protect human rights. It cannot be denied that there are too many killings including children. I believe...

Body cams to cut body count, stop bounty killings

07 September 2017, Comment are Off
‘Every move you make, every law you break, every ops you fake, they’ll be watching you’ Body cams will bring down the body count and stop the bounty killings. The government has the money and the mandate to purchase vest- and car dashboard-mounted cameras for...

PNP must justify P1B request for Tokhang II

20 August 2017, Comment are Off
I expect that the review of the events on that fateful night in Caloocan which led to the death of a young man will be pursued in many fronts. Kian’s life was ended so dastardly that it has united the nation in anger and grief. This national pain can only be salved by the...