Bicam lowers estate tax, hikes deductions, relaxes rules in favor of heirs

06 December 2017, Comment are Off
The Senate and House conferees to the panel finalizing President Duterte’s proposed new taxes have agreed “to cut the rates and the requirements” on the estate tax, which is levied on a deceased person’s assets. Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said “billions in...

Law compels gov’t to demand refund for faulty dengue vaccines

05 December 2017, Comment are Off
Government has no choice but to follow the Procurement Law, which compels it to demand refund for the P3.5 billion in taxpayer’s money paid to the French manufacturer of ineffective dengue vaccines. Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said that under Republic Act 9184,...

DOH must ‘inoculate’ PH from supply-driven vaccines

04 December 2017, Comment are Off
In the wake of dengue vaccine flop, Health officials should guarantee that Filipinos are now “inoculated” from supply-driven vaccines whose efficacy has not yet been established, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said today. “If there’s one lesson to be learned from t...

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...

‘Sycip was keeper of national ledger who told us that our assets are bigger than our liabilities’

09 October 2017, Comment are Off
The country has many Taipans but one true business titan, and that was Washington Sycip. His counsel was most sought after, his advice prized, that even among competing interests he was a shared resource, because having his name on the board is in itself a seal of good...

Brgy polls deferment must be the last one – Recto

04 October 2017, Comment are Off
This second postponement must be the final one. It should be a non-extendable deferment. If we scrap again the elections in May, it will constitute a strike three against democracy. I am counting on the palabra de honor of Malacañang that this will be the last cancellation....

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...