Recto: Palace told to declassify ‘redacted’ intel reports used as ML basis

20 July 2017, Comment are Off
Malacañang has been urged to declassify and make public the intelligence reports it has used as basis in asking Congress to extend the period of Martial Law in Mindanao until the end of the year. In so far as information that will not put our soldiers in harm’s way or jeopardize...

Digong told: Make sure that 10-year passports aren’t twice as expensive

20 July 2017, Comment are Off
As President Duterte is “days, if not hours away” from signing a law doubling the period of validity of the Philippine passport to 10 years, a senator reminded the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) of the Senate’s “clear intent” that fees of the new passports be retained at...

From bomb, bomb bomb to build, build build Extending aid more important than extending ML -Recto

19 July 2017, Comment are Off
A prolonged Martial Law in Mindanao should be accompanied with massive reconstruction of “homes, livelihood and public works” destroyed by the fighting in Marawi City, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto said. “Whether we extend Martial Law or not, what is present in either...

Bringing Healthcare to Juan and Juana: Universal Healthcare in the Communities

29 May 2017, Comment are Off
Thank you. Magandang hapon po sa inyong lahat. I am happy and honored to be here today. What I’ve noticed is that there is no universal oath that binds politicians, unlike physicians who have their famous “First, do no harm” pledge. But if ever there will be a contest to coin one...

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

23 May 2017, Comment are Off
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...

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

17 May 2017, Comment are Off
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...

Statement of Senator Ralph Recto on Declaring Martial Law in Mindanao

24 May 2017, Comment are Off
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...

Recto: MMDA’s ‘odd-even’ plan symptomatic of adhoc approach to traffic

08 March 2017, Comment are Off
MMDA should study carefully if its new “Windows 2” software to decongest EDSA traffic would work. It better run tabletop simulations and calculations if the new odd-scheme for vehicles could indeed be the relief that we have all been waiting for. It should employ...

Recto: US State report right on “weak prosecutions, slow court procedures”

05 March 2017, Comment are Off
In this divided nation, there will be disagreements on certain conclusions in the US State Department’s human rights report on the Philippines. There should be no discord, however, on one passage in the report, which is true and incontrovertible: on our nation being plagued by “a...