Recto bats for P15 B more for Marawi rebuild

08 October 2017, Comment are Off
Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto is proposing that Malacañang be given a standby fund of P15 billion for Marawi reconstruction, on top of the P10 billion that is already in the 2018 national budget bill. Recto said the additional P15 billion for the rehabilitation of the...

Teachers can have higher allowances, take-home pay by Jan. 1 – Recto

08 October 2017, Comment are Off
Threatened by a P30 billion cut, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto today called for the rechanneling of DepEd’s 2018 budget to “low hanging fruits” which can be used to increase a number of teacher’s allowances. If these “benefit amelioration” items will be added to the...

BOC told to right errors in balikbayan box rules, easy entry of disaster relief

07 October 2017, Comment are Off
The lawmaker who was the first to point out the tedious requirements in shipping balikbayan boxes today praised the order of Commissioner Isidro Lapena to freeze the Bureau of Customs’ guidelines on tax-free packages sent home by OFWs “as a blow against red tape.” Senate...

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...