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

16 May 2017, Comment are Off
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...

Recto sponsors P3,000 ‘PERA’ for gov’t employees

14 March 2017, Comment are Off
Government employees, whether regular or casual, may soon find a raise in their monthly pay slip if the Senate adopts the recommendation of its committee increasing the Personnel Economic Relief Allowance (PERA) from P2,000 to P3,000. Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto has...

Recto: Free public Wi-Fi means faster internet for all Pinoys

13 March 2017, Comment are Off
The free public Wi-Fi bill approved by the Senate today will not only make internet services available to all Filipinos, but will make sure that broadband services are faster and more efficient. “Today marks the era that we, Filipinos, finally commence the march to digital...

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...

Sponsorship Speech : Extending the Validity of Driver’s License

15 May 2017, Comment are Off
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...

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...

Bato urged to solve murder of Islokar ng Bayan turned barrio doctor

03 March 2017, Comment are Off
Bato should make it his personal mission to find the killers of Dr. Dreyfuss Perlas, the barrio doctor who was shot death March 1 in Lanao Norte. As a government scholar himself (MSU and PMA), Bato should find it not hard to empathize with the familiar story of a Iskolar ng Bayan...