Recto: Next year’s P37-B Calamity Fund silent on unfinished Yolanda work

11 November 2016, Comment are Off
Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto today called for the itemization of Yolanda reconstruction projects in next year’s proposed P37.2 billion Calamity Fund “in order to complete all rehabilitation work by end of 2017.” “There is still much work to be done in Eastern Visayas but...

Recto: US snub must prod PH to tap local arms industry

02 November 2016, Comment are Off
The thwarted sale of assault rifles to the Philippine National Police (PNP) should prompt the government to jumpstart a program to locally manufacture arms and military equipment, Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto said today. “It is a wake-up call for us to stop totally relying...

DSWD, DOF reminded: Magpa-Pasko na, wala pa ring implementing rules ang PWD law?

27 October 2016, Comment are Off
Magpa-Pasko na, wala pa ring implementing rules? Seven months after it was signed into law, Republic Act 10754, which grants persons with disabilities (PWDs) goods discounts and tax breaks, remains in limbo after the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) has yet to be issued...

‘When Restos Offer Free Wi-Fi But Not Free Water, It’s Time To Strengthen Our Local Water Providers’

27 January 2015, Comment are Off
Co-Sponsorship Speech on SB No. 2518, CR No. 94 On the Condonation of Tax Liabilities of Water Districts Local Water Districts A typical Pinoy uses 180 liters of water daily – largely because he bathes twice, and she thrice a day. This comes up to a per capita water consumption...

Time to Install a Rearview Mirror on the National Budget

18 November 2014, Comment are Off
Sponsorship Speech on the 2015 National Budget One hundred years ago the national budget was less than 30 pages long, that when folded, members of the Philippine legislature can carry it around in their pocket. Today, budget documents are hauled by forklifts and sent to Congress...

Raise the tax exemption on 13th month pay – Co-sponsorship speech on SB No. 2437 under Committee Report No. 84

22 October 2014, Comment are Off
Co-sponsorship speech on SB No. 2437 under Committee Report No. 84 No tax law is chiseled in stone.  Revenue laws get amended or changed overtime. Economic developments trigger revisions in our tax code. So does technological advancement. For tax laws to be relevant, they must...

Addition to the ‘Few Good Men’ in the BOC

16 September 2011, Comment are Off
The appointment of former Rep. Ruffy Biazon to the Bureau of Customs (BOC) could be one of the best decisions made by PNoy. This latest increase in few good men in the BOC is the one increment that would be gladly embraced by the public. Ruffy is an unblemished reinforcement to...