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...

117th Philippine Independence Day Celebration

17 June 2015, Comment are Off
Plaza La Independencia, Lipa City Magandang umaga po sa inyong lahat. Ang Lipa at ang buong Batangas ay duyan ng magiting. Sino mang may duda ay kailangan lamang titigan ang ating bandila, at tingnan ang kanyang araw, sapagkat ang isa sa walong silahis ay kumakatawan sa isa sa...

Claro M. Recto District Hospital Inauguration

12 June 2015, Comment are Off
Magandang umaga po sa inyong lahat. Meron pong kasabihan na kung ano pa ang maganda ay s’yang malayo, at kung ano pa ang kanais-nais ay s’yang mahirap abutin. Ganyan po ang napakagandang bayan ng Infanta. Siguro iniluklok ito dito upang pawiin ang pagod ng sinumang dumayo para...

Giving Hope to the PAGASA of the Nation

10 June 2015, Comment are Off
SPONSORSHIP SPEECH ON THE PAGASA MODERNIZATION ACT by Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto In one sentence, this bill is about giving hope to PAGASA. Whether we live in a place that sizzles in May or is submerged in water in July, we rely on the Philippine Atmospheric,...

On higher LRT fares, longer campaign period, and Mar’s resignation

04 August 2015, Comment are Off
On the proposed LRT fare increase: It should go through public hearings or at the very least the people must be told the need, the justification and the legal basis. Most important, fare hike proponents must explain what improvements will a fare increase bring. What are the...

On the murder of Mei Magsino

15 April 2015, Comment are Off
I strongly condemn the murder of Mei Magsino who gave Batangueños an image of what a crusading and courageous journalist should be. As a member of the press, Mei practiced her craft with guts and grit, her prose and insight as sharp as balisong, which she used to peel the...

Poe report is FPJ –fair, perceptive and judicious

17 March 2015, Comment are Off
Pinasadahan ko nang mabilis ang ilang parte ng report. My first impression is that it is Fair, Perceptive and Judicious – FPJ. It will contribute so much in explaining the tragedy that was Mamasapano, in drawing lessons so it won’t happen again, assign culpabilities, and...