Amid reports of underspending, senators to grill agencies on fund utilization

27 July 2017, Comment are Off
Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said senators would cross party lines in asking agencies during the 2018 national budget hearings if they are on track in spending their current year allocations to find out if underspending still plagues budget utilization as it had in...

Recto: PH to take half-century to wipe out irrigation backlog

26 July 2017, Comment are Off
At the rate government is spending for irrigation, it will take almost a half a century to bring water to all of the country’s 1.3 million hectares of “irrigable land,” Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto said today. Recto made this point following the Senate’s approval of a...

Recto to BOC: Revisit your rule requiring OFWs to include receipts of new goods in balikbayan box

26 July 2017, Comment are Off
Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto has urged the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to start amending its rules in the shipment of balikbayan boxes, beginning “with some commonsensical changes” to regulations which had elicited complaints from overseas Filipino workers. “For example,...

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...