‘SSS deduction is payroll tax so buck stops with President, not with unelected bureaucrats’ — Recto

18 January 2017, Comment are Off
Because it is a payroll tax, the power to approve the rate of a Social Security System member’s monthly contribution should remain with the President, Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto insisted today. “When it comes to any mandatory deduction from a workingman’s income, the buck...

Recto backs Bato in running after ‘toknap’ cops

17 January 2017, Comment are Off
Philippine National Police chief Ronald de la Rosa should crack down hard on rogue policemen who use the PNP’s anti-drug campaign as a smokescreen to extort money and commit crimes against civilians. The call was made by Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto who urged the PNP...

Duterte told: Certify bills extending passport validity to 10 years

17 January 2017, Comment are Off
Passing a law extending the validity period of a Philippine passport from 5 to 10 years is “one low-hanging fruit” Congress can pick, a move that will immediately benefit millions of Filipino travelers and migrant workers, Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto said today. And if...

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,...

Don’t Let The Well Run Dry

25 March 2015, Comment are Off
WATER PHILIPPINES EXPO & CONFERENCE 2015 Securing, Shaping and Greening Our Water Future Through Innovation Magandang umaga po sa inyong lahat. Some of us today may have skipped breakfast, but I know that there were four things we surely did this morning: Drank water, brushed...

“What about Santi?”

22 October 2013, Comment are Off
We would like to remind thenational government to also address the devastation caused by Santi. As of October 16, according to theNDRRMC itself, the only assistance coming from the central government wasthe P6.6 million worth of relief goods from the DSWD. I am sure,however, that...

Transform PDAF into ‘Priority Disaster Assistance Fund’

18 October 2013, Comment are Off
It is perhaps time to thaw the frozen pork and use it to help victims of the Visayas earthquake, Typhoon Santi and the siege of Zamboanga. Withheld PDAF can be converted into a Priority Disaster Assistance Fund. To effect the release, the Senate can issue a resolution authorizing...

Statement of Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph G. Recto on the scrapping of PDAF (pork barrel)

22 August 2013, Comment are Off
I support the scrapping of PDAF. However, the entire national budget should be more transparent. All projects should be by line item in the General Appropriations Act (GAA) so every local government, district and community will know where the money is spent and what to expect. We...