Give quick-reaction fund to embassies in war-threatened countries—Recto

13 August 2017, Comment are Off
Seoul post’s P109 M budget less than 1% of P28 B SoKor OFWs sent in 3 yrs Philippine embassies in conflict-threatened countries should be given a “quick reaction fund” that would allow them to bring Filipinos out of harm’s way once a crisis becomes full-blown, Senate...

Palace must fix Customs mess or gov’t programs suffer

11 August 2017, Comment are Off
Nation dependent on P1.3 B BOC daily collections; Palace must fix Customs mess or gov’t programs suffer The Bureau of Customs collects revenues which fund public services that we all enjoy. When it fails in its collection, government programs falter. When taxes it is...

Use NBI, intel fund, NAIA big income to smash Maleta Gang

10 August 2017, Comment are Off
Government should arrest the leaders and smash the syndicate of NAIA personnel who have been stealing from the bags of passengers, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto said today. Recto made the call following the arrest of four baggage handlers for allegedly stealing the...

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...

Future Proofing Our Country: Why DICT is an App We Need

16 March 2015, Comment are Off
Senate Bill No. 2686 Committee Report 113 Mr. President, my dear colleagues: This bill about broadband is not only being pushed by a broad band of groups, but has also benefited from their inputs which were gathered from many meetings. I have to stress the crowdsourcing way by...

From the Farmers to the Farmers: Tapping Coco Levy Funds for the Industry’s Renaissance

09 March 2015, Comment are Off
There are two recommended ways of authorizing the management of coconut levy assets. First is via the executive route, where a factotum who cannot probably distinguish a palmera from a coconut tree will draft an order for the President’s consideration. The other is through...

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...

I rechanneled my PDAF to the Calamity Fund

09 January 2014, Comment are Off
Statement of Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto I rechanneled my PDAF to the Calamity Fund It is of public record that I requested that the P200 million in PDAF earmarked for my office be realigned to the Calamity Fund so it can be used to help Yolanda victims. When...