626 ‘Doctor to the Barrios’ slots unfilled, nalagasan pa—Recto

04 March 2017, Comment are Off
Only one in three slots in the government’s Doctor to the Barrios (DTTB) program was filled in 2015 and 2016, raising calls in the Senate to make the program’s incentives more attractive to lure more physicians to rural practice. Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto revealed...

Death penalty debate will be full-blown, no-restraints open mic for all- Recto

03 March 2017, Comment are Off
There will be “full-blown, no-restraints” debates on the death penalty bill in the Upper Chamber, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto assured today. “At whatever level, the discussions will not be abbreviated. It will be open mic for all,” Recto said, adding “it has never...

Dissent is not destab—Recto

28 February 2017, Comment are Off
There’s no ‘destab’, no Ides of March, or May, or June, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto stressed today. “I think we should dial back the talks on conspiracy theories because there are none,” Recto said. “Kung sino man ang bumubulong sa tenga ng Presidente na beware of...

Making Tax Incentives Transparent

03 March 2015, Comment are Off
Committee Report No. 104  Tax Incentives Management and Transparency Act (TIMTA) You know that a bill is attracting interest when you begin your sponsorship speech not with the details of the measure but with a disclaimer. This bill will not appropriate tax incentives availed; it...

Time to Boost Govt Spending for Oral Health: A State of the Ngipin Address (SONA)

26 February 2015, Comment are Off
“Para Sa Batang Pinoy” 2015 National Congress on Oral Health for Filipino Children Philippine Pediatric Dental Society, Inc. Thank you for that kind introduction. Magandang umaga po sa inyong lahat. I am supposed to be in a meeting that will establish the Mamasapano...

The Importance of a Department of Information and Communications Technology

24 February 2015, Comment are Off
1st General Membership Meeting INFOCOMM TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION OF THE PHILIPPINES (ITAP) Thank you for that kind introduction, even if midway through your spiel, I was wondering if you were describing me or someone else. When I got hold of your invite, the first impression that...

Statement on Tax Exemptions of International Air Carriers SBN 3065

02 February 2012, Comment are Off
OPENING STATEMENT OF SEN. RALPH G. RECTO COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS PUBLIC HEARING FEB. 2, 2012 SBN 3065 – Tax Exemptions of International Air Carriers First on our agenda is Senate Bill 3065, which seeks to abolish the 3% Common Carriers Tax (CCT) and the 2 ½ % Gross...

Statement of Sen. Ralph Recto on the recent violent events in Muslim Mindanao

25 October 2011, Comment are Off
The doves have prevailed over the hawks. The President has demonstrated a great amount of grace under pressure in choosing to wage peace instead of turning ‘juramentado’ in the wake of fresh violence in Muslim Mindanao, which resulted to the sorry loss of lives of soldiers and...

Statement on the Supreme Court’s decision on the ARMM polls deferment

19 October 2011, Comment are Off
The Supreme Court has finally locked arms with the executive and the legislative departments in sowing the first seeds of reforms in ARMM. By upholding the constitutionality of the ARMM polls deferment, the high court’s magistrates have humbly corrected themselves. It did the...