Recto: Free public Wi-Fi means faster internet for all Pinoys

13 March 2017, Comment are Off
The free public Wi-Fi bill approved by the Senate today will not only make internet services available to all Filipinos, but will make sure that broadband services are faster and more efficient. “Today marks the era that we, Filipinos, finally commence the march to digital...

Recto to GRP-NDF negotiators: Forge ceasefire before Lent

13 March 2017, Comment are Off
After Communist and government negotiators agreed over the weekend to resume peace talks next month, a senator is prodding the two sides to make good on their promise to observe a truce before the Holy Week in April. “Whether unilaterally declared or mutually agreed, the people...

To secure funding, answer security questions, broadband project must be in ‘18 budget

13 March 2017, Comment are Off
Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto is backing the government’s plan to build a national broadband network by 2020, saying such “critical infrastructure is needed for the country to win the future.” To jumpstart its rollout, Recto is urging main proponent Department of...

‘When Restos Offer Free Wi-Fi But Not Free Water, It’s Time To Strengthen Our Local Water Providers’

27 January 2015, Comment are Off
Co-Sponsorship Speech on SB No. 2518, CR No. 94 On the Condonation of Tax Liabilities of Water Districts Local Water Districts A typical Pinoy uses 180 liters of water daily – largely because he bathes twice, and she thrice a day. This comes up to a per capita water consumption...

Time to Install a Rearview Mirror on the National Budget

18 November 2014, Comment are Off
Sponsorship Speech on the 2015 National Budget One hundred years ago the national budget was less than 30 pages long, that when folded, members of the Philippine legislature can carry it around in their pocket. Today, budget documents are hauled by forklifts and sent to Congress...

Raise the tax exemption on 13th month pay – Co-sponsorship speech on SB No. 2437 under Committee Report No. 84

22 October 2014, Comment are Off
Co-sponsorship speech on SB No. 2437 under Committee Report No. 84 No tax law is chiseled in stone.  Revenue laws get amended or changed overtime. Economic developments trigger revisions in our tax code. So does technological advancement. For tax laws to be relevant, they must...

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...

Addition to the ‘Few Good Men’ in the BOC

16 September 2011, Comment are Off
The appointment of former Rep. Ruffy Biazon to the Bureau of Customs (BOC) could be one of the best decisions made by PNoy. This latest increase in few good men in the BOC is the one increment that would be gladly embraced by the public. Ruffy is an unblemished reinforcement to...