Recto urges release of billions in Calamity Fund for Marawi City rehabilitation, aid to civilians

30 May 2017, Comment are Off
Malacañang has been urged to rush a “humanitarian army” to Marawi City and to nearby places where the “spillover of a massive wave of evacuees” are straining local resources to grant them comfort and aid, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said today. Recto said there are...

Congress approved bill making public WiFi not only free but fast

30 May 2017, Comment are Off
The free public WiFi bill which has been approved by Congress will not only make internet services available to all Filipinos, but will make sure that broadband services are faster and more efficient, its main proponent, Sen. Ralph Recto, said today. The bill is now headed to...

Recto to Palace: Include cost of free public college in 2018 nat’l budget

30 May 2017, Comment are Off
After both houses of Congress ratified the reconciled version of the bill making tuition in public colleges free, Malacañang should include the cost of the program in the 2018 national budget. The call was made by Sen. Ralph Recto, author of the bill, who said that without funds...

‘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...