Tap local industries in modernizing the military before touching that $500-million loan

16 May 2017, Comment are Off
Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto today cautioned the Duterte administration against the reported plan to take on the $500-million loan being offered by the Chinese government to modernize the Philippine military. “We must stop relying on foreign suppliers to modernize the...

Recto sponsors P3,000 ‘PERA’ for gov’t employees

14 March 2017, Comment are Off
Government employees, whether regular or casual, may soon find a raise in their monthly pay slip if the Senate adopts the recommendation of its committee increasing the Personnel Economic Relief Allowance (PERA) from P2,000 to P3,000. Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto has...

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...

Sponsorship Speech : Extending the Validity of Driver’s License

15 May 2017, Comment are Off
Senate Bill 1449: Driver’s License Validity Extension Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto Mr. President, distinguished colleagues: This sponsorship speech on the bill extending the driver’s license validity from three years to five years and for its renewal extended to...

Extending the validity of Philippine Passport : ‘A Simple Solution That Will Benefit 30 Million Filipinos’

04 May 2017, Comment are Off
Sponsorship Speech by Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto SB 1365: Extending the Validity of the Philippine Passport This bill is pretty straightforward: It extends the period of validity of the Philippine passport from five to ten years. But once it becomes a law, its...

On the Confirmation of the Appointment of Education Secretary Leonor Briones

15 March 2017, Comment are Off
Mr. Chairman, my dear colleagues: My nominee was my teacher at the UP College of Public Administration many moons ago. Whenever we meet, I never fail to call her “my favorite teacher,” to which she replies, and always in a loud voice for everyone to hear, that I was her favorite...

Bato urged to solve murder of Islokar ng Bayan turned barrio doctor

03 March 2017, Comment are Off
Bato should make it his personal mission to find the killers of Dr. Dreyfuss Perlas, the barrio doctor who was shot death March 1 in Lanao Norte. As a government scholar himself (MSU and PMA), Bato should find it not hard to empathize with the familiar story of a Iskolar ng Bayan...

‘Bad peace is better than just war’

05 February 2017, Comment are Off
A bad peace is always better than a just war. The two parties must be pulled back from the brink of reigniting the conflict. This would involve reconsidering incendiary statements issued during the past week, and revoking directives issued. It is never too late to give peace...

No Basis to Consider ML Declaration – Recto

16 January 2017, Comment are Off
We should know by now that such theatrical bombast is part of the President’s oratorical repertoire. His bluster should be likened to a dog that always barks but seldom bites. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during the Philippines’ ASEAN Chairmanship launch at...