Palace should step in to avert “transport crisis” in Uber/Grab issue

19 July 2017, Comment are Off
Malacañang should treat the grounding of Uber and Grab cars in Metro Manila as a “transport crisis” comparable to a “total MRT breakdown or a paralyzing jeepney strike.” “In a mass transport-starved metropolis of 13 million, these ride-hailing companies provide a cruci...

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...

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...