Recto to Bato: We find faults, but we also find extra funds

04 October 2017, Comment are Off
The Senate may find fault in the PNP, but it also finds funding for them. And the Senate helps the police when it does both. Far from ingrates, the Senate has expressed its support to the PNP by not only approving, year in and year out, a higher budget for the PNP, but adds more...

Put budget promises like 15-min PNP response, 40-kph MRT speed in ‘BOSS’

30 September 2017, Comment are Off
One post-budget enactment document the government can publish is a catalogue of performance guarantees issued by agencies, from how fast travellers should exit out of airport immigration queues to police response time. Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, who made this...

‘Extra judicial funding’ needed to fight crime, boost rule of law— Recto

29 September 2017, Comment are Off
One way to fight crime and keep communities safe is through “extra judicial funding” which will modernize courts and equip public attorneys and prosecutors with the resources that will reduce case backlogs and move the wheels of justice quickly, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph...

Senate Bill 1483: Fiscal and Monetary Report Act of 2017

31 July 2017, Comment are Off
Mr. President: To join the economic cluster of the Cabinet is to become a travelling salesman. Membership in that team means one must travel tens of thousands of miles a year to attract billions in investments, or to borrow money in the billions. A Finance secretary hawks bonds...

Bringing Healthcare to Juan and Juana: Universal Healthcare in the Communities

29 May 2017, Comment are Off
Thank you. Magandang hapon po sa inyong lahat. I am happy and honored to be here today. What I’ve noticed is that there is no universal oath that binds politicians, unlike physicians who have their famous “First, do no harm” pledge. But if ever there will be a contest to coin one...

Sponsorship Speech on Senate Bill 1465: Free Irrigation Service to Small Farmers

23 May 2017, Comment are Off
If the middle class’s patriotism is soluble in taxes, the one of farmers can also dissolve in irrigation fees. For years, farmers have been clamoring for a moratorium on irrigation payments. Basically, what they seek is parity—to be treated the same way that conglomerates have...

Body cams to cut body count, stop bounty killings

07 September 2017, Comment are Off
‘Every move you make, every law you break, every ops you fake, they’ll be watching you’ Body cams will bring down the body count and stop the bounty killings. The government has the money and the mandate to purchase vest- and car dashboard-mounted cameras for...

PNP must justify P1B request for Tokhang II

20 August 2017, Comment are Off
I expect that the review of the events on that fateful night in Caloocan which led to the death of a young man will be pursued in many fronts. Kian’s life was ended so dastardly that it has united the nation in anger and grief. This national pain can only be salved by the...

Recto: Big job, mega-billion budget, 29 M clients await new DSWD chief

17 August 2017, Comment are Off
The next DSWD secretary should be in the mold of the 10 women who had held that post since 1986. If tradition is to be followed, there’s a high bar to be met in choosing the head of an agency that helps those who have fallen through the cracks of society. Recite their names and...