No need for CHR funds to buy bodycams—Recto

18 September 2017, Comment are Off
There are enough sources in the 2017 national budget which could fund the immediate purchase of police body cameras, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said. “If the need is urgent, why wait for the enactment of the 2018 budget? There is also no need to rechannel the...

Use tokhang budget to address PNP lack of 24,647 vehicles, 91,804 guns

11 September 2017, Comment are Off
Senate President Pro -Tempore Ralph Recto said the P900 million proposed 2018 “tokhang” budget of the Philippine National Police should remain with the agency but “rechanneled for the purchase of needed equipment.” Recto said that the PNP itself has admitted that it lacks 12,399...

Gov’t drug treatment centers poised to get P2 B cut

09 September 2017, Comment are Off
The proposed Department of Health budget for next year’s operations of government-run drug abuse treatment and rehabilitation centers will get a massive P2.31 billion cut under the 2018 national budget bill. The DOH has a proposed gross 2018 budget of P164.8 billion, 9 percent up...

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...

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...

Recto thanks ‘teacher-in-chief’ for signing tuition law, says funding, implementation must be ironed out

04 August 2017, Comment are Off
I would like to thank the country’s teacher-in-chief for signing into law the free college tuition bill. This law occupies a place among landmark social legislations. If a teacher affects eternity, so does a president who removes obstacles to learning. By signing the law, he is...

Statement on signing of laws extending validity of passports and driver’s licenses

02 August 2017, Comment are Off
Extending validity of licenses, passports shouldn’t make them more expensive I would like to thank President Duterte for signing into law the bills extending the period of validity of a passport to 10 years, and that of a driver’s license to five years. These are anti-red tape...