Dads may get 30-day share of Expanded Maternity Leave

07 March 2017, Comment are Off
Due to ‘pasa-load’ provision Even men stand to gain from the bill expanding maternity benefits as it allows a mother to transfer to the father of the child up to 30 days of the 120 days of allowed maternity leave for child-care duties. This, according to Senate...

626 ‘Doctor to the Barrios’ slots unfilled, nalagasan pa—Recto

04 March 2017, Comment are Off
Only one in three slots in the government’s Doctor to the Barrios (DTTB) program was filled in 2015 and 2016, raising calls in the Senate to make the program’s incentives more attractive to lure more physicians to rural practice. Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto revealed...

Death penalty debate will be full-blown, no-restraints open mic for all- Recto

03 March 2017, Comment are Off
There will be “full-blown, no-restraints” debates on the death penalty bill in the Upper Chamber, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto assured today. “At whatever level, the discussions will not be abbreviated. It will be open mic for all,” Recto said, adding “it has never...

Co-Sponsorship Speech on the 2014 General Appropriations Bill

19 November 2013, Comment are Off
Co-Sponsorship Speech of Sen. Ralph G. Recto On the 2014 General Appropriations Bill Mr. President: This is an unconventional sponsorship speech but these are not ordinary times. When it comes to introducing the national budget, the parliamentary tradition is to rattle off a...

Privilege Speech on Sin Tax Measures

15 October 2012, Comment are Off
Privilege Speech Delivered by Sen. Ralph G. Recto Mr. President, my dear colleagues, magandang hapon. Clearly, I am the national punching bag of the week. And I am not surprised. Because if you are head of the Ways and Means committee, expect to be pilloried and never be praised....

Sponsorship Speech on Sin Tax Measures

10 October 2012, Comment are Off
Sponsorship Speech of Sen. Ralph G. Recto on SB No. 3299 Under Committee Report No. 411 Committee on Ways and Means Mr. President : No Senate was ever a bulwark of taxation. This one has never been. To every overture of a new tax, its reply has never been of ratification but of...