Recto: Palace told to declassify ‘redacted’ intel reports used as ML basis

20 July 2017, Comment are Off
Malacañang has been urged to declassify and make public the intelligence reports it has used as basis in asking Congress to extend the period of Martial Law in Mindanao until the end of the year. In so far as information that will not put our soldiers in harm’s way or jeopardize...

Digong told: Make sure that 10-year passports aren’t twice as expensive

20 July 2017, Comment are Off
As President Duterte is “days, if not hours away” from signing a law doubling the period of validity of the Philippine passport to 10 years, a senator reminded the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) of the Senate’s “clear intent” that fees of the new passports be retained at...

From bomb, bomb bomb to build, build build Extending aid more important than extending ML -Recto

19 July 2017, Comment are Off
A prolonged Martial Law in Mindanao should be accompanied with massive reconstruction of “homes, livelihood and public works” destroyed by the fighting in Marawi City, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto said. “Whether we extend Martial Law or not, what is present in either...

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...