Recto to GRP-NDF negotiators: Forge ceasefire before Lent

13 March 2017, Comment are Off
After Communist and government negotiators agreed over the weekend to resume peace talks next month, a senator is prodding the two sides to make good on their promise to observe a truce before the Holy Week in April. “Whether unilaterally declared or mutually agreed, the people...

To secure funding, answer security questions, broadband project must be in ‘18 budget

13 March 2017, Comment are Off
Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto is backing the government’s plan to build a national broadband network by 2020, saying such “critical infrastructure is needed for the country to win the future.” To jumpstart its rollout, Recto is urging main proponent Department of...

Recto bats for Benham Rise protection strategy

12 March 2017, Comment are Off
Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto today called on the executive department to immediately craft a comprehensive strategy aimed at protecting Benham Rise, a 13-million-hectare underwater plateau off the coast of Aurora, from foreign incursion. “No ifs or buts. The...

Explanation of Vote on Paris Climate Treaty

14 March 2017, Comment are Off
‘No Other Treaty Is More Important Than The One For Mankind’s Survival’ Explanation of Vote on the Resolution Concurring in the Ratification of the Paris Climate Treaty, by Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto Mr. President, my dear colleagues: First, allow me to thank and...

‘Why It Is Hard and Heartless to Veto a P3,000 PERA for Public Workers’

13 March 2017, Comment are Off
One item in the government employee payslip turns 26 this year. In June 1991, pursuant to that year’s General Appropriations Act, a Personnel Economic Relief Allowance in the amount of P500 a month was granted to all government employees. Two years later, an “Additional...

Free tuition is not an unrecoverable expense; it is an investment with a high return

13 March 2017, Comment are Off
Explanation of Vote of Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto On SB No. 1304 – Affordable Higher Education for All Act 13 March 2017 Mr. President, my dear colleagues: The costs this bill would entail are not unrecoverable expenses. They are investments with high...

‘Agencies must spend the buck and not pass the buck’

27 November 2016, Comment are Off
There is an emerging bad habit among agencies to transfer their allocations to other agencies and then report such transactions as fund utilization. In the case of the Department of Transportation, this is the scheme resorted to in its unused budget for airport improvement...

‘ERC needed to police power industry. Change the people, don’t abolish it’

21 November 2016, Comment are Off
Change the people, but do not abolish the body. Improve it, reform it, but do not dismantle it. Change the software, upgrade the hardware. Then reboot. The ERC must stay to police the electricity market. Somebody should blow the whistle on anti-competitive practices in an...

Scientists, not bureaucrats, must greenlight BNPP rehab – Recto

12 November 2016, Comment are Off
The greenlight to rehabilitate must come from scientists, based on an unassailable study whose conclusion is that a dead plant can be safely resurrected beyond reasonable doubt. It should be a science-based decision, and not because someone has a “lightbulb” moment and then...