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...

Dissent is not destab—Recto

28 February 2017, Comment are Off
There’s no ‘destab’, no Ides of March, or May, or June, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto stressed today. “I think we should dial back the talks on conspiracy theories because there are none,” Recto said. “Kung sino man ang bumubulong sa tenga ng Presidente na beware of...

Sponsorship Speech: Ease of Doing Business Act

08 February 2017, Comment are Off
Mr. President, my dear colleagues, magandang hapon po. The bill is pretty straightforward, so instead of reiterating its provisions, may I just describe the social context, the government culture, and the business atmosphere which makes its passage urgent. Red tape is an...

On the Confirmation of the Appointment of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

01 February 2017, Comment are Off
Mr. Chairman, my dear colleagues: If a rice farmer will plant a hectare by his lonesome, it is said that he has to bend forward 200,000 times to punch palay seedlings into the soil. But first, he must plow the land, slogging 40 kilometers, kasing haba ng marathon, in knee-deep...

The Future of Governance: Challenges and Opportunities”

27 January 2017, Comment are Off
Presentation of Senate Minority Leader Ralph G. Recto SMC’s Agenda 2017: Building Better Futures Makati Diamond Residences, 27 January 2017 Magandang umaga po sa inyong lahat. It is my honor to be with the people who produce 4 percent of the GDP, and with Ramon who accounts...

‘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...

Recto : Gameplan needed in rebooting PH-US ties under Trump

09 November 2016, Comment are Off
Here’s what Duterte should do in the opening days of the Trump era. First, send a nice congratulatory letter. And declare a moratorium on cursing. He should stop dropping F-bombs on the White House occupant. Those intercontinental expletives he fires do no good. Second, tap VP...