100K arrested for drugs boost BJMP jail pop to 150K

06 September 2017, Comment are Off
Inmate population in 466 Bureau of Jail Management and Penology-run jails in the country soared to 142,282 by end of last June, doubling since 2013, or in just 42 months. This rapid rise, according to Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto, is putting a strain on state...

No need for supplemental budget, include Bangon Marawi fund in nat’l budget

04 September 2017, Comment are Off
Marawi has given Mindanao “knowledge and power” worth hundreds of billions of pesos that any amount government will spend to rehabilitate the war-ravaged city by the lake will only be a fraction of what it has given to Mindanao for more than half a century. Senate President...

Congress to allot P3 B to bring 7,000 schools’ out of the dark age’

03 September 2017, Comment are Off
The proposed budget to bring electricity to public schools will jump nine-fold to almost P3 billion next year, a crucial step in bringing an estimated 7,413 schools “out of the dark ages,” Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto said today. One in six government elementary and...

Speech Endorsing the Confirmation of Senator Alan Peter Cayetano as Foreign Affairs Secretary

17 May 2017, Comment are Off
Mr. Chairman, my dear colleagues : I stand with you today in endorsing the demotion of our dear colleague from a senator of the Republic to its top diplomat. His 19 years in Congress – 9 years in the Bigger House and 10 in the Better House – have prepared him for the grueling job...

Sponsorship Speech : Extending the Validity of Driver’s License

15 May 2017, Comment are Off
Senate Bill 1449: Driver’s License Validity Extension Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto Mr. President, distinguished colleagues: This sponsorship speech on the bill extending the driver’s license validity from three years to five years and for its renewal extended to...

Extending the validity of Philippine Passport : ‘A Simple Solution That Will Benefit 30 Million Filipinos’

04 May 2017, Comment are Off
Sponsorship Speech by Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto SB 1365: Extending the Validity of the Philippine Passport This bill is pretty straightforward: It extends the period of validity of the Philippine passport from five to ten years. But once it becomes a law, its...

Statement on the gov’t proposal to raise car registration fees

02 August 2017, Comment are Off
Government has a triple whammy tax proposal on vehicles. Already known are the proposed additional taxes on motor vehicles and on the fuels that run them. Not yet on the public radar is the third one, which seeks to double car registration fees, or what is officially known as the...

Infra boom needs a builder-in-chief ‘Focus on infra, pivot from helmet presidency to hardhat presidency’

25 July 2017, Comment are Off
A SONA is a report card for the past year, and explains the homework for the next year. Unfortunately, the theatrics can get in the way of the tasks. A SONA is a report card for the past year, and explains the homework for the next year. Unfortunately, the theatrics can get in...

Statement of Senator Ralph Recto on Declaring Martial Law in Mindanao

24 May 2017, Comment are Off
Declaring Martial Law in Mindanao is a drastic and dramatic move. The solution needed to suppress the Abu Sayyaf and the Maute groups may need a drastic and dramatic move. I don’t have all the facts now but the President will have to explain his move to Congress and get our...