Explanation of vote on Senate Resolution No. 508 (nominating Miriam Santiago for conferment of the Quezon Service Cross)

27 September 2017, Comment are Off
To borrow Kennedy, Senator Miriam’s mastery of the Constitution was awesome that when the best constitutional experts will be summoned to the Senate in the future, it can only be regarded as the greatest gathering of legal minds in one room, except when Senator Miriam dined alone...

With 25,000 casuals, DSWD is ‘endo capital’ of gov’t – Recto

27 September 2017, Comment are Off
Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto today called for the initial doubling of the number of permanent job items in the Department of Social Welfare and Development— which he called the “contractualization capital” of the bureaucracy—due to its high number of temporary...

Congested jails to run out of food money by October, Recto warns

26 September 2017, Comment are Off
About 150,000 inmates in 446 Bureau of Jail Management and Penology-run jails in the country may face “a forced last quarter diet” as their food budget is expected to run out by mid-October due to the surge in the number of detainees locked up for drug offenses. Recto said BJMP’s...

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...

Recto thanks ‘teacher-in-chief’ for signing tuition law, says funding, implementation must be ironed out

04 August 2017, Comment are Off
I would like to thank the country’s teacher-in-chief for signing into law the free college tuition bill. This law occupies a place among landmark social legislations. If a teacher affects eternity, so does a president who removes obstacles to learning. By signing the law, he is...

Statement on signing of laws extending validity of passports and driver’s licenses

02 August 2017, Comment are Off
Extending validity of licenses, passports shouldn’t make them more expensive I would like to thank President Duterte for signing into law the bills extending the period of validity of a passport to 10 years, and that of a driver’s license to five years. These are anti-red tape...

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...