Recto: Free public Wi-Fi means faster internet for all Pinoys

13 March 2017, Comment are Off
The free public Wi-Fi bill approved by the Senate today will not only make internet services available to all Filipinos, but will make sure that broadband services are faster and more efficient. “Today marks the era that we, Filipinos, finally commence the march to digital...

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...

‘If Internet Access is a Human Right, WiFi is a Basic Public Service’

13 March 2017, Comment are Off
It is my pleasure to finally vote on a bill which I first filed in May 2014. Although the Free National Wi-Fi Project is now in full swing by virtue of another legislative route—through three General Appropriations Acts, including this year’s—still the best way to guarantee its...

Explanation of Vote: Expanded Maternity Leave Act

06 March 2017, Comment are Off
Mr. President, my dear colleagues: A wag once said that if men were to get pregnant, “maternity leave would last for two years with full pay, and morning sickness would rank as the nation’s number one health problem.” Hopefully, the passage of this bill won’t lead to the mass...

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...

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...

On the ‘end’ of US relations, joining Russia-China ‘axis’

21 October 2016, Comment are Off
Foreign policy rebalancing should not mean that we swing the pendulum to the other extreme, that we dump old friends for new suitors. We should practice big-tent diplomacy, welcoming all, and shunning no one. The national interest is served by extending amity to all, and...

On the passing of Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago

29 September 2016, Comment are Off
To borrow Kennedy, Senator Miriam’s mastery of the Constitution was awesome that when 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, second only to the times when Senator...