Don’t go back knocking on doors, knock out ASG instead – Recto

28 February 2017, Comment are Off
Instead of resuming its door-to-door tokhang operations to plead drug users to quit, government should “knock out bigger threats like the Abu Sayyaf and other local ISIS groups,” Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said today. But if ever the war on drugs should be scaled...

Recto calls for safety nets for displaced mine workers

06 February 2017, Comment are Off
‘Offer part of DENR’s P7B tree-planting fund to them’ Government should use part of its multi-billion-peso tree-planting budget this year in helping workers displaced by its order to close 23 mines. Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto said that the P6.93 billion fund...

‘Pasig River duty for rogue cops must help not just Digong’s boat but ferry project’

06 February 2017, Comment are Off
The plan of Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa to assign 387 erring Metro Manila cops to rid Pasig River of water lilies has gotten the backing of Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto. But Recto said the policemen’s Pasig River mission should go beyond...

‘Free Public College Tuition is Not Too Big to Fund’

24 January 2017, Comment are Off
Sponsorship Speech Free Higher Education For All Act Senate Minority Leader Ralph G. Recto 24 January 2017   Mr. President, dear colleagues, magandang hapon po. The House had passed the proposed amendments to the New Bangko Sentral Act. Buried in its fine print is the...

Free WiFI is ‘Liberation Technology’ Which Must Prod Urgent Telecom Reforms

14 December 2016, Comment are Off
When the Senate first convened in a rented house near Malacañang 100 years ago, its 24 members were summoned by telegram or by post which took days to arrive. Communication was so bad that a Navy boat had to be dispatched from Zamboanga to inform and fetch Senator Buto from Jolo....

Statement on the Bicameral Conference Committee Approval of the National Budget for 2017

13 December 2016, Comment are Off
We are pleased to note that the General Appropriations Bill for 2017, which the Bicameral Conference Committee has approved for ratification by both chambers, carry the amendments initiated by the Senate minority leader. Foremost is the P8 billion Free College Tuition Fund that...

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...

Recto : Investors are attracted by incentives, not repelled by invectives

23 September 2016, Comment are Off
Hard-nosed investors are attracted by incentives, and are not easily repelled by invectives. They go to where money can be made, and the Philippine is an irresistible large market of over 100 million consumers. Kung saan pa nga ang maraming mura, doon nila gusto – murang...