Put budget promises like 15-min PNP response, 40-kph MRT speed in ‘BOSS’

30 September 2017, Comment are Off
One post-budget enactment document the government can publish is a catalogue of performance guarantees issued by agencies, from how fast travellers should exit out of airport immigration queues to police response time. Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, who made this...

‘Extra judicial funding’ needed to fight crime, boost rule of law— Recto

29 September 2017, Comment are Off
One way to fight crime and keep communities safe is through “extra judicial funding” which will modernize courts and equip public attorneys and prosecutors with the resources that will reduce case backlogs and move the wheels of justice quickly, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph...

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...

On the Confirmation of the Appointment of Education Secretary Leonor Briones

15 March 2017, Comment are Off
Mr. Chairman, my dear colleagues: My nominee was my teacher at the UP College of Public Administration many moons ago. Whenever we meet, I never fail to call her “my favorite teacher,” to which she replies, and always in a loud voice for everyone to hear, that I was her favorite...

Explanation of Vote on Paris Climate Treaty

14 March 2017, Comment are Off
‘No Other Treaty Is More Important Than The One For Mankind’s Survival’ Explanation of Vote on the Resolution Concurring in the Ratification of the Paris Climate Treaty, by Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto Mr. President, my dear colleagues: First, allow me to thank and...

‘Why It Is Hard and Heartless to Veto a P3,000 PERA for Public Workers’

13 March 2017, Comment are Off
One item in the government employee payslip turns 26 this year. In June 1991, pursuant to that year’s General Appropriations Act, a Personnel Economic Relief Allowance in the amount of P500 a month was granted to all government employees. Two years later, an “Additional...

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...

Recto: MMDA’s ‘odd-even’ plan symptomatic of adhoc approach to traffic

08 March 2017, Comment are Off
MMDA should study carefully if its new “Windows 2” software to decongest EDSA traffic would work. It better run tabletop simulations and calculations if the new odd-scheme for vehicles could indeed be the relief that we have all been waiting for. It should employ...