Dads may get 30-day share of Expanded Maternity Leave

07 March 2017, Comment are Off
Due to ‘pasa-load’ provision Even men stand to gain from the bill expanding maternity benefits as it allows a mother to transfer to the father of the child up to 30 days of the 120 days of allowed maternity leave for child-care duties. This, according to Senate...

626 ‘Doctor to the Barrios’ slots unfilled, nalagasan pa—Recto

04 March 2017, Comment are Off
Only one in three slots in the government’s Doctor to the Barrios (DTTB) program was filled in 2015 and 2016, raising calls in the Senate to make the program’s incentives more attractive to lure more physicians to rural practice. Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto revealed...

Death penalty debate will be full-blown, no-restraints open mic for all- Recto

03 March 2017, Comment are Off
There will be “full-blown, no-restraints” debates on the death penalty bill in the Upper Chamber, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto assured today. “At whatever level, the discussions will not be abbreviated. It will be open mic for all,” Recto said, adding “it has never...

‘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...