AUG
17
2017

Recto: Big job, mega-billion budget, 29 M clients await new DSWD chief

The next DSWD secretary should be in the mold of the 10 women who had held that post since 1986. If tradition is to be followed, there’s a high bar to be met in choosing the head of an agency that helps those who have fallen through the cracks of society. Recite their names and
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AUG
04
2017

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

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
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AUG
02
2017

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

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
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AUG
02
2017

Statement on the gov’t proposal to raise car registration fees

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
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JUL
25
2017

Infra boom needs a builder-in-chief ‘Focus on infra, pivot from helmet presidency to hardhat presidency’

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
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MAY
24
2017

Statement of Senator Ralph Recto on Declaring Martial Law in Mindanao

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
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MAR
08
2017

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

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
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MAR
05
2017

Recto: US State report right on “weak prosecutions, slow court procedures”

In this divided nation, there will be disagreements on certain conclusions in the US State Department’s human rights report on the Philippines. There should be no discord, however, on one passage in the report, which is true and incontrovertible: on our nation being plagued by “a
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MAR
03
2017

Bato urged to solve murder of Islokar ng Bayan turned barrio doctor

Bato should make it his personal mission to find the killers of Dr. Dreyfuss Perlas, the barrio doctor who was shot death March 1 in Lanao Norte. As a government scholar himself (MSU and PMA), Bato should find it not hard to empathize with the familiar story of a Iskolar ng Bayan
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