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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FEB
05
2017

‘Bad peace is better than just war’

A bad peace is always better than a just war. The two parties must be pulled back from the brink of reigniting the conflict. This would involve reconsidering incendiary statements issued during the past week, and revoking directives issued. It is never too late to give peace
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JAN
16
2017

No Basis to Consider ML Declaration – Recto

We should know by now that such theatrical bombast is part of the President’s oratorical repertoire. His bluster should be likened to a dog that always barks but seldom bites. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during the Philippines’ ASEAN Chairmanship launch at
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NOV
27
2016

‘Agencies must spend the buck and not pass the buck’

There is an emerging bad habit among agencies to transfer their allocations to other agencies and then report such transactions as fund utilization. In the case of the Department of Transportation, this is the scheme resorted to in its unused budget for airport improvement
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NOV
21
2016

‘ERC needed to police power industry. Change the people, don’t abolish it’

Change the people, but do not abolish the body. Improve it, reform it, but do not dismantle it. Change the software, upgrade the hardware. Then reboot. The ERC must stay to police the electricity market. Somebody should blow the whistle on anti-competitive practices in an
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NOV
12
2016

Scientists, not bureaucrats, must greenlight BNPP rehab – Recto

The greenlight to rehabilitate must come from scientists, based on an unassailable study whose conclusion is that a dead plant can be safely resurrected beyond reasonable doubt. It should be a science-based decision, and not because someone has a “lightbulb” moment and then
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