SEP
15
2017

Statement of Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto on Speaker Alvarez’s comments

Relax lang. Government says EJK is not state-sponsored–then it should not be afraid of providing more resources to CHR, the duly constituted office whose mandate is to protect human rights. It cannot be denied that there are too many killings including children. I believe
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SEP
07
2017

Body cams to cut body count, stop bounty killings

‘Every move you make, every law you break, every ops you fake, they’ll be watching you’ Body cams will bring down the body count and stop the bounty killings. The government has the money and the mandate to purchase vest- and car dashboard-mounted cameras for
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AUG
20
2017

PNP must justify P1B request for Tokhang II

I expect that the review of the events on that fateful night in Caloocan which led to the death of a young man will be pursued in many fronts. Kian’s life was ended so dastardly that it has united the nation in anger and grief. This national pain can only be salved by the
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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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