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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NOV
09
2016

Recto : Gameplan needed in rebooting PH-US ties under Trump

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
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OCT
21
2016

On the ‘end’ of US relations, joining Russia-China ‘axis’

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
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SEP
29
2016

On the passing of Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago

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
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SEP
23
2016

Recto : Investors are attracted by incentives, not repelled by invectives

Hard-nosed investors are attracted by incentives, and are not easily repelled by invectives. They go to where money can be made, and the Philippine is an irresistible large market of over 100 million consumers. Kung saan pa nga ang maraming mura, doon nila gusto – murang
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SEP
13
2016

Mary Jane deserves clemency and our government’s full support in securing it – Recto

Mary Jane Veloso was not a drug lord. She was not even a user. On the contrary, she was used to smuggle drugs without her knowledge. She was going to Indonesia to work as maid, not knowing that she was already a mule. If she was a conscious, willing participant in transporting
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SEP
06
2016

Recto said lawlessness declaration must have expiry date

I support the declaration of a state of lawlessness. But I have my reservations on one that is indefinite. I am for a national emergency which has an expiry date for the simple reason that it injects a deadline to be met in quelling lawless violence. By stating when the emergency
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SEP
06
2016

Strong US-PH relations won’t be wrecked by a wayward quote -Recto

Built on a shared past and bound by a common vision, US-Philippine relations are strong enough that it cannot be weakened or wrecked by a wayward quote. An unprovoked tirade will not drain the deep reservoir of goodwill between Filipinos and Americans. This is the time to remind
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SEP
03
2016

To set parameters, presd’l proc needed to formalize state of lawlessness

The President must explain and elaborate in writing his verbal statement placing the whole country under a state of lawlessness. A written order will prescribe the specifics and the limits of such declaration, and would result in the clearer enumeration of the activities
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