APR
15
2015

On the murder of Mei Magsino

I strongly condemn the murder of Mei Magsino who gave Batangueños an image of what a crusading and courageous journalist should be. As a member of the press, Mei practiced her craft with guts and grit, her prose and insight as sharp as balisong, which she used to peel the
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MAR
17
2015

Poe report is FPJ –fair, perceptive and judicious

Pinasadahan ko nang mabilis ang ilang parte ng report. My first impression is that it is Fair, Perceptive and Judicious – FPJ. It will contribute so much in explaining the tragedy that was Mamasapano, in drawing lessons so it won’t happen again, assign culpabilities, and
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JAN
09
2014

I rechanneled my PDAF to the Calamity Fund

Statement of Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto I rechanneled my PDAF to the Calamity Fund It is of public record that I requested that the P200 million in PDAF earmarked for my office be realigned to the Calamity Fund so it can be used to help Yolanda victims. When
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OCT
22
2013

“What about Santi?”

We would like to remind thenational government to also address the devastation caused by Santi. As of October 16, according to theNDRRMC itself, the only assistance coming from the central government wasthe P6.6 million worth of relief goods from the DSWD. I am sure,however, that
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OCT
18
2013

Transform PDAF into ‘Priority Disaster Assistance Fund’

It is perhaps time to thaw the frozen pork and use it to help victims of the Visayas earthquake, Typhoon Santi and the siege of Zamboanga. Withheld PDAF can be converted into a Priority Disaster Assistance Fund. To effect the release, the Senate can issue a resolution authorizing
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AUG
22
2013

Statement of Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph G. Recto on the scrapping of PDAF (pork barrel)

I support the scrapping of PDAF. However, the entire national budget should be more transparent. All projects should be by line item in the General Appropriations Act (GAA) so every local government, district and community will know where the money is spent and what to expect. We
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JAN
30
2013

Statement of Sen. Ralph G. Recto on Immediate Convening of Bicameral Panels on ‘Family Care Act’ & ‘AFVI’

The Senate now anticipates the naming of their counterparts from the House of Representatives to the bicameral conference committee that would reconcile conflicting provisions of the “Family Care Act” and the Alternative Fuel Vehicles Incentives Act (AFVI). The twin measures have
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FEB
02
2012

Statement on Tax Exemptions of International Air Carriers SBN 3065

OPENING STATEMENT OF SEN. RALPH G. RECTO COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS PUBLIC HEARING FEB. 2, 2012 SBN 3065 – Tax Exemptions of International Air Carriers First on our agenda is Senate Bill 3065, which seeks to abolish the 3% Common Carriers Tax (CCT) and the 2 ½ % Gross
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OCT
25
2011

Statement of Sen. Ralph Recto on the recent violent events in Muslim Mindanao

The doves have prevailed over the hawks. The President has demonstrated a great amount of grace under pressure in choosing to wage peace instead of turning ‘juramentado’ in the wake of fresh violence in Muslim Mindanao, which resulted to the sorry loss of lives of soldiers and
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