AUG
23
2017

Speech Endorsing the Confirmation of Jose Manuel “Babe” Romualdez as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States of America

Our soon-to-be man in Washington DC is no babe in the woods in US affairs. Though principally based in Manila, he has enough contacts in the American capital that he can be considered a Beltway insider. So wide is his network, I was told, that should Trump drain the swamp, those
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AUG
16
2017

Prepared speech of Senator Recto in support of DSWD Sec. Taguiwalo’s confirmation : ‘To Serve the People’

This is the speech Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto that was scheduled to deliver if the confirmation hearings on Secretary Judy Taguiwalo had advanced to CA plenary for voting ‘To Serve the People’ Speech Endorsing the Confirmation of Prof. Judy Taguiwalo as
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AUG
07
2017

Sponsorship Speech: First 1,000 Days Bill

“Kung ang bata ay kulang sa timbang, tayo ang may pagkukulang” It has been said that politicians love to kiss babies when they run for office. But kiss them goodbye the moment they’re elected. If babies only know how to throw tantrums through tweets, or if they could
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JUL
31
2017

Senate Bill 1483: Fiscal and Monetary Report Act of 2017

Mr. President: To join the economic cluster of the Cabinet is to become a travelling salesman. Membership in that team means one must travel tens of thousands of miles a year to attract billions in investments, or to borrow money in the billions. A Finance secretary hawks bonds
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MAY
29
2017

Bringing Healthcare to Juan and Juana: Universal Healthcare in the Communities

Thank you. Magandang hapon po sa inyong lahat. I am happy and honored to be here today. What I’ve noticed is that there is no universal oath that binds politicians, unlike physicians who have their famous “First, do no harm” pledge. But if ever there will be a contest to coin one
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MAY
23
2017

Sponsorship Speech on Senate Bill 1465: Free Irrigation Service to Small Farmers

If the middle class’s patriotism is soluble in taxes, the one of farmers can also dissolve in irrigation fees. For years, farmers have been clamoring for a moratorium on irrigation payments. Basically, what they seek is parity—to be treated the same way that conglomerates have
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MAY
17
2017

Speech Endorsing the Confirmation of Senator Alan Peter Cayetano as Foreign Affairs Secretary

Mr. Chairman, my dear colleagues : I stand with you today in endorsing the demotion of our dear colleague from a senator of the Republic to its top diplomat. His 19 years in Congress – 9 years in the Bigger House and 10 in the Better House – have prepared him for the grueling job
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MAY
15
2017

Sponsorship Speech : Extending the Validity of Driver’s License

Senate Bill 1449: Driver’s License Validity Extension Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto Mr. President, distinguished colleagues: This sponsorship speech on the bill extending the driver’s license validity from three years to five years and for its renewal extended to
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MAY
04
2017

Extending the validity of Philippine Passport : ‘A Simple Solution That Will Benefit 30 Million Filipinos’

Sponsorship Speech by Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto SB 1365: Extending the Validity of the Philippine Passport This bill is pretty straightforward: It extends the period of validity of the Philippine passport from five to ten years. But once it becomes a law, its
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