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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MAR
15
2017

On the Confirmation of the Appointment of Education Secretary Leonor Briones

Mr. Chairman, my dear colleagues: My nominee was my teacher at the UP College of Public Administration many moons ago. Whenever we meet, I never fail to call her “my favorite teacher,” to which she replies, and always in a loud voice for everyone to hear, that I was her favorite
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MAR
14
2017

Explanation of Vote on Paris Climate Treaty

‘No Other Treaty Is More Important Than The One For Mankind’s Survival’ Explanation of Vote on the Resolution Concurring in the Ratification of the Paris Climate Treaty, by Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto Mr. President, my dear colleagues: First, allow me to thank and
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MAR
13
2017

‘Why It Is Hard and Heartless to Veto a P3,000 PERA for Public Workers’

One item in the government employee payslip turns 26 this year. In June 1991, pursuant to that year’s General Appropriations Act, a Personnel Economic Relief Allowance in the amount of P500 a month was granted to all government employees. Two years later, an “Additional
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MAR
13
2017

Free tuition is not an unrecoverable expense; it is an investment with a high return

Explanation of Vote of Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto On SB No. 1304 – Affordable Higher Education for All Act 13 March 2017 Mr. President, my dear colleagues: The costs this bill would entail are not unrecoverable expenses. They are investments with high
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MAR
13
2017

‘If Internet Access is a Human Right, WiFi is a Basic Public Service’

It is my pleasure to finally vote on a bill which I first filed in May 2014. Although the Free National Wi-Fi Project is now in full swing by virtue of another legislative route—through three General Appropriations Acts, including this year’s—still the best way to guarantee its
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