MAR
06
2017

Explanation of Vote: Expanded Maternity Leave Act

Mr. President, my dear colleagues: A wag once said that if men were to get pregnant, “maternity leave would last for two years with full pay, and morning sickness would rank as the nation’s number one health problem.” Hopefully, the passage of this bill won’t lead to the mass
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FEB
08
2017

Sponsorship Speech: Ease of Doing Business Act

Mr. President, my dear colleagues, magandang hapon po. The bill is pretty straightforward, so instead of reiterating its provisions, may I just describe the social context, the government culture, and the business atmosphere which makes its passage urgent. Red tape is an
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FEB
01
2017

On the Confirmation of the Appointment of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

Mr. Chairman, my dear colleagues: If a rice farmer will plant a hectare by his lonesome, it is said that he has to bend forward 200,000 times to punch palay seedlings into the soil. But first, he must plow the land, slogging 40 kilometers, kasing haba ng marathon, in knee-deep
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JAN
27
2017

The Future of Governance: Challenges and Opportunities”

Presentation of Senate Minority Leader Ralph G. Recto SMC’s Agenda 2017: Building Better Futures Makati Diamond Residences, 27 January 2017 Magandang umaga po sa inyong lahat. It is my honor to be with the people who produce 4 percent of the GDP, and with Ramon who accounts
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JAN
24
2017

‘Free Public College Tuition is Not Too Big to Fund’

Sponsorship Speech Free Higher Education For All Act Senate Minority Leader Ralph G. Recto 24 January 2017   Mr. President, dear colleagues, magandang hapon po. The House had passed the proposed amendments to the New Bangko Sentral Act. Buried in its fine print is the
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DEC
14
2016

Free WiFI is ‘Liberation Technology’ Which Must Prod Urgent Telecom Reforms

When the Senate first convened in a rented house near Malacañang 100 years ago, its 24 members were summoned by telegram or by post which took days to arrive. Communication was so bad that a Navy boat had to be dispatched from Zamboanga to inform and fetch Senator Buto from Jolo.
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DEC
13
2016

Statement on the Bicameral Conference Committee Approval of the National Budget for 2017

We are pleased to note that the General Appropriations Bill for 2017, which the Bicameral Conference Committee has approved for ratification by both chambers, carry the amendments initiated by the Senate minority leader. Foremost is the P8 billion Free College Tuition Fund that
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DEC
13
2016

On the Confirmation of the Appointment of DPWH Secretary Mark Villar

Mr. President, my dear colleagues: The nominee is the perfect specimen which proves how true the saying “the present generation is always better than the previous one” is. He is more handsome than his father, brighter than his mom, and more generous than the two combined. He
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NOV
29
2016

Budget Delayed is Development Denied

“WHAT USE IS THE BUDGET IF NOT SPENT ON TIME, IN FULL, AND FOR THE RIGHT PROJECTS?” Explanation of Vote on the 2017 National Budget Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto Mr. President, friends, dear colleagues: In the opening remarks of my interpellation of this budget,
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