NOV
15
2016

Opening Statement – Plenary Debates

Thank you, Mr. President, thank you, Madame Chairperson. Magandang umaga po sa inyong lahat. The Chairperson is a well-known advocate of local weaves and indigenous textiles; and if I may liken this budget to the elegant ethnic dresses she likes to wear, then I can say that,
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OCT
19
2016

The Humor, Humility, Honesty Needed in the Little President

On the Confirmation of the Appointment of Executive Secretary Salvador “Bingbong” Medialdea Senate Minority Leader Ralph G. Recto Mr. President, fellow members of the Commission. I have always maintained the view that the President’s choice of Executive Secretary is a “privilege
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OCT
19
2016

Time to Erase and Change the Chalk Allowance

Mr. President: Like anything written on the blackboard, we can erase and change the amount of “chalk allowance” our public schools teachers get. Which is what this bill precisely sets out to do – erasing “P1,500” and replacing it with “P3,500.” “Chalk allowance” is the popular
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OCT
17
2016

Speech delivered by Senate Minority Leader Ralph G. Recto – Centennial Session

The burden of being a senator is that we are not only answerable to the present and to the future, but also to the past. And we are reminded of our being trustees of a proud heritage when we walk past the names of our predecessors etched on the plaques that hang on the corridor
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OCT
12
2016

“Of ‘ADD’ and a DOLE on Auto-Pilot”

On the confirmation of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III   Mr. President:   The nominee is our real peace czar. He is waging peace in two fronts: labor and rural insurgency. This has forced him to be our first Labor secretary in history to moonlight in another job, or work two
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OCT
12
2016

‘The Best Taxman Is the One Who Is Not Intaxicated’

On the confirmation of the Appointment  of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III Mr. President: While the nominee is not the youngest conscript in the Cabinet, he certainly is among the wisest. If the present crew of secretaries has been referred to as the professors who had
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SEP
28
2016

On the confirmation of DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno

Mr. President, I am endorsing the nomination of Dr. Ben Diokno as Budget secretary for reasons as thick as the national budget, but not the least of which is that he is a fellow Batangueño. Because history books often mention our forebears in tandem, then it is inconceivable for
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SEP
14
2016

“Car Industry Must Help Solve The Traffic Mess”

Speech of Senate Minority Leader Ralph G. Recto 6th Philippine International Motorshow 14 September 2016 World Trade Center, Pasay City Magandang umaga po. Thank you very much for that kind introduction. For a moment there, I felt like a car whose specs were being read out loud.
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SEP
13
2016

Explanation of Vote (SB No. 1112): Postponing the Oct. 2016 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections

Elective officials in this land—from the president down to the barangay captain—have the same employment status: they’re casuals elected to fixed terms. They are hired or fired through the same process— via the ballot, with their employers, otherwise known as the electorate, each
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