JUL
25
2016

‘When to Stand Our Ground And When to Seek Common Ground”

Acceptance Speech of Minority Leader Ralph G. Recto 25 July 2016 Thank you, Chiz, for your kind eulogy. To borrow your own words, fate may not have smiled kindly in your bid to be the Number 2 official in the land, but you can always be my number 2. One of the benefits of this
COMMENT Off
JUN
28
2016

From fighting crime to cutting red tape: How DiCT can help

The National ICT Summit 2016 Novotel Hotel, Quezon City June 29, 2016 In 48 hours, we will witness one of democracy’s hallmarks, which makes it one of civilization’s greatest apps: the orderly transfer of power. One leader logs out; another logs in. Benigno Aquino III will do
COMMENT Off
FEB
10
2016

12-point Agenda for LGUs

SPEECH OF SENATE PRESIDENT PRO-TEMPORE RALPH G. RECTO League of Municipalities of the Philippines Marriot Hotel, Manila February 10, 2016 1. Bigger IRA, Higher LGU Share Equal sharing in a bigger pie. LGU share from internal revenues should be increased from the present 40% to
COMMENT Off
FEB
09
2016

‘I am blind, but I can clearly see his vision’ 

by Ronnel Agor del Rio  Delivered at the Partido Galing at Puso (GP) Proclamation Rally Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila   Magandang hapon po sa inyong lahat. Ako po ay bulag. Hindi po ako nakakakita. Pero hindi po ako bulag sa katotohanan. At hindi rin po ako bulag sa
COMMENT Off
FEB
04
2016

‘Water As This Election’s Relevant (WATER) Issue’

Keynote Speech of Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto PHILIPPINE ASSOCIATION OF WATER DISTRICTS (PAWD) 37th National Convention Clark, Pampanga 04 February 2016 Magandang umaga po. I am happy to see all of you again. Two years have passed since we last saw each other in
COMMENT Off
FEB
02
2016

Benefits for Centenarians Act

SPONSORSHIP SPEECH by Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto SBN 449; CRN 54 Mr. President: This campaign to have this measure passed into law began a long time ago, in the last decade of the last century. But it is not for this that it is called a Centenarian Bill, not yet,
COMMENT Off
DEC
15
2015

Our Huge Infrastructure Backlog

Sponsorship Speech on the Public Private Parntership (PPP) Bill by Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto Mr. President: I have purposely shunned using visual aids today in order not to remind you of the moniker once given to the Public Private Partnership program whose
COMMENT Off
NOV
23
2015

2016 General Appropriations Bill

Mr. President: Budget comes from the old French word bougette, which means “bag” or “purse.” In the olden days, a person’s entire wealth could fit in a bougette, and so did the entire budget of a government office. During the birth of our Republic, Heneral Luna was said to have
COMMENT Off
SEP
23
2015

Extending the Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (ACEF)

Mr. President: The Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fund or ACEF traces its genesis to our ascension to the World Trade Organization. When the gospel of globalization made the world flat, and the world started chanting,” I believe in GATT, the treaty almighty, creator of
COMMENT Off