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Senators worry over Angara's reelection: 'Baka ma-Recto siya'

Jul 26, 2017 - 5:59 PM

The Senate is set to constitute a committee of the whole to discuss the controversial tax reform bill with the country's economic managers

Senators worry over Angara's reelection: 'Baka ma-Recto siya'

Death penalty bill still not a Senate priority – Pimentel, Recto

Jul 24, 2017 - 1:48 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says 'the most' the Senate can do – as a 'gesture of friendship' to the House which had already passed its version – is to discuss the administration measure

Death penalty bill still not a Senate priority – Pimentel, Recto

Admin's chosen solution for Marawi crisis 'worse' than its cause – Castro

Jul 23, 2017 - 5:35 AM

ACT Teachers Representative France Castro believes there was no valid ground for the government to declare martial law in Mindanao in the first place

Admin's chosen solution for Marawi crisis 'worse' than its cause – Castro

Senate won't pass Malacañang's version of tax reform bill

May 31, 2017 - 5:49 PM

Senators criticize NEDA chief Ernesto Pernia for being 'arrogant' and for 'pressuring' Congress to approve Malacañang's full version of the measure which, they believe, will hurt the poor

Senate won't pass Malacañang's version of tax reform bill

Lawmakers see failure of intelligence in Marawi attack

May 24, 2017 - 2:40 PM

Members of the Senate and House of Representatives want authorities to explain what truly happened, with some saying local government officials might be involved

Lawmakers see failure of intelligence in Marawi attack

Recto cautions Duterte vs $500-M arms loan from China

May 16, 2017 - 1:52 PM

'There is no need to borrow from China. It is cheaper to produce and maintain [defense equipment] locally than to import them,' says Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto

Recto cautions Duterte vs $500-M arms loan from China

Senators say ICC case vs Duterte 'dustbin-bound'

Apr 25, 2017 - 11:47 AM

(2nd UPDATE) Congressmen allied with the Duterte administration say the case is 'premature' and part of a destablization plot against the Chief Executive

Senators say ICC case vs Duterte 'dustbin-bound'

Briones gets CA nod amid questions on health

Mar 15, 2017 - 3:25 PM

'There is no correlation between the state of my knees and the state of my brain,' 76-year-old Education Secretary Leonor Briones tells the Commission on Appointments

Briones gets CA nod amid questions on health

LOOK: Majority senators in full force at 'intimate dinner' with Duterte

Mar 15, 2017 - 7:27 AM

Senator JV Ejercito says they 'discussed the proposed tax reform measure,' one of the priority bills of the Duterte administration

LOOK: Majority senators in full force at 'intimate dinner' with Duterte

Pimentel on death penalty: 'Close fight' in the Senate

Mar 02, 2017 - 2:20 PM

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto and Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III also say the bill will have a difficult time in the chamber, as it is not a priority

Pimentel on death penalty: 'Close fight' in the Senate

Pimentel should've talked to LP senators first – Recto

Feb 28, 2017 - 6:21 PM

'If I were the Senate President at that time, I would have talked to Senator Drilon and told him, I think we cannot work together, so just resign'

Pimentel should've talked to LP senators first – Recto

Recto withdraws support for Cha-Cha, opposes federalism

Feb 22, 2017 - 4:02 PM

Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto, who wants to limit charter change to economic provisions, believes federalism will harm the economy

Recto withdraws support for Cha-Cha, opposes federalism

Senators to Duterte: No basis to declare martial law

Jan 16, 2017 - 12:23 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says the President's latest statement should not be a cause for worry

Senators to Duterte: No basis to declare martial law

Don't dump old friends for new suitors, PH urged

Dec 20, 2016 - 4:39 PM

'What's the advantage of running away from the claws of the American eagle only to rush to the embrace of a Chinese or Russian bear?' asks Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto

Don't dump old friends for new suitors, PH urged

Senators: SWS poll proves Filipinos feel scared, unsafe under Duterte

Dec 19, 2016 - 4:50 PM

Both majority and minority senators say it is high time for President Rodrigo Duterte to ensure that the rule of law is followed in the war on drugs

Senators: SWS poll proves Filipinos feel scared, unsafe under Duterte

Law needed to make free tuition in SUCs part of annual budget – Bam Aquino

Dec 18, 2016 - 3:42 PM

A law needs to be passed so that the allocation for free tuition in state universities and colleges will become a regular item in the budget, the senator says

Law needed to make free tuition in SUCs part of annual budget – Bam Aquino

Senate adds P1 B to DSWD budget for day care meals

Dec 18, 2016 - 3:11 PM

P20/day is allocated to feed young children in schools and day care centers

Senate adds P1 B to DSWD budget for day care meals

Recto: CHED row won't affect free tuition in SUCs

Dec 17, 2016 - 2:23 PM

Senator Ralph Recto explains how the Commission on Higher Education will spend its additional budget of P8.3 billion, which is meant to implement the tuition-free policy in state universities and colleges

Recto: CHED row won't affect free tuition in SUCs

Leni Robredo: The new, 'default' face of the opposition

Dec 06, 2016 - 11:18 AM

Minority senators laud the move of the Vice President and accept her with open arms: 'Welcome to the minority!'

Leni Robredo: The new, 'default' face of the opposition

Recto: Give free tuition to 1M state college students in 2017 budget

Dec 02, 2016 - 1:40 PM

The proposed fund, if approved, will be distributed to 114 state universities and colleges and will benefit students from Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program households

Recto: Give free tuition to 1M state college students in 2017 budget

Recto: Newly-approved OFW repatriation fund not enough

Dec 01, 2016 - 11:14 PM

Recto says the emergency repatriation fund for OFWs must reach at least P1.5 billion

Recto: Newly-approved OFW repatriation fund not enough

14 things the Senate minority wants to see in the 2017 budget

Nov 29, 2016 - 8:45 AM

(UPDATED) The list includes itemization of lump sum funds, increased budget for health programs, and trimming down of government overhead expenses

14 things the Senate minority wants to see in the 2017 budget

Recto: Don't use Malampaya funds for Bataan nuke plant revival

Nov 22, 2016 - 5:20 PM

Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto says the funds can instead be used for 'an independent scientific study on the economic and technical feasibility of completing the plant'

Recto: Don't use Malampaya funds for Bataan nuke plant revival

Recto to Duterte: Pardon old, sick prisoners for Christmas

Nov 20, 2016 - 4:41 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte had earlier said he was considering granting pardon to qualified prisoners in time for the holidays

Recto to Duterte: Pardon old, sick prisoners for Christmas

WATCH: De Lima, Aguirre talk face to face on Senate floor

Nov 17, 2016 - 10:13 PM

Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre, arch-enemy of Senator De Lima, is at the Senate to attend the discussions on the proposed 2017 budget of the Department of Justice

WATCH: De Lima, Aguirre talk face to face on Senate floor

Consult scientists on Bataan Nuclear Power Plant – Recto

Nov 12, 2016 - 4:20 PM

Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto makes the suggestion following reports that President Rodrigo Duterte allowed the rehabilitation of the BNPP

Consult scientists on Bataan Nuclear Power Plant – Recto

Recto: Help prevent 'mass retrenchment' in DOH

Nov 12, 2016 - 11:42 AM

Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto says the health department's proposed 2017 budget will lead to a 'drastic" downsizing of health personnel under the department's Rural Health Practice Program

Recto: Help prevent 'mass retrenchment' in DOH

Recto, Lacson: After US snub, PH should produce own weapons

Nov 02, 2016 - 2:26 PM

'It is a wake-up call for us to stop totally relying on foreign suppliers,' says Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto

Recto, Lacson: After US snub, PH should produce own weapons

Mobile checkpoints, air passenger rights, Park Geun-Hye | 6PM wRap

Oct 31, 2016 - 7:55 PM

Watch the 6PM newscast with Maria Ressa

Mobile checkpoints, air passenger rights, Park Geun-Hye | 6PM wRap

Senate bills seek to punish violators of airline passengers' rights

Oct 31, 2016 - 2:07 PM

Senators say a law is needed to institutionalize the rights of airline passengers to penalize violators

Senate bills seek to punish violators of airline passengers' rights

Recto: Why the delay in implementing VAT exemption for PWDs?

Oct 28, 2016 - 10:04 PM

The Senate Minority Leader says 7 months since the law was signed, concerned government agencies have yet to promulgate its implementing rules and regulations

Recto: Why the delay in implementing VAT exemption for PWDs?

Recto: Calamity fund enough, challenge is to release aid fast

Oct 24, 2016 - 3:55 PM

With P37 billion in its calamity fund, the Philippines should focus on simplifying and speeding up the process of releasing money for disaster-hit areas, says Senator Ralph Recto

Recto: Calamity fund enough, challenge is to release aid fast

Higher 'chalk allowance' for teachers sought

Oct 22, 2016 - 5:19 PM

'In the war against illiteracy, these are the ammos our teachers use,' says Senator Ralph Recto, author of Senate Bill 812 which seeks to increase the allowance for teaching supplies from P1,500 to P3,500

Higher 'chalk allowance' for teachers sought

Senate at 100: Still standing after war, dictatorship, coups

Oct 17, 2016 - 7:40 PM

Minority Leader Ralph Recto reminds the Senate President of his promise that he would not let the Senate perish under his term

Senate at 100: Still standing after war, dictatorship, coups

Recto hits DOTr's 'unfunded, scattered' plans vs traffic

Oct 12, 2016 - 12:42 PM

Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto doubts the proposed projects of the Department of Transportation to solve the traffic crises through emergency powers

Recto hits DOTr's 'unfunded, scattered' plans vs traffic

A 'distracted' Senate in Duterte's first 100 days

Oct 08, 2016 - 11:00 AM

'There is a huge legislative agenda, but the Senate cannot really help itself but do all these investigatory hearings that often do not aid legislation,' an analyst says

A 'distracted' Senate in Duterte's first 100 days

Minority senators: Filipinos will pay the price for Duterte's foul words

Oct 05, 2016 - 8:45 PM

'We will all pay the price for this. He's speaking for all Filipinos,' says Minority Leader Ralph Recto

Minority senators: Filipinos will pay the price for Duterte's foul words

Want free public WiFi? Slash processing time of permits – DICT

Oct 04, 2016 - 8:20 PM

'The requirements are very simple. But it takes a month or two or three before [local governments] provide right of way,' says the department’s project manager for the free public WiFi program

Want free public WiFi? Slash processing time of permits – DICT

Senators: Miriam a big loss, 'best president we never had'

Sep 29, 2016 - 1:30 PM

(UPDATED) The Senate will no longer have a member as brilliant and fiercely dedicated as former senator Miriam Santiago, senators say. The national flag is flown at half-mast following her demise

Senators: Miriam a big loss, 'best president we never had'

Bilibid riot, Recto, Peres | 12PM wRap

Sep 28, 2016 - 2:01 PM

Watch Rappler's 12PM newscast

Bilibid riot, Recto, Peres | 12PM wRap

No questions asked: CA confirms Diokno in less than 20 minutes

Sep 28, 2016 - 12:57 PM

Lawmakers did not ask any questions and were all praises for the budget chief

No questions asked: CA confirms Diokno in less than 20 minutes

Recto to Duterte: Strong words can scare investors

Sep 28, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto urges President Rodrigo Duterte to treat the US and other allies well, to avoid having a chilling effect on investors

Recto to Duterte: Strong words can scare investors

Recto: Use DSWD savings for cash gift to centenarians this year

Sep 24, 2016 - 6:11 PM

'For as long as the transfer complies with recent Supreme Court ruling on budget augmentation, I suggest that it should be pursued, says Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto

Recto: Use DSWD savings for cash gift to centenarians this year

Final: Senate, House approve bills postponing barangay, SK polls

Sep 13, 2016 - 5:17 PM

(UPDATED) Only 2 senators and 4 congressmen oppose moving the village-based elections to October 2017

Final: Senate, House approve bills postponing barangay, SK polls

Restore cut in feeding programs' budget, keep eye on implementation – Recto

Sep 11, 2016 - 2:24 PM

Senate minority leader Ralph Recto also wants to increase the per meal budget of the government's feeding programs to P30

Restore cut in feeding programs' budget, keep eye on implementation – Recto

P1.76B earmarked for free Wi-Fi in proposed 2017 budget

Sep 04, 2016 - 6:45 PM

'With the proposed funding, the project, which aims to provide free broadband internet access to 1,462 towns and 44 key cities nationwide, is sustained,' says Senator Ralph Recto

P1.76B earmarked for free Wi-Fi in proposed 2017 budget

Senate bill seeks to ban expiration of prepaid, e-load

Aug 20, 2016 - 12:48 PM

The measure seeks to protect consumers against 'deceptive, unfair, and unconscionable sales act and practices' by telcos

Senate bill seeks to ban expiration of prepaid, e-load

Duterte emergency powers should cover flooding – Recto

Aug 13, 2016 - 9:30 PM

'Existing roads must be made flood-proof too,' Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto says as the President seeks emergency powers to solve the traffic crisis

Duterte emergency powers should cover flooding – Recto

Recto urges Duterte to 'calm down,' watch his words

Aug 11, 2016 - 2:10 PM

Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto also says the public should learn how to 'auto-delete' the 'colorful parts' of President Rodrigo Duterte's statements

Recto urges Duterte to 'calm down,' watch his words

Rehab centers shortage: 100 years to treat drug surrenderers – Recto

Aug 09, 2016 - 9:30 PM

The senator's projection is based on almost 600,000 drug suspects who have surrendered to the police and the usual 6-month treatment period for drug dependents

Rehab centers shortage: 100 years to treat drug surrenderers – Recto