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Recto endorses Aquino and Diokno for the Senate

May 06, 2019 - 4:47 PM

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto says of Senator Bam Aquino and human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, 'I want to work with both of them in the Senate'

ENDORSEMENT. Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto (Center) raises the hands of Bam Aquino and Chel Diokno during a press conference held in Lipa City on Monday, May 6. Photo by Otso Diretso Media

In Lipa City, Poe says Batangas feels like 'home'

May 05, 2019 - 2:32 PM

Reelectionist Senator Grace Poe says Batangas 6th district Representative Vilma Santos Recto has always been her 'partner'

BATANGAS. Reelectionist senator Grace Poe with incumbent Batangas 6th district Representative Vilma Santos-Recto and her husband Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto. Photo from Poe's office

Recto endorses Roxas, reelectionist bets in 2019 Senate race

May 05, 2019 - 12:03 AM

Senators Cynthia Villar and Juan Edgardo Angara also attend the Bangon Lipa rally

ENDORSEMENT. Senator Ralph Recto endorses former senator Manuel Roxas II in the 2019 Senate elections. Screengrab from Mar Roxas staff

Recto: Investigate sand extraction attempts in PH

Apr 06, 2019 - 7:03 PM

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto says the government should review its policies on sand and gravel quarrying

Recto to DOTr: Why not issue an order allowing Angkas to operate?

Jan 30, 2019 - 5:20 PM

Transportation Undersecretary Mark de Leon says the position of the government is that 'the law needs to be amended'

MOTORCYCLE APP. Senators ask DOTr why they cant' issue a department order allowing motorcycle taxis, like Angkas, to operate. Photo from Angkas

With Mislatel's China links, senators wary of foreign ownership reforms

Jan 30, 2019 - 2:45 PM

Senator Grace Poe says some of her colleagues are taking a step back from amending the Public Service Act due to concerns over China's interests in the Philippines

Recto seeks Senate probe into DILG's China-funded CCTV project

Jan 17, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto says there is 'mounting concern' that China may be using Huawei as a 'proxy' in intelligence operations

CONCERNS OVER SAFE PHILIPPINES PROJECT. Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto raises serious concerns over the DILG's Safe Philippines project to be carried out with funding from China. Photo from the Facebook page of Senator Ralph Recto

Senators sound alarm over China-funded DILG surveillance project

Dec 13, 2018 - 4:01 PM

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto cites security risks in the 12,000-camera Safe Philippines Project of the DILG in partnership with a China Telecom affiliate and Huawei

Police Director General Oscar Albyalde during the Senate hearing on the 2019 budget of the Department of Interior and Local Government and its attached agency on October 22, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Dead on arrival': Senate leaders reject Arroyo's draft charter

Oct 09, 2018 - 1:33 PM

'We don't have time to even talk about it,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III, who stands to benefit from the House proposal

Rectos leave Liberal Party, join Nacionalista Party

Sep 21, 2018 - 8:48 PM

The newly formed local party One Batangas also seals an alliance with the Nacionalista Party of the Villars

SANDUGAN. One Batangas seals its alliance with Nacionalista Party on September 21, 2018. Photo courtesy of the Office of Senator Ralph Recto

Senate 'militarization'? Senators hit AFP, PNP presence in compound

Sep 05, 2018 - 2:51 PM

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto asks why the armed personnel are in the Senate compound when no warrant of arrest has been issued against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

Sen Antonio Trillanes holds a press conference saying he will be under the custody of the Senate for now. Arresting CIDG team meanwhile are deployed for a possible arrest. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Recto to DOTr: Why so slow with airport projects?

Aug 29, 2018 - 7:00 PM

'May opportunity costs 'to. Kung sa EDSA, you lose P3 billion [daily]; sa himpapawid, magkano kaya?' says Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto

OVERCAPACITY. Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto says the Department of Transportation should hasten the rollout of airport projects. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate calls for suspension of driver-only car ban on EDSA

Aug 15, 2018 - 2:08 PM

(4th UPDATE) In a resolution, the Senate 'strongly' urges the MMDA to 'conduct public consultations' and provide 'real solutions to Metro Manila congestion'

BAN. MMDA personnel jot down vehicle plate numbers of private cars violating the High Volume Occupancy dry run implementation along Edsa in Quezon City on August 15, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Recto defends Duterte economic team on federalism

Aug 12, 2018 - 4:08 PM

'Before we communicate what federalism is, can we not first calculate what its cost will be?' says Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto

Economic managers DBM Sec. Benjamin Diokno (2nd-right), NEDA Sec. Ernesto Pernia (2nd-left), BSP Deputy Governor Diwa Guinigundo (right), DOF Sec. Carlos Dominguez (left) on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, during hearing on the proposed P3.8-trillion budget for 2019. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Tension grips Lipa city hall due to Mayor’s suspension order

Aug 06, 2018 - 7:26 PM

(UPDATED) Mayor Meynard Sabili is meted with a year's suspension without pay on June 27, but maintains he has filed a motion for review and is waiting for a temporary restraining order. Meanwhile, the opposition calls for the vice mayor to take Sabili's place.

ERIC AFRICA. Lipa City Vice Mayor Eric Africa presents a document signed by DILG Regional Director Manuel Gotis dated July 31, 2017 informing Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas of the suspension order vs Mayor Meynard Sabili. Photo by Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta

Senators raise hell over Mocha's 'vulgar, desperate' federalism video

Aug 06, 2018 - 11:31 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Federalism is already dead even without Mocha Uson, says Senator Ping Lacson. 'With Mocha Uson, the ashes should be thrown far away.'

Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

'Ugly, embarrassing' debacle proves House can't amend Constitution

Jul 24, 2018 - 2:17 PM

'What happened yesterday is a strong argument against a parliamentary form of government where patronage politics plays a major, if not the only, role in selecting our country’s top leader,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Photo by Mara Cepeda

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Jun 25, 2018 - 10:36 PM

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'One evil man': Senators hit Duterte over 'stupid God' remark

Jun 25, 2018 - 4:20 PM

(UPDATED) 'May God bless his heart,' says Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto

File photo from the 17th Congress. Photo from Senate PRIB

Senators urge gov't to suspend excise taxes on fuel

May 25, 2018 - 4:34 PM

'Nalulunod na ang mga Pilipino sa taas ng presyo. Aantayin pa ba nila ang 2019? Hindi pa ba aaksyon ang pamahalaan?' asks Senator Paolo Benigno 'Bam' Aquino IV

Landmark coco levy trust fund bill hurdles Congress

Mar 19, 2018 - 7:38 PM

Senate Bill 1233 places the management of the fund under a reconstituted Philippine Coconut Authority – the agency that was responsible for the misuse of the funds in the 1970s

File Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Drilon praises Bong Go's basketball skills: 'Magaling talaga'

Mar 13, 2018 - 5:36 PM

Senators Ralph Recto and Franklin Drilon joke that Special Assistant to the President Bong Go wants to run for the Senate so he could join the winning Senate Defenders basketball team

Photo from Bong Go

Recto hit for 'excluding' coconut farmers from coco levy bill

Mar 13, 2018 - 8:15 AM

'Pera na nga namin, maglo-lobby pa kami? Pera na nga namin, makikiusap pa kami?' says Ed Mora, lead convenor of the Kilusang Magniniyog, on the need for congressional approval before use of coco levy funds

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

No farmers' say in coco levy funds? Pangilinan, Recto clash

Mar 06, 2018 - 8:14 AM

Senators are set to vote on the issue, as Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto wants the government to be the sole manager of the coco levy funds, while Senator Francis Pangilinan wants farmers who paid the taxes to have a role

Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Lorenzana, Mercado support call to pay extra for preferred frigate system

Feb 19, 2018 - 9:05 PM

It would cost an additional $14 million to install the Combat Management System of Tacticos Thales in the two warships the Philippines is acquiring

Senate hearing on the controversial navy frigates deal on February 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Recto urges DOH to use P634-M ad budget to counter vaccine fake news

Feb 05, 2018 - 7:37 PM

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto urges the Department of Health to use its budget to fight 'fake news' about vaccination caused by the Dengvaxia controversy

AD BUDGET. Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto said the Department of Health can use its advertising budget to fight vaccine fake news. File Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

P283-B increase in local gov't funds possible without Cha-Cha – Recto

Jan 23, 2018 - 12:59 PM

Raising the internal revenue allotment of local governments can be done through ordinary legislation, says Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto

CHA-CHA. Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto said Charter Change is not needed to increase internal revenue allotment. File Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Drilon counters Alvarez: Con-Ass dead without Senate

Jan 20, 2018 - 3:21 PM

'Walang patutunguhan iyan kundi sementeryo,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

NO SOLO CON-ASS. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says a Constituent Assembly can only be convened if lawmakers both from the House and Senate are present. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Senate, House begin 'difficult' task of finalizing tax reform bill

Dec 01, 2017 - 3:59 PM

Congress has only 6 session days left to approve the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN), which is eyed for implementation on January 1, 2018

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Senators exchange green jokes during debate on cosmetic surgery tax

Nov 27, 2017 - 8:15 PM

'Mr President, Senator [Richard] Gordon wants the exclusion of certain procedures which are related to his name,' Senator Juan Edgardo Angara says in jest, referring to Gordon's nickname

After heated debate, senators approve 10% tax on cosmetic surgeries

Nov 27, 2017 - 7:50 PM

'I cannot accept this, that we will not impose tax, especially when we read about some extravagant wedding abroad,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon during the debate, apparently referring to the lavish wedding of Vicki Belo and Hayden Kho

File Photo by Senate PRIB

Senate wants no VAT for P15,000 and below housing rent

Nov 27, 2017 - 2:50 PM

This is in contrast to the version of the House of Representatives, which scrapped the P10,000 VAT exemption for housing rent

Senate OKs P250K annual income tax exemption

Nov 22, 2017 - 2:42 PM

The Senate follows the version of the Department of Finance and House of Representatives

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Sotto: Nueva Ecija facility can be used as mega drug enforcement academy

Nov 08, 2017 - 3:59 PM

Senator Vicente Sotto III says the 10,000-bed mega treatment and rehabilitation center can be made as an extension of the present PDEA academy

FIRST. The mega treatment and rehabilitation center in Nueva Ecija is the first of its kind in the country. File photo by Ace R Morandante/PPD

Recto: Keep DepEd P30-B budget to increase teachers' allowances

Oct 06, 2017 - 2:48 PM

Senator Ralph Recto proposes a 'rechanneling' of the P30-billion budget that the House of Representatives realigned to fund the free tuition law

TEACHERS' ALLOWANCES. Deaf students recite the alphabet in sign language during the opening of classes at the Philippine School for the Deaf in Pasay City on June 5, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Drug rehab to get P2 billion cut under 2018 nat'l budget

Sep 10, 2017 - 1:22 AM

Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial says the budget removed from the centers will be used instead for funding barangay and rural health units

P3B eyed to bring electricity to 7,000 public schools

Sep 03, 2017 - 6:05 PM

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto says one in 6 public elementary and high schools is not connected to a power grid

GENERAL TRIAS READY FOR SCHOOL OPENING MONDAY. - Ginalyn Bacolor, Grade III teacher of Tejero Elementary School, in Barangay Tejero, General Trias, Cavite cleaning desks of her designated classroom together with the volunteer student in preparation for the incoming June 1, 2015 school opening for public schools nationwide. (Photo by Dennis Caparas-Abrina/Contributor)

No more lines for gov't permits? P422M automation budget sought

Aug 20, 2017 - 10:37 AM

This what we need—a combined Google and Waze for a public wanting to get data or service from the government in a manner that is fast and in many cases free says Senator Ralph Recto

Taguiwalo 'represents all of us, all our dreams, all our aspirations' – Recto

Aug 16, 2017 - 3:37 PM

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto reads his prepared speech endorsing the confirmation of Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo after the Commission on Appointments rejected her appointment

MANIFESTATION. Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto delivers his speech endorsing the confirmation of Social Welfare Judy Taguiwalo, who was rejected by the Commission on Appointments on August 16, 2017. Photo from Senate PRIB

Customs budget, Gilas Pilipinas, Charlottesville riot | Midday wRap

Aug 14, 2017 - 1:08 PM

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Duterte seeks P4.2B to double Customs workforce

Aug 13, 2017 - 10:30 PM

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto says the proposed hiring of more than 3 000 employees could be crucial in boosting the Bureau of Customs performance

Marcos, Roxas, Andanar | Evening wRap

Aug 09, 2017 - 8:29 PM

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Senators admit links to 'middleman' in P6.4-B shabu shipment

Aug 09, 2017 - 12:00 PM

UPDATED Alleged middleman Kenneth Dong was a campaign donor of Villanueva while Recto Hontiveros Zubiri and Pangilinan were his wedding sponsors

TIES. At least 4 senators admit to their links to Kenneth Dong, alleged middleman in the P6.4-billion worth of shabu shipment from China.

Koko Pimentel open to studying abolition of PCGG

Jul 29, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says the Presidential Commission on Good Government PCGG should have achieved its objective after existing for 30 years

The PDP Laban Thanksgiving Party at the Midas Hotel and Casino in Pasay City on November 16, 2016.

Recto asks Customs to amend new balikbayan box rules

Jul 27, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The senator warns that the BOC s new rules might make the balikbayan boxes vulnerable to theft and pilferage

AMEND NEW RULES. Senator Ralph Recto says pasting a detailed list of content on the balikbayan boxes might make it vulnerable to theft.

Need for NDRRMC approval causes delay in sending disaster alerts

Jul 27, 2017 - 7:06 PM

Senators Ralph Recto and Grace Poe want to cut the red tape during emergencies saying science agencies can send the alerts themselves

Senators set to grill gov't agencies on underspending

Jul 27, 2017 - 1:10 PM

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto says the issue of government underspending is crucial in the Senate debates on the tax reform bill

File photo

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

Photo from Office of the Senate President

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. Top Senate leaders say the death penalty bill is not a priority in the chamber despite the House of Representatives' approval of the measure. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

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

ANTI-MARTIAL LAW EXTENSION. Representative France Castro explains her vote on the extension of martial law in Mindanao during the joint session on July 22. Screenshot from RTVM