Ralph Recto

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

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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

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Aug 09, 2017 - 8:29 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

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

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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

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

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

Socio-economic Secretary and National Economic Development Authority Director General Ernesto Pernia ,in a press briefing in Malacañang on January 11, 2017, announced that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has signed Executive Order No. 12 that will allow government agencies to fully implement the Reproductive Health law which is stalled due to a Temporary Restraining Order issued by the Supreme Court. ALBERT ALCAIN/Presidential Photo

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

ROAD BLOCKS. Armed men belonging to the Maute Group block roads leading to Marawi city. Photo by Chico Dimaro Usman

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

CALM DOWN. Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto advises President Rodrigo Duterte to refine his manner of speaking. File Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

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

ICC CASE. Senators say the complaint filed against President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court is bound to fail.

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

HUMAN RIGHTS. Education Secretary Leonor Briones says human rights is the 'framework of all that we are doing.' Screenshot from Rappler video

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

Photo from Senator JV Ejercito's official Facebook

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 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

Photo by Senate PRIB

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

STRONGLY OPPOSED. Senator Ralph Recto says federalism will only harm the country. File photo

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

Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

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

BOOSTING TIES. Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua stands near Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte for a meeting in Malacañang on December 19, 2016. Photo by Robinson Niñal/Presidential Photo

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

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

FREE TUITION. Senator Bam Aquino stressed that a law still needs to be passed to allow Senate to allocate budget for it annually. Rappler file photo

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

MEAL TIME. Preschoolers enjoy their nutritious lunch provided by the DSWD's Supplementary Feeding Program. Photo from DSWD

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

File photos by Jee Geronimo/Rappler and from Sen Recto's Facebook

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

Vice President Leni Robredo takes in questions from our colleagues in the media Thursday morning.

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: 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

File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

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