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Recto says the amount of farmers debt is 'small compared to the hundreds of billions in private sector loans it had written off over the past 40 years'
'That's the right approach. Before you badger Congress to levy new taxes or raise rates, kindly plug the leaks first,' says Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto
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'
Reelectionist Senator Grace Poe says Batangas 6th district Representative Vilma Santos Recto has always been her 'partner'
Senators Cynthia Villar and Juan Edgardo Angara also attend the Bangon Lipa rally
Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto says the government should review its policies on sand and gravel quarrying
Transportation Undersecretary Mark de Leon says the position of the government is that 'the law needs to be amended'
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
Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto says there is 'mounting concern' that China may be using Huawei as a 'proxy' in intelligence operations
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
'We don't have time to even talk about it,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III, who stands to benefit from the House proposal
The newly formed local party One Batangas also seals an alliance with the Nacionalista Party of the Villars
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
'May opportunity costs 'to. Kung sa EDSA, you lose P3 billion [daily]; sa himpapawid, magkano kaya?' says Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto
(4th UPDATE) In a resolution, the Senate 'strongly' urges the MMDA to 'conduct public consultations' and provide 'real solutions to Metro Manila congestion'
'Before we communicate what federalism is, can we not first calculate what its cost will be?' says Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto
(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.
(3rd UPDATE) Federalism is already dead even without Mocha Uson, says Senator Ping Lacson. 'With Mocha Uson, the ashes should be thrown far away.'
'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
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(UPDATED) 'May God bless his heart,' says Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto
'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
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
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
'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
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
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 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
Raising the internal revenue allotment of local governments can be done through ordinary legislation, says Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto
'Walang patutunguhan iyan kundi sementeryo,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon
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
'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
'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
This is in contrast to the version of the House of Representatives, which scrapped the P10,000 VAT exemption for housing rent
The Senate follows the version of the Department of Finance and House of Representatives
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
Senator Ralph Recto proposes a 'rechanneling' of the P30-billion budget that the House of Representatives realigned to fund the free tuition law
Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial says the budget removed from the centers will be used instead for funding barangay and rural health units
Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto says one in 6 public elementary and high schools is not connected to a power grid
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
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
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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
UPDATED Alleged middleman Kenneth Dong was a campaign donor of Villanueva while Recto Hontiveros Zubiri and Pangilinan were his wedding sponsors
Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says the Presidential Commission on Good Government PCGG should have achieved its objective after existing for 30 years
The senator warns that the BOC s new rules might make the balikbayan boxes vulnerable to theft and pilferage
Senators Ralph Recto and Grace Poe want to cut the red tape during emergencies saying science agencies can send the alerts themselves
Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto says the issue of government underspending is crucial in the Senate debates on the tax reform bill
The Senate is set to constitute a committee of the whole to discuss the controversial tax reform bill with the country s economic managers