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Recto’s resignation hangs in the balance

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Senator Ralph Recto. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Ralph Recto’s resignation hangs in the balance after certain senators have objected to his resignation saying it would mean they are succumbing to pressure from the executive department.

Recto expressed his intention to resign as chairman of Senate ways and means committee over widespread criticism of his “watered-down” Sin tax bill.

Senator Vicente Sotto III, who initially motioned to accept Recto’s resignation, referred it to the Committee on Rules after a motion from Senator Edgardo Angara.

Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. had objected to the resignation of Recto saying they should not be giving way to the pressure from the executive. He said that every committee chairman would withdraw the reports of their committee whenever cabinet officials express feeling betrayed or dismayed about the bills being drafted.

Senator Joker Arroyo also said that Recto should not immediately resign even before they have launched an inquiry regarding the allegations of Presidential Legislative Liaison Office Secretary Manuel Madamba that senators are receiving lobby funds from tobacco and liquor companies.

Arroyo stressed that the committee report was not final and that its only purpose was to start the debates in plenary session. They have barely started the process and yet the executive was already complaining about the bill meeting their objectives.

Enrile had said they will discuss the resignation of Recto in a caucus Tuesday.

Recto had said in a privileged speech Monday that he was stepping aside because he was being viewed as an obstacle.

“I am now seen as an obstruction and viewed with suspicion, then I have to take myself out of the equation,” Recto said.

“If my resignation is what is required to expedite the passage of this very important bill, then so be it,” he added.

Recto lamented that his job as chairman of the ways and means committee was a “thankless job” where he will always be blamed for getting people’s money regardless of how effective a tax measure he creates.

He said he was being crushed in between those calling for higher taxes and those calling for lower taxes. Recto maintained that he listened to all sectors to get everyone’s sides.

“The process was not only fair, it was fast,” he said. “What’s important to me is I did my job in order to get the debates going and to finalize the passage of the bill.”

“What I submitted was a recommended bill, the rough draft of legislation. The Senate can either reject or ratify it, trash or tear it to pieces, amend or mangle it,” Recto said.

He said that he would withdraw his version “to give the incoming chairman a free hand in drafting a new one.”

“Whatever I do, I will be criticized,” Recto said. “In this situation, then my only recourse is to irrevocably resign the chairmanship of the committee.”

The complete transcript of the speech follows:

Sen. Ralph G. Recto’ privilege speech on his resignation as chairman of Senate Ways and Means Committee

Mr. President, my dear colleagues, magandang hapon.

Clearly, I am the national punching bag of the week.  And I am not surprised. Because if you are head of the Ways and Means committee, expect to be pilloried and never be praised.

Katulad na lamang ng kaliwa’t kanang mga rally ngayon sa labas.

May bumabatikos  na kulang ang aking ipinanukalang buwis. May humihiyaw naman na sobrang laki . Sa bawat  sigaw na  “Itaas!” may sumasagot naman na “Ibaba!”

In any taxation exercise, you are always caught in a vise-grip of competing interests. If you try to seek the middle, chances are, you will be crushed in between.

Ang dahilan po ay dahil wala naman talagang gustong magbayad ng mataas na buwis sa lipunang ito.

Kaya tuloy karamihan ng pulitiko ang nanaisin lamang ay gumasta. Pero allergic sa paghahanap ng pera.

At sinuman ang naatasang maglikom ng pondo para sa pamahalaan ay tiyak na uulanin ng batikos.

Kaya naman sinasabi nila na  ang Senado ay kinabibilangan ng dalawampu’t tatlong bida – at isang kontrabida at iyan ang chairman  ng Ways and Means committee.

Kaya ho hindi nakapagtataka na walang gustong kumuha ng komiteng ito kasi puro kaaway ang mapapala mo dito.

Mahirap magpapogi kung ang trabaho mo maglikom ng pondo para sa pamahalaan.

But to me that comes with the territory. A Ways and Means committee chair who complains about criticisms is like a ship captain who complains about the sea.

In revenue-raising, you have to learn to live with brickbats.   A Ways and Means committee chair has to plod on and just be comforted by the thought that although what he is doing might be unpopular, it is right.

But in crafting tax laws, there is one support mechanism he can’t live without – and that is the backing of the executive.

This is so because taxes are always pushed upon the behest and on behalf of the executive. A tax is not a unilateral act of the Senate.  It is often proposed by the administration and always initiated by the House.

Pero kahit ganito ang sistema, na may kooperasyon, hindi naman lahat ng panukalang batas na nagmumula sa executive branch ay nakaukit sa bato.

No tax measure is non-debatable and amendment-proof.

Nandyan pa rin ang responsibilidad ng Kongreso na repasuhin at pag-aralang mabuti  ang mga panukalang buwis sa hangaring  mapabuti pa ito.

Kadalasan ang ginagawa ng Kongreso ay bawasan ang panukalang buwis upang pagaanin ang pasanin.

Tumatayo s’ya na parang checkpoint na pinagaaralan muna ang buwis bago ito patuluyin.

We do not rubberstamp executive proposals. When the taxman cometh for the people’s money, we stand in front of them, demand the justification of their proposal, and weigh the burden of the exaction.

That has been our template in treating revenue bills. We do not embrace tax proposals like long lost loves. We always cast a critical eye.

Kung ano ang pagtrato natin sa mga nakaraang buwis, ganyan din ang pagproseso natin sa  panukalang dagdag na buwis sa beer, rum, gin at sigarilyo. Idinadaan sa pagsusuri at public hearing.

Lalo na kung ang papasan nito ay hindi mga dambulahang kumpanya kundi mamamayan.

Sabi ko nga sa aking sponsorship speech, an excise tax is a pass-on tax borne by consumers, not manufacturers. It is not big tobacco or the giant brewery who will pay. It will be the small people.

Tanggapin na natin na kailangan kastiguhin ang mga tomador at mga pugon sa kanilang pagkahibang sa sin products. Pero hindi naman kailangan automatic ang ating pagsang-ayon sa kanilang parusa.

As senators, we must listen not only to saints, but also to sinners.

At ito nga ang ginawa natin. Nagpatawag ng marathon hearings.  Isang prusisyon ng mga eksperto pinagsalita.  Lahat binigyan ng pagkakataon makapahayag ng kanilang saloobin.

The process was not only fair, it was fast. The House bill was read on first reading and referred to the Ways & Means committee July 31.  The committee report was out Oct. 9.  Give or take a few days, you can say it was gone in 60 days.

So what I submitted was a recommended bill, the rough draft of legislation.  The Senate can either reject or ratify it, trash or tear it to pieces, amend or mangle it.

Ang sa akin lang, ginawa ko ang trabaho ko, para masimulan na ang debate, at umusad na ang pagpipinal nito.

At gaya ng inaasahan ko, may batikos. Isang malaking milagro na kung ang isang panukalang buwis sa bansang ito ay dededmahin lang ng mga magbabayad nito.

At sa totoo lang, winwelcome ko yun.

Bakit? Sapagkat sa kiskisan ng opinion mapapakinis ang isang panukala. Sometimes laws are better forged in heated debates.

So if groups which got lobby money from the foundation funded by the Mayor Bloomberg of New York City with the marching order to agitate for the imposition of New York City tax rates on the likes of Bataan Matamis cried foul, okay lang sa akin yun.

Noong binatikos ako ng mga health advocates, tiningnan ko ang kanilang pamamahayag bilang  mahalagang bahagi ng proseso.

Kahit yung may dala ng placard dyan sa labas na minumura ako dahil sobrang taas daw ng panukalang buwis, ni katiting hindi ako napikon.

But as what I hinted earlier, I am not hurt if my critics condemn me.   But I will be lying if I will say that I am not affected by the unfounded criticisms of my friends in the executive.

If you wake up Sunday morning to the news that the executive’s phantom legislative point man has accused any senator who does not toe the Finance department proposal as having been bribed by alcohol and tobacco industries, then you know that the trust is gone.

Kung isang araw din maririnig mong binabatikos ka sa radyo ng isang mataas na revenue official gamit ang datos na hindi makatotohanan, ay magtatampo ka rin talaga.

Kung ang kanyang argumento ay gumagasta ang pamahalan ng 155 bilyon pesos kada taon para gamutin ang apat na sakit na dulot nang pagsisigarilyo, ang una mong gagawin ay halughugin ang national budget para i-verify ito.

Nang binuklat ko ang budget documents for 2013, eh ang sabi doon na para sa taong ito ang gagastusin ng national government, local government at GOCCs o yung tinatawag na health sector sa kabuuan ay 59.7 billion pesos sa taong ito at 56.2 billion pesos sa susunod na taon. Kahit anong halughog ko, di ko makita ang P155 billion.

Ang masaklap pa nito the good commissioner’s erroneous data has been repeated, retweeted and retold and has been used as a main fodder against the bill.

Kasi nga naman kung ang government expenditures in treating four smoking related diseases alone ay 155 bilyon pesos na, eh ang laking lugi nga naman nito kung ikukumpara sa koleksyon ng excise tax sa sigarilyo.

Sa ganang akin, pwede namang pumuna basta tama lang ang datos. Pero anong magagawa mo, sira ka na sa batikos.

At mula sa  DoH ay maririnig natin ang linya na  wala naman silang pakialam sa revenues kesyo magkawindangwindang ang koleksyon, basta matigil ang pagyoyosi.

Eh kung ganun naman pala eh di dapat hindi na sa Ways and Means dinala ito, kundi sa Health committee at doon pagusapan ang pag-ban, hindi pag-buwis.

Kaya nga sinabi ko sa sponsorship speech ko :

“And if sin products indeed carry a misery index so high that it can’t be assuaged by high revenues, then the solution is not to tax them severely but to ban them completely.

If the social injury they cause is greater than the tax they contribute, then government should stop asking money from those who pack cigarettes and bottle the six-pack and should instead tell them to pack up and go.

There is policy incoherence in calling sin products cancer-causing and yet demand a higher cut from their sales and justify that share as an anti-cancer tax.”

Kung nakakamatay ‘yan, hindi ‘yan binubuwisan, iyan ay pinagbabawal.

Kasi ngayon may moral hazard kung pinagkakakitaan  mo ang isang bagay na nakakamatay pero hinahayaan mo dahil binubuwisan mo ito. Tax does not detoxify a product.

Kung ang sabi nga ng BIR “so if no one is smoking, then the government will be saving P144 billion,” then sa ganang akin, from a fiscal point of view, there is higher yield for the government in banning tobacco products than in collecting taxes from them.

Wala ng tier, wala ng rate, wala ng collection hassles, wala ng stamps.

Bakit pa tayo mangongolekta ng buwis kung P144 billion naman pala ang malinaw na kita kung meron pambansang goodbye sa yosi.

Pero ang justification ay kailangan ng pondo para sa universal health care.

Kulang pa nga daw ang P60 billion, kung tutuusin ang kailangan nga ay P100 billion.

Pero ito ang tanong ko : If you raise that amount, you will have to sell more unhealthy products that will cause more sickness and death.

Kung babasahin mo ang lahat ng pahayag ng ating mga kaibigan sa executive branch, mukhang ang battle cry nila ay i-restore ang 40 billion cut doon sa orihinal  na  P60 billion original target.

Pero nung pinasadahan ulit nila, ng ni-run uli nila ang forecast  na yan under the most optimistic  assumption,  sila mismo umamin na hanggang P42 billion pesos lang ang annual yield na kaya.

Sa mga meeting ko sa mga taga-DoF, they have raised the white flag on that projection as unachievable. Maari nyong itanong sa kanilang mga number-crunchers kung totoo ito.

Pero hanggang ngayon ang mantra pa rin ay P60 billion.

Even some of our friends at the Bigger House are echoing that demand.  They’ve conveyed the request that we in the Senate restore the cuts that they’ve made.

Napakamot tuloy ako ng ulo sa hamon ng mga kaibigan kong kongresista. Kung kinaltas n’yo yung P30 bilyon, bakit sa Senado nyo ipinababalik?  Bakit hindi nyo na lang sana tinapyasan mula sa simula?

If the official line now is to increase the total yield to P60 billion, and it appears to be an intractable position, then I am sorry, lubos po akong humihingi ng dispensa, that I cannot advocate it.

Kasi po, dagdag sa pagbalik doon sa orihinal na target na buwis sa sigarilyo, mangangahulugan yan ng pagpataw ng karagdagang P130 na buwis sa kada litro ng local na gin.

At pagtaas sa P150 na buwis sa bawat anim na litro ng Red Horse.

Kung ganun kataas, to borrow the words of a congressman, lahat ng pupunta sa birthday party o binyagan o kasal o anumang tagayan “will no longer raise a toast to it but will raise a fist against it.”

Mukha pong taliwas na po iyan sa aking posisyon na tamang buwis sa tamang toma.

Sa ganito pong sitwasyon, then my only recourse is to irrevocably resign the chairmanship of the committee.

Kasi kahit  anumang  gawin ko, mababatikos ako.

Kung sobra sa buwis, magagalit ang barangay ginebra at republika ng serbesa.

Kung kulang naman, ang pangungutya ng DoH na hindi napondohan ng sapat ang universal health care dahil kay Recto. At the end of the day, kahit makapagraise ka pa ng P40 bilyon, ang sukli sa iyo ay maging scapegoat sa isang batas na tinimbang nila ngunit kulang.

Kung makakaltasan ang rates, babaha ang kantyaw na winater down ko.

I am stepping aside and relinquish my position to a senator who can better fight for what the Department of Finance wants.

Historically, the journey towards a new tax law is always undertaken by the chairman of the Ways and Means committee and the DoF riding in tandem.

What the emerging situation now is that my position is no longer in synch with my supposed principals.

Because I am now seen as an obstruction and viewed with suspicion, then I have to take myself out of the equation.

It is also but fair to them.  My friends in the Finance community should be disabused of the mistaken belief that the person they are backstopping appears to be backstabbing them.

Mahirap naman po na pagdating sa debate ang mga nakaupo sa table dito sa likod ko  ay hindi sumasang-ayon sa aking paniniwala at gustong ibasura yun.

If my resignation is what is required to expedite the passage of this very important bill, then so be it.

This will also spare my friends in the DoF and the DoH   of having to talk to each one of you in marketing their version’s supposed superior traits.

We have reached the point that we should part as friends with respect for each other’s position.

My resignation will also cure a perceived anomaly by political partisans who treats my criticism of an administration measure as a betrayal of my duties as a Liberal Party senator.

But make no mistake about it, there is no quarrel as to the urgent need to legislate the intentions of this bill.  There is only a divergence of views on how to achieve it.

I am therefore withdrawing my committee report to give the incoming chairman a free hand in drafting a new one.

I see no disruption as to the timetable of its passage.

If I may suggest, Mr. President, ways on how to move forward.

The committee records, data, the transcript are all available.  These are the threads that will form the new fabric of excise tax bill. They can be easily woven into a new one. The support committee personnel plus the STSRO are on standby.

We can also adopt the House version as the discussion document and from

there proceed to make amendments.

Or we can ask the DoF to send its own bill.

Kung papayagan lang sana ng ating rules or if we can amend our rules, we can authorize an arrangement which would allow the Secretaries of Finance and Health to directly answer your queries in plenary.

Hindi na po nila kailangan  mag-room-to-room campaign.  Pwede na silang tumuloy sa plenary at bilang arkitekto ng panukalang batas na ito ang syang derechahang magpaliwanag.

I would like to apologize to you, Mr. President, and to my fellow senators if this move of mine will affect the flow of business in this chamber. But deep in my heart, this is for the best, for all of us.

Let me reiterate that I support President Noynoy Aquino in his effort to reform the sin taxes.

It is out of my loyalty to him that I am stepping aside to speed up the passage of this very important measure.

Personally, Mr. Senate President, I believe it is curtain time for me in this assignment. I am suffering from what I would call “ways and means” fatigue.

Having been doing this for almost a decade, there is taxing exhaustion on my part.

Since the start of this millennium, mukhang it is always during my watch that big-ticket tax items are being hatched.  Iba naman po sana ang gumanap ng ganung papel. I want to be relieved of my resident kontrabida role.

That role has always been a thankless job.

It is akin to living in an apartment row and waking up one morning to see your building surrounded by fire. So you proceed to collect money from other residents to buy a water hose. All the apartments were saved. But you

will not be remembered as the guy who saved the houses. You will simply be remembered as the one who collected the money to buy the water hose.


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  • alex_diaz2014

    Kumita na, tiba-tiba na mula sa mga alcohol at cigarette manufacturers, pwede nang igive-up para iba naman ang kumita…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2WTTL6FMGU4D7YZQNHAXBVO2DU Betz Chui

      Ok, ilagay natin dyan sa ways and means si Sotto, kong ayaw; si Lapid kaya, sya si Revilla na lang…kong ayaw nila e di si si Jingoy na lang.

      Senator Recto – total ikaw naman ang nagpanukala sa VAT – please pass a bill to repeal it as well…para konti na lang trabaho sa pangongolekta ng buwis ang BIR, at para konti na rin ang perang bibilangin ng DOF, hehehe. Cgurado ako sisikat ka sa lahat ng nandito!!!

  • magsasakasanayon

    it would have been better if he resigned from the senate altogether. hays.

  • alex_diaz2014

    Tama si Sen. Serge Osmena noong election sa pag-ayaw nyang makasama sa entablado si Sen. Recto sa mga kampanya…

  • jpmd88

    iwas pusoy si senator.

  • monleg

    magresign ka na rin bilang senador, you lost the trust of the people!!! Sigurado sasaluhin ka ng Philip Morris…kapalit ni tarabuena.

  • droccu

    delicadeza o nabuking lang…..?

    • sanjuan683

      magresign ka narin bilang senator, dahil sa iyo VATMAN naging magastos ang pamumuhay ng pinoy dahil sa e-vat mo na nagpahirap kada bili ng kape mayroon 12% vat. Salbahe ka

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SC573R5VTMJ6ISRH635DJ2XVLI San

    Hatchet job done. Time to stay out of the public’s eyes, and just collect…… 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GUZISWUMVDD5QJUC7GBJKEM7XA prangka

    Hanep naunahan mo pa si Sotto. Nice one. 

    • $29483279

       Naunahan mo lang ako ng 2 minuto ,pre. Bakit nga ba itong hanep na Sottong ito ay ang arte arte pa? May 80% pa ang bobong ito. Sana siya ipalit kay Recto. Anao kaya ang mangyayari sa ways and means com? Mawawala ang ways puro means na lang…Lol.

  • johnlordphilip

    If you can’t do your job, it is always honorable to just resign!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ROMRAHOVTDEUKUQIN4O6VLM5ZM cora

    Recto became unpopular because of his VAT, which is now  the milk and honey of the government.But he is forgotten. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GUZISWUMVDD5QJUC7GBJKEM7XA prangka

      This is why I am kind to him.  Sometimes unpopular laws are the most important ones. Hindi siya takot kahit magiging unpopular ang batas na isinusulong niya.  He is doing his homework what is best for the nation.  Willing siya maging sacrificial lamb. Kung ayaw ni Pnoy ng 12% VAT ni Recto puwede niya tanggalin ngayon habang nasa poder siya. But obviously gusto niya.

      • carlorocci

        Hindi nga siya takot na masagasaan ang mga mahihirap sa mga batas na isinusulong nya gaya ng VAT. Payag ka ba yun System Loss,  sa electric bill, na binabayaran mo ehhh papatawan pa ng 10% VAT. Ano ba na Value Added ang nakuha mo sa System Loss? Wala.

        Yun pagbawas nya sa halos 50% na kikitain sa SIN TAXES, sino ba ang makikinabang.  Mawawala ang halos na kalahati ng kita ng gobyerno na sana ay para sa Health Care, para sa mga nagkakasakit dahil sa paninigarilyo at paginom ng alak…..Dapat mag-resign siya bilang SENATONG….

    • sopingac

      Many do not really understand the issue and they were made to believe that the Sin Tax bill is about curbing smoking. They do not realize that the current administration simply wanted more tax revenues and killing the tobacco and alcoholic beverages just really isn’t on their agenda cause doing so is utterly stupid.

      • Janch

         The administration does want to raise more revenues — by imposing a higher taxes on tabacco and alcohol products which would also have the effect of reducing consumption of these products by Filipinos.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NDH6O6PNTAJ23SNYTA6LSYY47Q Butuan

    Tama ginawa mo na mag resigned ka!  E wala kang kwenta! lol

  • KenjiHimura

    what about the debates between the proponents of the different versions of the bill (Sen. Recto’s 15B version vs Sen. Santiago’s 60 B version and the HOR 31B version)? Will it still pushed through now that Sen Recto has resigned? I hope so because I want to know the basis/es of their version of the Sin Tax Reform Bill. The public has the right to be informed. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GUZISWUMVDD5QJUC7GBJKEM7XA prangka

    I think Sen. Recto won’t get the same intense treatment Sen. Sotto got from the netizens. Iba si Sotto – to the max ang arrogance.

    • $29483279

       Arrogance o kabobohan? Akalain mo tabla tabla na lang daw pag inalis ang libel sa Cyber law?

    • Rap88

      sabi ni sotto he will resigned also as majority floor leader. so he can file his most awaited bill junking libel law, so he can engage us in mudslinging, abangan.

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    Happy now?

    • marionics

      gusto ko happy ka
      hahaha

    • sam_aquino

      why not resign from senate???  i’d be happier, LOL…

  • blainz

    Good!

    Finally a shred of decency. Would have been even more decent had he not been pocketed by the tobacco lobby in the first place.

    Hey Sotto, take the hint!

    • sam_aquino

       that’s decency alright…  but not from sotto…

  • aim_up

    Sen. Recto, all you have to do is apologize to the people !!!

    Owning up to your mistakes is the sign of a courageous man.

    And then move about to rectify the mistake by reconvening your committee to revise the bill.

    How about it, Sen. Recto????  Regain your bearing, and your political future !!!

    Unless, your options are really really limited to just resigning, tsk tsk.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IAQLUSKZ7TH4C2FHOD7SLQONQ4 bong

    I admire his act to resign from his post in that committee.

    I was very disappointed when he watered down the sin tax bill.  

  • otoling

    Mabuti naman Recto nag-resign ka, dapat nung Lunes pa. 

    Wag ka ng maki-alam sa sin tax bill.

  • bisdak2008

    GOOD RIDDANCE! Mr. Recto-Morris.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/S5XUATIBTIKC46HFFV7IDJAARY Ed

    Whew, you really is an obstacle to a healthy nation, Senator. Nway at least you recognized it.
    A half clap for you. By the way, there’s another one there who is an obstacle to an intelligent nation. You may want to give him a brotherly advice.

  • Rap88

    Recto resigned as ways and means chair, nxt to announce his resignation is Sotto as majority floor leader, pero hindi kami happy, we want them out of the senate, they are a disgrace to the so called honorable chamber of the Phils. nakakahiya kayo…

  • samarutan

    babush!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_72KS45XZH4EFSMDCKIGIIMYMDY Michael A

    napaisip lang ako sa speech ni Sen. Recto. papaano ang itsura nang moral hazard problem sa sin tax? nakabind ba ang gobyerno na bayaran ang health bill nang lahat nang magkakasakit dahil sa sin products para magkaroon nga nang moral hazard? o kaya, aabot ba sila sa moral hazard problem kung hindi na nila kayang magparticipate sa market nang sin products dahil ubod nang mahal na nito dahil sa sin tax?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3NX6SLZAWPDFCZA77EAJ23EYXQ dennis

    Congratz Mr. Recto you deserved to resign not only in your committee but as a senator! Sana susunod yung mga senators sa ayaw sa RHbill. We need a lawmaker who will do what is best for the people.

  • tonto_ka

    how much did the he received as payment for watering down the sin tax bill???

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3RMNEZCQQHXWOQRXJROQ2CORFU Homer Guo

      “priviledge”— di na naman nag proof read ang INQ haha

  • NEGADO

    Why not resign as Senator!

  • ROVENDINO

    pa-effect lang…puwehhhh!!!!!!!!!

  • Mattino2011

    Ay commitee chairmanship lang, sana as senator na din. maY pa hos-hose ka pa sa tubig at apartments, sa privelgee speech mo…

  • ROVENDINO

    wow. 1 oras pa lang ung news dami na nag post.  Galit talaga kay Ate Ralph….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XFH3CDZSZKVLX4G74PJOQ3L64U Natx Bacalzo

    How about resigning from the senate as well?

  • indiots

    sana huwag ka na ring tumakbong senador… tsk tsk tsk buking na ang mga meeting mo sa mga kompanya ng tabako at ng dati mong among gloria.

  • indiots

    gawa na lang kayo ng tandem ng kababayan mong corona…

  • $29483279

    Senator Recto bakit strike 2 (Vat & Sin tax) pa lang  nag-out ka na? Di ba strike 3 para ma-out?  Ang nipis mo naman. Sabagay ganyan ang barakong batangenyo.

    Ang isa nga diyan bugbog sarado na, 80% pa sinasabi magreresign siya. At hindi immedite kung hind next year pa? Kala niya boxing ang Senado. Hanggang 12 o 15 round daw siya.

    Manong may puwesto na si Jackie pag nanalo sa 2013.

  • amado_guerero

    Pwehhh…arse hole…kasi napag isip isip mo na talagang di ka na mananalo sa sunod na election…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MDAWMT3LIDHOCW7ZTSYXZEUQQ4 ghe

    Sir Recto. Bakit mo ba pinagpipilitan ang 15B? 

  • indiots

    paawa effect… kumita na yan sa “I am sorry…..” sa panahon ni gloria buong sambayanang pilipino pikit mata mong dinagdagan ng 12% evat ang lahat ng pilipino. biruin mo may sakit na pagdating sa doctor yong fee may addditional na 12 %… ngayon mayayaman ang magbubuwis awang awa ka?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Recto did not say anything to Winnie Monsod’s article that he met secretly with the tobacco people to lobby the recommendation of Philip Morris for a 3-tier tax system.  Indeed, Recto’s
    committee submitted a 3-tier tax system similar to the position of Philip Morris.

    • el_latigo

      The serious allegations of Ms. Winnie Monsod,  a quite credible opinion writer and former UP professor at that,  calls for a full dress investigation about Ralph’s alleged hush-hush meeting with representatives of the tobacco industry. Recto who receives his CDF’s PDAF,s etc. from us overburdened ordinary taxpayers,  owes it to the country.  If Recto wants to Claro (borrowed from former Sen. Aquilino Pimentel) his name from this potentially  explosive & blockbuster of a scandal has a lot of explaining to do. The question is, who or what government agency is credible and reputable enough to do a credible and impartial investigation given the deep pockets of the tobacco industry? The Senate itself? May God help us… Should Mareng Winnie’s allegations are proven to be true, the least that Ralph Recto can do is resign as a Senator of the republic not a mere resignation from the committee chairmanship(s)/membership(s) in the Senate only.   

  • indiots

    matikas santos…. matikas ka talaga for this article. ha ha ha

  • KpTUL

    No one asked you to run and join politics ! Moreover, you saw it coming ! Seriosuly ? As if the people owed you coz you are there. There are many people who can do your job who looks like you and perhaps who have the same family name as you. In short, why not resign and ask your relatives to run for senator as well. Ganyan namn kayo lahat dyan mga dynasty!

    • blowcoldblowhot

      Why don’t you run if you can do the job? 

  • DYU

    pwede na mag-resign, malaki na natanggap galing sa tobacco companies…kaya so long suckers!!!! thanks for voting me to the senate

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Melchor-Sonza/100002356861753 Melchor Sonza

    ONLY ENRILE AND MARCOS NEED YOU TO STAY,,ALSO TOBACCO AND LIQUOR CO…THATS ALL.,,WE   BY ALL WAYS OF MEANS,,NEED YOU OUT,,NO UNDEBATABLE NA YAN,,,YOU SAID IT ALREADY WALANG BAWIAN,,PATUNAYAN MO NA MY ISANG SALITA KA..

  • basilionisisa

    bakit ka kasi ‘magpapaipit’ sa 2 forces? wala ka bang sariling isip? kunin mo lahat ng statistics, study them, weigh them as to which will benefit the people MOST. Mahirap ba yon? Your resignation means you don’t have the Wisdom to balance things with objectivity, you are easily persuaded because you are after Popularity rather than being Right. So, thanks for resigning, best thing that you have done, you don’t deserve the Position!

  • pilosopo4

    Character builds a man..if you truly believe in your position, you should not resign and fight it out..walang tampuhan. You were elected and be a man enough and play your role as a legislator..no matter how unpopular your actions are..if you exit it only means you are defeated.

    • KpTUL

      Politicians should and always be contemplating resignation at all times especially in the Philippines so that they can start building character for the youth of today who will run for office tomorrow. FYI, in Philippine politics, there is no such thing as character, we only have dynasties..

      • KenKhoy

        mayroon maraming karacter dito sa atin ” scoudrels and scalawags, hodlum  atbp….

      • pilosopo4

         I agree..one of the country’s biggest stumbling blocks to progress..dynasties and the oligarchy

  • sopingac

    Sen. Rectos resignation is only appropriate. He has been made as a battering ram and was effectively used in diverting attention away from the controversial cybercrime law.

    The Sin Tax bill has never been really about health but to raise more revenues for the government. It’s intention is to maximize tax collection without killing the tobacco and alcoholic beverage industry. Those who maligned him are plain hypocrites or ignorants. Many of them are Yellow Tards who just follow or believe what Malacanang or their Messiah is preaching without even thinking what the bill is really about.

    If those who really want a bill that promotes good health then they should support one that totally ban smoking. I for one will not be against it but I also understand that the repercussions of such a bill will terribly affect thousands if not millions of Filipinos. I do not really like Recto but he just do not deserve the misguided, misplaced and ignorant opinions thrown against him because of this issue. He had been criticized for the E-VAT but those who actually used the issue to propel themselves to office are mum now that they are the ones ruling.

    Recto is just a collateral damage and any of the current senators could have been the sacrificial lamb. Many may not notice or simply ignoring it but the perceived popularity of Pnoy has been cleverly exploited to get what the people behind him wants. The censorship on many blog sites has never been so biased for him that deleting posts unsupportive of the sitting administration is so alarming and this has never happened even during the times of Erap and Gloria. This is a very dangerous occurence if people are not vigilant.

    • KpTUL

       But isnt Recto a yellowtard wannabe ?  I have this impression that he had since joined the yellowtard group.

      • sopingac

        Recto is no Yellow Tard. He is just like Pnoy who dumped Gloria, pretended and projected himself as her enemy just to win the Presidency. Recto just like Noynoy went for what was politically convenient.

        It isn’t really that complicated.

    • Maidenofdforest

       Yours is one of the logical reasonings from among posters. Kahit sino ang maging chair ng committee drafting this bill ay babatikusin talaga. Gusto ng DOH ng pondo for their anti-cancer and they want it – ironically galing sa sin taxes. DOH thru executive have either to ban it —–or get their funding elsewhere kasi, humihingi sila from these tobacco wine companies ng pera—hindi nagkatunghay sa orihinal na ideya kaya binatikos si Recto.

      Just totally ban it para walang controbersya sa pagkokolekta and how much to collect–then deal later with a civil war from smokers and lasinggeros! lol.

      • kolambogan

        Just don’t smoke, ban or no ban, I’m a smoker since I was 7 years old and even sold cigarettes in the streets to support my ever growing addiction up to the age of 19, when I fortunately happened to read a medical journal about the effects of nicotine to the body. I quit after 4 tries, up to these days for more than 40 years now. Proponents of Sin products should be regulated and more stringent than other commodities, that’s what government is there for to protect the majority of the governed and not the low percent of members of the haves, rich, influential and powerful.

    • kolambogan

      Really, how dangerous?

  • Rap88

    “As senators, we must listen not only to saints but also to sinners”-Recto. That’s the problem when evils talk it is so enticing and very hard to resist.

  • Lakan Dupil

    Salamat po Mr Senator sa resignation. Di ba ang hirap namang magtrabaho na ikaw ang chairman ng ways and means tapos ang Sec ng Finance at ang BIR Chief ay hindi mo kasundo. Makatutulong ang ginawa mo.

  • xmb458

    The best way for this cretin is to just step down and apologize to the public for this traitorous deed. He will just fade away and count his money! No ifs no buts! 

  • neverwint3r

    dapat lang, me delicadeza si recto na mag-resign. it’s open secret that certain senators are receiving lobby money from these giant corporations and multi-billionares tycoons(who are mostly chinese).

    with the election coming up, these powerful taipans are pressuring the senators or they will not contribute to their campaign funds.

  • xmb458

    RECTOMORTIZ daw ba ito o RECTOMORRIS?  Matanong nga mismo ito kay Edgar Mortiz o Edu kaya o si Romeo… o sino paba?

  • itsumo kokomo

    Why not resign in your senatorial post? Sayang naman ang sinusweldo naming mamayang filipino pag di ma magawa ng wasto ang trabaho mo. Or else you must better be fired!!!

    • boldyak

      kapag hindi naibigay anbt gusto ng sexecytive branch, mali ang trabaho mo….that’s how good this government is….kakatawa

    • blowcoldblowhot

      Start a public opinion poll to recommend Lito Lapid for the WMC job, He is getting paid doing nothing.   

  • parak_obama

    naks kunyari papaawat,pare pareho lang itong  mga senatong na ito,si jpe ibibgay niya daw pwesto niya kung me kukuha,c sotto sa july 2013 ulitin ko po sa july 2013 80% na raw ang isip niya na mag re resign sa pagka majority floorleader at eto si senatong recto pinipigilan daw ng mga kapwa niya senatong mag resign sa kanyang committee. susmaryosep ang titigas ng mukha!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BL2GYU35SO6HTJUEAUTXS3QFYM George Lapulapu

    Recto is criticized because he did not raise the taxes HIGH enough to deter and curb smoking.

    Gauging from the comments below, it seems that many here are indeed for anti-smoking and wants to indeed stop smoking. 

    • Panch1t0

      How is that instead of him saying 15~20B, he should have said 59.99?

  • Rica

    This is an admirable and commendable action. I don’t remember any official resigning under the same reasons. If you feel that other people can do better, then step down and let other people do the job.That’s how it should be done. He is right, whatever he does it will be perceived as such. May delicadeza.

    However, other senators do not see the reason for his actions. Gusto ata nila, kasing tigas ng mukha nila si Recto. Well, let the man live with his decisions as you guys should live with yours. If you guys think that Recto did a bad job, then do it yourselves  and let’s see if you can do better! 

    Get on with it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GUZISWUMVDD5QJUC7GBJKEM7XA prangka

    I believe in the sincerity of of your work. In fact I didn’t read the whole speech right now. I just thought sometimes someone has to stand for courage to pass unpopular measure the same way you did before with your 12% VAT law.  Nayon ang VAT na yan napapakinabangan ng buong bayan. Actually if I remember it right, it caused your term. Mas gusto ko sa senator na nagtatrabaho kesa sa nagpapacute lang at may paiyak iyak pa – kopya gaya style lang pala.   

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    Sabi ko na nga ba. Even my colleagues would not let me step down.

    Vast majority of Filipinos want me to stay.

    Vast majority of Filipinos want the senate to remain independent.

    If you want rubber stamps, you can get them in downtown Recto.

    They have all kinds of stamps there.

    • KenKhoy

      r u sure? vast?, colleagues?independent?……..stamped

    • sam_aquino

      on the contrary, WE want you out…  that is the best thing that you can do for your country…

  • KenjiHimura

    If the main issue in the Sin Tax Reform Bill is to raise additional revenues to support the health programs of the government, the CDF or PDAF (Pork Barrel) of our legislators can be a good source as an alternative. They can refuse to accept it just like Sen. Lacson.  

    CDF or PDAF per Senator = 200M x 24 = 4.8B /year
    CDF or PDAF per Congressman = 60M x 250 = 15.12B /year
    TOTAL CDF or PDAF (Pork Barrel) OF CONGRESS = 20 B (almost) per year

    Pls. correct my figures if I am wrong. These are our taxes anyway. Just my opinion.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Z6R2QAY7UWNJMTCRTED3JZXPIA Joey

    resignations should ALWAYS be accepted, whatever the reason. when a person submits his or her resignation, it indicates a lack of willingness to commit to the job at hand to the fullest. politics aside, this is not in the interest of the people who first chose the resigning person to keep said person in the same post.

  • santosboi

    it is just simply to impose the sin tax. bakit need pang me kung anu-ano? bakit need pang balansehin ang magkabilang panig. ABAY MAS MAHAL PANG KUMAIN KASO SA MAGBISYO!  just think of it sir recto. kung natatakot ka nadadami ang smuggler. di mo po problema yan! problema po ng PCG at custom yan. kung natatakot ka na baka mawalan ng trabaho ang mga tobaco worker and farmer. problema po yan ng DOLE. 

  • bentot_ako

    mga senador nakabulsa na galing sa mga tabacco at liquor companies…
    recto talagang bobo…dati e-vat ngayon sin tax..
    dapat hindi na talaga pinababalik sa public service dahil panay sariling bulsa lang ang inaatupag…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5UOZM4PWIDKO7G64HL3PPMXUTM Constantine

    Hey Senator Recto, if you are really sincere then consider yourself resigned as Chairman of Senate’s Ways and Means and majority of Filipinos would be happy. Don’t meddle anymore as to who will replace you and who can fast track or whatever the passing of the sin tax law. 

    Pero mukhang nananakot lang kayo ni Enrile e.

    Kung sincere ka hwag ka nang makialam. Make your resignation irrevocable!!!!!!

  • xmb458

    This has been your forte Mr EVAK SA ULO king all along difa? . Dumale muna bago magresign tapos biglang talikod na nakangisi… Magkano ang nadale mo dito Mr “segunda mano” king?? 

  • marienkind

    It’s easy to judge Recto as a scourge of the land for drafting the E-Vat tax laws many years ago. What people don’t really realize is that it’s thanks to the boost given by the e-vat tax that the government was able to curb its foreign and local debts, lower the interest rates of future debts, and stabilize the monetary flow enough for us to avoid the fate of Greece, Italy, and Spain who are now experiencing bankruptcy, loss of investor confidence, and massive unemployment.  

    • wawa2172

       From Recto I learned the reality of a bitter pill to swallow to achieved the objective. He sponsored the e-vat and now were reaping the fruits of it. It provide a shot in the arm in our economy and stability in government as it able to fund government operation and projects to met the needs of the people. The sin tax must be approach with effective taxation. Recto’s committee made a win-win solution and meeting halfway that  is between maximum and minimum taxation. It is better if want to realized achievable tax collection. Henares 60B collection target for sin tax is suntok sa buwan and she better be the one to resign because her target is unachievable. If we really dislike smoking, I for one is a non-smoker then we better totally ban smoking. This can be done by passing a bill that  those who will be caught smoking will be shot and if he lives then he will be shot again. What do you think Noy? Raising sin taxes may not result to higher collection but rather it may make smoker  to be innovative and resort to “likit morris” in bisaya. Its a process of rolling dried tobacco leaves in a bond paper and presto may yosi na. If the executive so insist, I would suggest that the senators who belong to LP coalition approves the bill of raising 60 B for sin taxes with inclusive condition that the BIR must collect the said amount during the tax period and if they fail they will be shot in the butt. Hindi ganoon kalakas ang proposal ni Henares, malayo ito sa katotohanan na makolekta. Better ban smoking, walang perang pag aawayan at sakit sa baga dahill sa paninigarilyo.

      • Maidenofdforest

         Amen. Yan naman pala ang gusto ng publiko alisin yung pag sigarilyo, tangallin at ipagbawal para wala ng reklamo tungkol sa pagbubuwis na ito. Gawin agad at ilagay si Sen. Lito Lapid sa komitee!! Hehehehehehe……

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3NX6SLZAWPDFCZA77EAJ23EYXQ dennis

      Buti nalang hindi lahat na Filipino tulad mo marami pa sanang recto ang matulongan mong makaupo sa senado.Sa pagkakaalam ko basi sa Economic Forum from 2008 hangang kasalukuyan ang paglakas ng ating economiya ay hindi dahil sa E-Vat kundi dahil sa remittances ng OFW. Subukan mong tingnan ang NEDA’s report since 2008 para matauhan ka na ang idol mong si Recto ay naging sadhi ng pagtaas ng ating mga pangunahing bilihin…..

      • marienkind

        The E-Vat started taking effect 2006 after being passed last quarter of 2005 and that’s also about the time the projected and actual debt rates fell. By the time your so called data kicked in, EVat already had 3 years to shape the fiscal position of the country. The problem with the OFW theory is that remittance does not directly equate to government purchasing power given the near zero tax collection rates from OFWs. It had and effect but not as direct. In case you missed my original point, I was talking about debt management, not purchasing power per capita. Good day.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/E5I7ZKIERTX53LGGVMSVMODHSA bentot

    just let him resign !!!!!!!

  • andre_iboy920

    akala ko pa naman as senador, good news na sana yun pala papakipot lang pala, press release lang, parang artista lang.

  • regd

    Goodness me, leave the guy alone! He might be stupid but he’s elected (also by people like him)! This is democracy people. We gotta hear all sides even if you disagree with it. 

    • kolambogan

      So what if he’s elected, he wooed the electorate for his position with so many promises, because if he will just sit idly there and do nothing, he don’t deserve the position at all, deep inside most of them know they don’t, but inflated egos is an abundant commodity for nincompoops and pretenders (kapalmuks ika nga) but he should not go to the extent of doing ala Sotto and and ala Recto. He should be like anyone one else who is enjoyin and living in style wallowing in the benefits of the big salaries, pork barrel, perks, priviliges and powers of an elected government position, therefore must prove his or her worth and not sit idly by waiting for the next election, if they will not they should be shamed to their face for denying the people of worthy representatios and let others do the respectable job which they don’t know what to do in the first place.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XWH5SD6XPM3XKND6PJQQ32ZRAU Mabuhay

    Good for him. Either way he would still be attacked. Just give the position to Lito Lapid para may magawa naman yung tao. Kawawa naman panis na laway sa sobrang tahimik, sabagay naniniwala sya sa “no talk no error”. Si Sotto “more talk more error”. 

    • Maidenofdforest

       Agree. Ibigay k Sen. Lapid and chairmanship…baka mas ma maraming alam si Lito tungko lsa pagbubuwis at maging happy naman yung mga bumabatikos sa sin tax….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ON7OVYELIEWW7U25MAF7XD36WU Cubano

    Mag resign ka na lang. Daming pang satsat.

  • dinadaga

    Tama ang sinabi mo Sen Recto, wala kang panalo lalo na at salungat sa kagustuhan ng napaka popular na pangulo. Sa mga komento lang dito, bale wala ang mga datos na pinagbasehan mo ng iyong panukala. Hindi biro na malaki pala ang inaabuno ng DOH sa pagtulong sa mga nagkasakit sa paninigarilyo dahil mas malaki pa ito sa budget ng DOH. Pinipili lang ang gustong marinig. Total pinipersonal pati na ang misis mo, ilaglag ninyo kaya sa Batangas ang mga senatorial candidates ng administration para malaman nila na mas kailangan ni Ate Vi kesa sa pangangailangan ninyo sa kanila.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3NX6SLZAWPDFCZA77EAJ23EYXQ dennis

      Hindi ka ba dinadaga sa pinagsasabi mo? Pauto ka rin kay recto para kang sinto-sinto. May sinabi ba ang Administrasyon tungkol sa asawa nya? Ang malaking usapan dito ay hindi tungkol kay aquino kundi nyong benipisyo ng sintax bill sa mamamayang Filipino ugok!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T42Q37DX5BRWJ5NRYTBC2DXUAU Jols – batman Robin

    magkano ba binigay ng mga company na ito sayo…..RECTO… resign k na walang pipigil sayo.

  • boldyak

    I will vote for Recto…he is no. 1 on my list….but I urge you not to resign…arami bumabatokos noon sa EVAT, pero hindi nila alam na gumanda ang ekonomeya ng Pinas dahil sa EVAT na yan, kung hindi maganda ang EVAT sigurado nagngangawa sila ngayon dahil gusto ng government ngayon maraming pera na nakukuha…kaya ang medyo maliit ang kita ng iyong panukala na batas, ayan nagngangawa…

    • kolambogan

      Palagay ko kagaya mo, number ONE din si Recto sa mga ahente ni kamatayan, kapitalista ng mga Sin Products at mga taong ok lang mag ka emphysema, lung, throat, liver and kidney cancers, TB atbp. Inyong-inyo na siya kung siya’y inyong idolo, iuwi na ninyo at huwag niyo ng pabayaang maangkin pa ng iba.

  • garyvdd

    resignation from committee chairmanship, the initial reaction of senator recto, is a good indication that the allegation of him being in the pocket of the strong tobacco & alcohol lobby. the senate should replace him with a more honest member, whose interest is that of the country.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3NX6SLZAWPDFCZA77EAJ23EYXQ dennis

    Congratz Mr. Recto you deserved to resign not only in your committee but as a senator! Sana susunod yung mga senators sa ayaw sa RHbill. We need a lawmaker who will do what is best for the people.

  • speedstream2

    If the honorable senator really wants to resign as committee chair either to drive home a point or to calm the tempest that has arisen from the six tax bill or to mitigate the backlash from his stand on the issue at hand or all of these and more, can anybody and anything stand in the way of his decision? Truth be told, the world will still turn, life goes on, and what’s got to be done will be done in the hope that the common good will be served.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3NX6SLZAWPDFCZA77EAJ23EYXQ dennis

    Isa ka pa Ferdinand Marcos wala pa nga ikaw napatunayan dyan sa senado para kang sino nasusuporta kay Recto. Sayang at malayo pa ang election ang sarap nyong sipain sa senado mga walng kwenta. senadores ng mga mayaman. Kahit ano pang hugas kamay na gagawin mo Recto baho pa rin ang hininga mo! 

  • Yul Dorotheo

    A lot of drama but not much substance. A lot of Rectos’ speech sounds like it was written by the tobacco industry (e.g. if it’s so bad, why not ban? but no, you need the tax revenues…). He continues to pretend that his Rectomized version is fair to both sides of the debate.  If that were true, he should have been receiving criticism from the sin industries as well, but they have been conspicuously silent. He is obviously wrong to claim, “If you try to seek the middle, chances are, you will be crushed in between.” because this doesn’t apply to him. He chose to side with the industry, so they are quiet, while the pro-health tax reformists have had to raise the alarm.

  • totan

    PRESSURE FROM EXECUTIVE????  Is Senator Miriam Santiago from Executive???

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UWISP2YXGDQ7K2SIX2GI37B2EI Darwin

    Ano ba ang problema if you heed the call of the majority of the population? Hindi ba ito nga ang dapat? Natatakot kayo ma-sway sa opinion of the majority, BAKIT? Akala nyo hindi namin naiintindihan ang Bill nyo? Come on. May utak na ang masa ngayon. Di na mauuto.

  • 12JEM

    Tama ka lang Sen Recto na mag-resign as Chair of the WMC.. Sabi ko nga na sana ay huwag kang maging glutton for BATIKOS dahil sa mga tax measures your are sponsoring for the govt.

    Anyway, pag-uwi mo sa Batangan, sinsay ka muna sa amin at nang tayo ay MAKABARIK.

    You can now have a good Sleep.

    The best Sleep is the SLEEP OF THE JUST.

    Also, The SLEEP JUST AFTER.

  • gwenbot50

    Noong una 12% VAT, eh nasaan na ba napunta ang nakuha na pundo na nanggaling sa VAT.  Eh lalo pa rin lumaki ang utang ng Pilipinas ngayon.  Ngayon sin tax na naman, ang dami dami na natin binabayaran na buwis pero kinokulang pa rin ng pera ang governo, ay ang hirap ng buhay oh, kawawa naman ang mga Pinoy.

  • http://www.yahoo.com JOSE RIZAL

    Nothing is new in the “MaTuwad Na Daan”…they will demonize everybody who is not in line with them.
    Good acting by Kim Henares…ABS-CBN will consider him BEST ACTRESS…
    Hahahahaha!

    • bisayagid

      Ngayon ko lang nalaman na HE she Kim Henares….LOL

      • KapitanBagwis

        hahahahahahaha!!!!!

    • kolambogan

      Not new, not even your namesake will stoop to the way you criticise those whom you disagree with. Bring some relevant points, so just in case you suffer the fate of your namesake (only in this forum) you will be remembered well and not just as a sarcastic laughing administration basher whose main purpose is to ridicule and not to articulate for a healthy discussion of issues debated on merits.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RDDM5UQ45HLPPKM66KYEBCMTCE dave

    “As senators, we must listen not only to saints, but also to sinners.” -Sen. Ralph Recto.
    I’m not sure you are a devoted Christian senator, please forgive me. My literature professor always shout in class, “never claim that you are a Christian if you don’t read the bible”. Last check when I read Proverbs, God detest the plea of the wicked. Why do you want to listen to sinners? Why do you tolerate sin? If your argument is to ban it, then with all due respect Mr Senator, file a bill banning the sale of these products. Katulad halimbawa sa season ng election, napipigilan naman ang lahat ng stores sa bansa na magtinda ng alak. Why not make that a lifetime law and extends that to cigarettes?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UQXLAHQCCIEO3WMCTNZSWIE3AI Lagotka

    Mr. Ralph Recto, the people of the Republic of the Philippines accept your resignation from the WMC. We hope you also resign from the senate because you sold your position to Lucio Tan. No need to return the bribe to Lucio Tan. Keep the perang nakaw but keep out of our senate!

  • gatdila

    Senator Marcos must be autistic living in his separate universe! The tremendous pressure for Ralph  Rectum resignation is from us common Filipino people not Malacanang. Rectum has to resign immediately for Senate to save face. 

  • magcalasL

    First to support Recto is Enrile, followed by Bongbong Marcos…..what region these two came from????? Now you know why. Remember these names next election.

  • 12JEM

    Purisima and Ona, get your acts together and get another Senator to sponsor the bill in the Senate.

    Spare Senator Recto this time.  Read the Resignation Speech of Senator Recto.

    Lalo na ikaw Ona…Basahin mo ng 5 times ang speech ng iyong kabayan.

    Purisima, I will believe you deserve your award as the Best Finance Secretary, if you can collect 90 Billion Pesos from Sin TAX….Kahit 40 Billion hindi ninyo kayang bunuin iyan.

  • Bengatibo

    Nice try, Lobbyist, Now doble ang gastos niyo since a new ways and means chairman will me nominated, magpapalabas naman kayo nang payola para sa kanya!!!

  • TUBAGBOHOL.com

    The least Recto could do for the country is to quit as senator.

    • 12JEM

       Why?

      • kolambogan

        Because he don’t deserve the position, I believe Senators should have the guts to defend their actions in the halls of the Senate, for they don’t represent themselves only and a few favored people and companies. They represent the Filipino people as a whole and that’s the least expected of them. Senator Recto can always hem and haw about his actions, but he did not serve the good of the public plain and simple, that’s why he’s quitting and running from the fight, yet still had the guts to imply that he deserve thank you for offering them a haphazard piece of legislation clearly favoring only vested interests including his own. He has no other master than the majority of the citizens whom he courted to put him in his present position and sworn to serve without fear or favor or purpose of evasion.

  • edm365f31

    Ralph you really don’t get it. Its not only about low or high taxes its about eliminating the disease that smoking brings to our population young or old.  If increasing taxes is a way to eliminate it so be it.  The emphasis here is health first before anything else; and you keep on talking about the tobacco industry losing jobs with higher taxes; you don’t get it!!.  If the tobacco industies close shop and move out; then your bill have done an excellent job. you have just eliminated a major cause of death.
    You took the lobby money just admit it…

  • Pogi=”No To Political Dynasty”

    Mr. Recto sa senado ka mag resign dahil halata naman na binigyan ka ng pera ng tobacco at liquor company.

  • Panch1t0

    If there is real justification on Mr. Recto’s version of sin tax bill, he should have move on with the argument. After all, senate president and some senators seem to be in his side. He will be given the chance to explain, and people will work in their minds if his version would make any sense. But instead, he resigned to his chair and withdrew his version.

    What now the people think. Insinuation against him must be true, he’s hiding it!

  • jga94

    I still don’t trust Recto. He tows the same lines the tobacco industry tows….if it’s so bad, why not ban it instead (kung yung smoking bans lang, or ad bans or sin taxes….nagwawala na tobacco industry at nagbabaha na ng pera pangontra…eh di lalo na yung total ban)…..listen to the sinners also…..it will burden the small people not the tobacco industry (yeah, that’s why the industry is moving heaven and earth not to get it passed bec. it will not affect them)….he is doubting that this is a anti-cancer bill……parang galing sa papers ng tobacco industry…..

  • sopingac

    If the atrocious comments is to be the basis, this country is certainly heading nowhere.

    Just because the administration didn’t get what they wanted, the Yellow Tards are out in full force lambasting a senator who in my opinion just did a job that would generate more tax revenues for the government without killing the tobacco and alcoholic beverages industry.

    His critics are so obsessed about turning this into a health issue when in fact making more money for the government is the main objective of the current administration. They are merely tring to soften its impact and possible adverse public opinion since many are actually into smoking and alcohol beverage drinking. The Malacanang spin doctors are also focusing on smoking primarily because it is a serious health issue that resonates among majority of Filipinos and even for smokers  but they are not making a big fuss about alcohol consumption.

    It is not difficult to gather support against smoking but alcohol comsumption is different story because even the casual drinkers and not heavy drinkers like those who enjoy wine will not be fully supportive. This administration is so clever that men of lesser smarts would never get what they really want. This administration wants more tax revenue but they do not want to offend anyone about raising taxes and it is for this reason that they neeeded a Recto.

    This bill is not about public health. It is about making more tax money in a popular way. If this is really about anti-smoking, the administration would have no problem getting a bill sponsor as they have the pork barrel control. I have no problem with people who are against smoking as I too is not against banning smoking. What appals me is how many are taking this issue. The bill itself may be complicated but the purpose is so elementary and yet people who are computer literate are bashing Recto for doing something that he believes will serve both the ends of the administration and the affected industries.

    It is no wonder why a President who eternally relies on an idiot box got elected.

    • JK1000

      The reason why this country is going nowhere as you claimed, it’s partly because people like YOU.

      • sopingac

        I am obviopusly in the minority, look at yourself and the state of this country.

        That alone sums it up.

      • KapitanBagwis

        hehehe blame all your senators and GMA

      • sopingac

        You want to end smoking which means killing the industry and yet you want more tax revenues for the government. Jezzzz..!!

        You simply cannot have it both ways my dear. It’s either you’ll have a win-win situation for the government and the industries affected or you totally ban smoking.

        It is that simple. Unfortunately, not for everyone.

      • kolambogan

        Really?

    • Panch1t0

      Mr. Recto may have the right thing to do. But he bowed out. Mr. Recto should have done the other way, to prove his critics wrong.

    • Seaflip

      This long dissertation would have been credible except that you began and ended your post with profanity. Go get a mouthwash.

      • sopingac

        I have no problem if you do not agree with what I believe is true.

    • KapitanBagwis

      Well sir, we respect your wrong opinion of Recto’s work. Remember, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, and majority of the people sees Recto’s work as ugly.

  • Panch1t0

    “Tobacco kills”, that’s for sure. It killed senator Recto’s post.

    • boybakal

       Tobacco kills, not for sure….the Indians in the Andes are smoking for thousand years and they are still alive
      The Ilocanos are planting and smoking tobacco and not only alive but have long life.
      Tobacco does not kill…it gives more long life.

      • Panch1t0

        I did not wrote “tobacco kills all”. But it can kill for sure. I’m a smoker, I’m still alive, boybakal.

      • suburbanmother

        I don’t know how old you are but there’s a pretty good chance that you will suffer from a smoking related disease later on. Very, very few people escape the bad effects of smoking. If by a stroke of luck you don’t get any, the other people around you inhaling your smoke might acquire it, thanks to you.

      • Panch1t0

        Thanks mom. I’m thinking to quit. This bill will be a big help.

      • kolambogan

        I guess, malas lang si Gabriel Flash Elorde, he indulged in both. Lahat naman mamamatay, meron lang hindi alam, mas mauuna sila sa iba, lalo na kung may nagtutulak pa.

      • kolambogan

        I guess malas lang si Gabriel Flash Elorde, he indulged in both.

  • jga94

    ‘Taxes do not detoxify a product…”

    Hindi naman yun ang sinasabi….taxes deter the youth from trying or engaging in smoking or binge drinking because of the prohibitive price and it gives impetus to the poor to give up or tone down these vices….there will still be the smokers and drinkers because these are addictive products…it will take more than just tax measures to make them stop….

  • TinimbangNgunitKulang

    Why not have all senatongs resign? They are only good at serving themselves anyway.

  • JK1000

    It didn’t surprise me that Bongbong Marcos, Juan Ponce Enrile are defending Ralph Recto, remember these same people and families were once together under the brutal Marcos years in power. Ralph’s father is a well known hardcore marcos loyalist and close associate of the NO SHAME Marcos family. Ralph Recto should admit that he really favored tobacco companies .

    • kolambogan

      Me too, wonder what the Great Claro will think of his grandson, if he’s still alive today?

  • boybakal

    Don’t resign…fight for what you think is right.
    Just because of the heat, you’ ll run, no way. Find a solution for that heat.
    Problem is….debate, no debate on merits and demerits of the bill.
    Face to face debate…argue and not prepared statement.
    May the best man win and the best bill wins too.

    • Panch1t0

      He should have done that, instead. That’s the measurement of a true man.

      • kolambogan

        Then by what standard should Recto be measured?

    • D_BystandeR

      I think Sen. Ralph Recto is just an honest man being “pressed” to his neutral corner and who finally decided to appraise his “thankless job” as head of the committee which is entrusted to hatch tax bills for implementation. He knows deep in his heart the difficulties  that he encountered while in the process of conducting a thorough study of the “sin tax bill” and after giving his careful and measured understanding of the different relevant factors involved he finds out the efforts he exerted are not enough. So, what can he do? Being a true-bloodied member of the Liberal Party and being at the crossroad of a delicate point where he has to decide that he does not want to alienate himself from President Noynoy’s group, he has no other choice but to resign and give up the chairmanship of that “Ways and Means Committee” to whoever wants to take it. Sen. Recto is that kind of guy who is mindful of what history will do later on if it blames him for a more “dreadful scenario” than what the country folks are witnessing as a result of the passage of that law on “added taxation of 12%?” Evat enacted several years ago that saw the prices of everything going up that caused the present hardships of every living Filipinos.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001062034695 Wacs Harper

    The only solution is to make those sin products flat rate, 1 litter bottle = Php 1500 all products and all brands, 1 cigarette pack = Php 200 all brands, all imported items will be 10 times the rate, and all are at a tax rate of 50%, then you will surely get a revenue of Php 155 Billion. But I wonder if anyone would buy, if no one buys, no government income.

    High tax, bad for business, bad for smokers. Low tax, good for business, good for workers, good  for farmers, good for smokers, good for doctors, good for pharmaceutical companies, good for hospitals, good for funerals, good for cemetery, less people on earth but bad for insurance and too much pollution.

    • AntiAko

      SINGAPORE: 1 pack of marlboro = 330 pesos
      MALAYSIA: 1 pack of marlboro = 120 pesos

      Kahit na gawing 100 pesos ang kaha dito sa atin, mas mura pa rin. at tiyak may bibili pa rin dahil kung walang bumibili ng yosi dahil mahal dapat wala nang mabibiling sigarilyo sa singapore at malaysia kung saan mas mahal pa nga ang yosi.

      • maximus_meridius

        Bobo!  Mas mataas naman di hamak yung sweldo ng mga tao sa Singapore at Malaysia kumpara sa dito sa atin.  Next time pag nag comment ka tungkol sa bagay na yan, i consider mo rin yung “spending power” ng mga tao sa bansa ba sina cite mo.  Bobo!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FGLCSWEISCSAYRSODQ7MEOWLNI yahoo-FGLCSWEISCSAYRSODQ7MEOWLNI

    An old trick of a Garbage Politician to gain sympathy by offering to resign his chairmanship. Even  Recto will resign as a senator I am pretty sure he has enough until his bones decompose out of the lobby money receives from tobacco companies. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001062034695 Wacs Harper

    Government should already approved that bill even if they will only get small income, that’s the best solution then amend it later on. How many months do you think that bill is floating? It means that its the same number of months that the government does not receive any revenue.

    Like  what the Chinese said, “konti kita basta madami benta”, same as tax, with lower tax, it will not hurt the ones paying, since the ones who pay do not notice that they are paying in more times than the usual.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UQXLAHQCCIEO3WMCTNZSWIE3AI Lagotka

      Yan ang logic ni Lucio Tan. Konti-konti loko sa pinoy para hindi halata!

  • maximus_meridius

    If this stupid administration is sincerely and genuinely concerned with the health of the populace (secondary to earning more money), why not totally ban outright the sale of alcohol and tobacco altogether?  Raising taxes is “discriminatory to us middle and lower income earners”.  The rich can very well afford the high price of alcohol and tobacco even if the price of 1 bottle of beer is P100 and 1 stick of cigarette is P20. This will give rise to smuggling and black market and even criminal activities.  Since there will be rampant smuggling, wala na rin kokolektahin na additional taxes ang opis ni mongolid Kim Henares.  And on that note, “why not also ban the sale of sugar as it causes diabetes”?  What a stupid government and its officials!  Tama lang ang ginawa mo na mag resign Mr. Recto.

    • JK1000

      Idiot !

      • maximus_meridius

         Maggot low-life cockroach!  I know you are under the payroll of malacanang communications group.

      • KapitanBagwis

        hehehe manghuhula ka pala :(

        Pathetic fortune teller.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UQXLAHQCCIEO3WMCTNZSWIE3AI Lagotka

      Boss maximus, ang babaw ng logic mo. Using your logic, why not ban pork and beef? That argument was used in Australia, pinagtawanan lang yung comparison mo ng tobacco with sugar! We can also ban gasoline because it causes pollution. Stupid argument!

      It’s the people who are rejecting Recto’s proposal, can’t you get that to your silly head?

      • maximus_meridius

        You can say whatever you like bro but this proposed tax on alcohol and tobacco is still very “discriminatory” in that only the rich and famous now can only afford to drink and smoke.  Sorry na lang dun sa hindi afford yung price ng alcohol and tobacco.  Ok lang ba sayo yun?  Yung mga mayayaman na lang ba yung may privilige uminum at mag smoke?

      • KapitanBagwis

        Para mong tinanong na “ang mayayaman na lang ba yung may privilege kumain ng New York cut steak”?

        Ang mga mahihirap din pwedeng kumain kung kaya nilang bumuli. 

    • KapitanBagwis

      What you are suggesting is against the Constitution of free business enterprise.

      • maximus_meridius

        Di mo pa rin yata ma kuha yung “discriminatory” nature ng increased taxes on the lower income group.  The hypocrite proponents of this sin tax reason for raising taxes on these products is for “health reasons” daw.  Ibig sabihin ba nyan eh yung mga mayayaman na lang ang pwedeng uminom at maninigarilyo dahil kaya nila?

      • KapitanBagwis

        “Ibig sabihin ba nyan eh yung mga mayayaman na lang ang pwedeng uminom at maninigarilyo dahil kaya nila”? ~ Nasaaan ang discrimination duon, hindi naman sila binabawalan bumili kung kaya nila.

        Hindi mo nakukuha ang substance ng bill, talagang ang purpose para di na bumili ang mga mahihirap sa dahilan na malaki ang ginagastos ng gobyerno kapag sila ay nagkasakit ng anumang sakit sanhi ng paninigarilyo.

  • AntiAko

    “Ang dahilan po ay dahil wala naman talagang gustong magbayad ng mataas na buwis sa lipunang ito.”

    MALI. GUSTO NG TAUMBAYAN TAASAN ANG BUWIS SA ALAK AT SIGARILYO!!!

  • Sarkasmos

    The art of Double Speak…..

    RALPH RECTO’S PRIVILEGE SPEECH:  Clearly, I am the national punching bag of the week.  And I am not
    surprised. Because if you are head of the Ways and Means committee,
    expect to be pilloried and never be praised.

    RALPH RECTO, AKO ANG IYONG KUNSENSYA:  Clearly I am the national punching bag of the week. And I am not surprised  because I sold my soul to the devils of the tobacco industry. Obviously, the previous chairmen  of the Senate Ways and Means Committee were never pilloried like this. Heck, most Filipinos don’t even know who the previous chairmen of this committee were.

    RALPH RECTO’S PRIVILEGE SPEECH: May bumabatikos  na kulang ang aking ipinanukalang buwis. May humihiyaw
    naman na sobrang laki . Sa bawat  sigaw na  “Itaas!” may sumasagot naman
    na “Ibaba!”

    RALPH RECTO, AKO ANG IYONG KUNSENSYA: Sa bawat isang taong sumisigaw ng “Ibaba”, sampu o higit pa ang sumisigaw na “Itaas”. Nakakabingi talaga ang nagbibingi-bingihan.

    RALPH RECTO’S PRIVILEGE SPEECH:There is policy incoherence in calling sin
    products cancer-causing and yet demand a higher cut from their sales and
    justify that share as an anti-cancer tax.”Kung nakakamatay ‘yan, hindi ‘yan binubuwisan, iyan ay pinagbabawal.”

    RALPH RECTO, AKO ANG IYONG KUNSENSYA: Alam ko namang hindi pwedeng ipagbawal eh.  Pero clarong, claro na deterrent talaga ang higher sin taxes.  Clarong, claro. Kaya lang kaunti lang ang mana ko kay Lolo Claro. Mas malaki pamana nina  Lolo Philip at si Lolo Lucio.

    RALPH RECTO’S PRIVILEGE SPEECH: Kulang pa nga daw ang P60 billion, kung tutuusin ang kailangan nga ay P100 billion.Pero ito ang tanong ko: If you raise that
    amount, you will have to sell more unhealthy products that will cause
    more sickness and death.

    RALPH RECTO, AKO ANG IYONG KUNSENSYA: Alam ko naman na for most of my critics, the main issue is the people’s health especially the youth, secondary lang ang revenues. Pero maganda na lang mag focus sa economic gobbledygook, kasi economist ako. In other words,  mukha akong pera.

    RALPH RECTO’S PRIVILEGE SPEECH:  But I will be lying if I will say that I am not affected by the unfounded criticisms of my friends in the executive.

    RALPH RECTO, AKO ANG IYONG KUNSENSYA:  Kala ko kasi I can have my cake and eat it too. Or I can have the best of both worlds. Kala ko pa naman BFF kami forever without conditions (WIPES TEARS).

    RALPH RECTO’S PRIVILEGE SPEECH: It is akin to living in an apartment row and
    waking up one morning to see your building surrounded by fire. So you
    proceed to collect money from other residents to buy a water hose. All
    the apartments were saved. But you will not be remembered as the guy who saved
    the houses. You will simply be remembered as the one who collected the
    money to buy the water hose.

    RALPH RECTO, AKO ANG IYONG KUNSENSYA: Oh, I almost forgot. It was I who lit the match and started the fire. In fairness, I merely wanted to light a cigarette.

    RALPH RECTO’S PRIVILEGE SPEECH: What the emerging situation now is that my position is no longer in synch with my supposed principals.

    RALPH RECTO, AKO ANG IYONG KUNSENSYA: What I meant to say was:  What the emerging situation now is that my position is no longer in synch with my supposed PRINCIPLES (not principals). Because when it comes to my principles, the operative word is really “supposed”.  

    RALPH RECTO’S PRIVILEGE SPEECH: Because I am now seen as an obstruction and viewed with suspicion, then I have to take myself out of the equation.

    RALPH RECTO, AKO ANG IYONG KUNSENSYA: I have learned from Sotto’s misfortunes.

    RALPH RECTO’S PRIVILEGE SPEECH: I am suffering from what I would call “ways and means” fatigue.

    RALPH RECTO, AKO ANG IYONG KUNSENSYA: Looking for WAYS so that you can be a man of considerable MEANS is really exhausting.

    RALPH RECTO’S PRIVILEGE SPEECH: I want to be relieved of my resident kontrabida role.
    That role has always been a thankless job.

    RALPH RECTO, AKO ANG IYONG KUNSENSYA: Ako lang ang kontrabida na mas malaki ang talent fee kesa sa lahat ng bida combined.

    PHILIP MORRIS: It’s not a thankless job, Ralph. (With apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning) How do I love thee, Ralph, let me count the ways?  One hundred million….two hundred million….three hundred million…..

    • kolambogan

      Maybe a BILLION?

  • El_Gran_Capitan

    Booo

  • AntiAko

    Recto should resign not because of the pressure from the executive but because of the pressure from the Filipino people whom he betrayed!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UQXLAHQCCIEO3WMCTNZSWIE3AI Lagotka

      The people are pressuring Recto to resign!

  • http://twitter.com/kintoy Boardinggate101.com

    style

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

    Mag resign eh di mag resign……. bakit wala na bang iba? Parang sinabi narin ng ibang senador na wala silang kakayahan. Ang babaw! Diba si Recto co-author kung bakit nagkaruon tayo ng karagdagang TAX  10+2= 12% TAX na ngayon!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

    What is important they must do their JOB !

  • F14Tomcat

    He couldn’t take the heat anymore, so he got out of the kitchen!  Good riddance!  Onward with the inquiry regarding the allegations of Presidential Legislative Liaison Office Secretary Manuel Madamba on those senators that are receiving lobby funds from tobacco and liquor companies.  Let the chips fall where it may.

  • 711sense

    If Rectro really believe that his bill is the right thing to do and he is not taking any money from any of his constituency or from the tobacco industries in his province, he should standby and fight for the passage of his bill and also fight anyone who says otherwise. To resign is basically telling his detractors that all their accusations against him is true. Perhaps Rector is afraid of Malacanang because Malacanang and their stooges will attack and destroy anyone who is against them. Good luck Sen Recto!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UQXLAHQCCIEO3WMCTNZSWIE3AI Lagotka

      Nothing is right with Recto’s proposal! It is very obvious he was siding with Lucio Tan!

  • suburbanmother

    Recto is miguided and got it all wrong here. It is quite impossible to ban these items. Heavy taxation will at least decrease the number of people consuming it because of high cost. The main objective is for health reasons. The money collected is a bonus and will be used toward education, health care costs for those afflicted by tobacco and alcohol related diseases. So if Recto wants to resign he should. His interest is not for the people but for the select few only. .

  • bong ifurung

    The remedy is to shelf the sin tax bill and enforce the old law properly.

    • kolambogan

      I totally agree with your proposal, hope it be given considerations by whoever can make it happen. It only goes to show that enforcing old laws and shelving whatever proposed bills and enacted ones by the present legislative bodies can be disregarded for just trying hard copy-cats of the old. So if it can be done, Filipinos will be better off without Congressmen and Senators useless with their big salaries, pork barrels perks, privileges and powers all, if their outputs will be just as sloppy as the RH Bill and the Sin Tax Bill.

  • jimiji

    smoke-screen

  • Nic Legaspi

    Seriously, is the entire political exercise in this country centered on the clashes or cooperation between the Executive and Legislative? To my dear Senators, Congressmen, the President, and local government Executives: THE FILIPINO PEOPLE ARE YOUR BOSSES, DAMMIT!

    If the Senators think the resignation of Recto has something to do with pressure from the Executive, hindi ba nila naisip ang tingin ng mga mamamayan sa panukala ni Recto? Hindi lahat ay masaya dito. Yes, I agree with the Senators when they say they should not give in to Executive demands, pero makinig sana sila sa sinasabi ng mga ordinaryong Pilipino.

  • mabyrik

    Just Resign Recto. At isauli ang dapat isauli. Dami mo pang drama, wala namang kuwenta. Just do them.

  • UrHONOR

    Sotto, Enrile….now Recto…..they all  want to resign…..ano yan, puro porma na lang…pananakot?  Hindi na kailangan pa ng abi-abiso kung gusto talagang mag-resign. Resign na ensiguida.  Otherwise, puro pagpapakwela lamang yang mga hambang yan na pang puting-tabing lamang.  Sabagay si Sotto at si Recto ay may kaugnayan sa showbiz, kaya it tallies.

  • padrefaura

    and the FAMAS for best resignation drama goes to…..VILMA SANTOS’ HUSBAND!!!

    just resign and make it irrevocable para wala nang drama. 

    • kolambogan

      Dalawa na ang nasa listahang magre resign, una Sotto, ngayon pangalawa Recto, kailan kaya ang Jinggoy Estrada, Revilla, Lapid (puwede na), Marcos (dapat lang), Legarda, Escudero. Siguro pag nangyaring mag resign lahat itong mga naturan, that will be the day for Philippine legislation, may pag-asang bumalik ang Golden Era nito (prior to Martial Law Years) dangan nga lang ang mga eto ay mga showbiz personalities naturingan, whose words ay unreliable, most of the words that goes out of them dished by their mouths were scripted and prepared by other people and not by their own frigid minds. Sabagay hindi masamang mangarap, baka naman magsawa rin sila sa pagpapanggap na sila’y may mga K maglingkod ng tunay para sa bayan at hindi para sa mga pansariling kapakanan at pagpapalobo ng sobrang inflated na nilang mga egos.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KBSGH5MTA5T5BUUCORYXI3BVXI perry u

    Money Never Sleep,. who would have thought it your big deal with these tobacco moguls is a dicey?… dont let yourself swing by the tide Ralph Recto, and for your mental boose if you say resign then for savings lives resign then as a senator.

  • echo

    RESIGN agad agad…D ba pwedeng tamang “Privelege Speech” muna ang drama with Enrile and Marcos “pigilan nyo ko” ang ending…d ba bongga.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UQXLAHQCCIEO3WMCTNZSWIE3AI Lagotka

    Good bye Ralph Recto. Leave the LP and create a new party – Enrile – Marcos – Recto!

    Shame on you Ralph! Nabisto ka!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    Why resign as Chairman of the Committee?  Resign as Senator !

  • $14334231

    why listen to your colleagues…they want you to stay because you’re soft on them when it comes to their “projects” (kuno) budgets….resign ka na at ilagay n’yo si trillanes…tapos ang mga ghost projects ni enrile at mga kasanib n’ya….hehehe….

  • upupperclassman

    Senator Recto should resign clean cut and the other senators should let him go. It is not that the executive branch wanted it, it is the people who wanted Recto to go. No more acting please.

  • Descarte

    Let’s say we take personality out of the issue and debate in the issue itself only.  Higher sin taxes will decrease the prevalence of smoking and over drinking but in the process employees and families depending on the industry will be affected.  I haven’t heard about a No Smoking country, if we ban it, Philippines will be the first country in the world, sounds good to me.  But many will say that this is absurd.

  • Panch1t0

    Mr. Recto, in submitting your committee report; your version of sin tax bill, you should have gauged that your version will become unpopular; that critics will rise. And you are expected to prepare for a “battle”. People are expecting senators to debate the issue, find a win-win solution and create a better law. But what you did is a complete turnaround. I don’t think you are just “testing the waters”, your act is stupidity.

    To ate Vi, you have chosen him in exchange for Edu, thinking you got the better man. This proves you are wrong.

    • kolambogan

      Akala ko ba ipinalit ni Ate Vi mo si Romeo Vasquez kay Bobot, na pinalitan naman ni Edu hanggang napunta kay Ralph nga. Palagay ko sa lahat sa kanila si si Bobot lang ang pinaka magaling.

  • padrefaura

    “That role has always been a thankless job.” by Recto
    eh ano kung thankless, laki naman ng kita, diba?

    • kolambogan

      Thankless nga cguro, dahil ba’t siya pasasalamatan kung ang isusulong naman niya ay para sa ikahihina ng ekonomiya at kalusugan ng bansang Pilipino. Bukod pa rito, hindi lang marahil Milyon ang kaniyang purbetso, lalo na kung lumusot ang kaniyang panukalang palusot. At kung totoo ang kaniyang mga sinasabi, eto ang klaro, bakit paulit-ulit  gustong maging Senador ni Ralph Recto? Dahil siya ba ay nag sa sakripisyo, o tao ang gusto niyang isakripisyo? Bakit hindi na lang siya manahimik bilang Mr. Vilma Santos para sa kabutihan ng lahat?

  • KapitanBagwis

    “Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. had objected to the resignation of Recto saying they should not be giving way to the pressure from the executive”~ It’s not the executive, stupid. It’s “WE THE PEOPLE”.

  • WAJ

    Surrendering? Did someone in the senate advise Senator Recto to negotiate what’s fair for the government, the people, and the Tobacco Industry?. There’s always a meeting of mind. “It’s like, hey guys I am open for discussion, let’s talk it over, perhaps you have a better idea than mine. I am willing to support it.”

    The senate is always confrontational before the bill comes to a debate…Even in the congress…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UWISP2YXGDQ7K2SIX2GI37B2EI Darwin

      Korek! This Senator wanted the approval to be handed on a silver platter. What a spoiled brat. All of them, spolied brats.

  • CheapJ

    Mag-artista ka na  lang. Sabagay artista ka na pala. Puro arte yung position mo, at kumita ka pa.

  • JosengSisiw1

    It’s not about the money, money, money,
    We don’t need your money, money, money.
    We just wanna make the world dance,
    Forget about the price tag.
    Ain’t about the (ha!) cha-ching cha-ching.
    Ain’t about the (yeah!) ba-bling ba-bling,
    Wanna make the world dance,
    Forget about the price tag.

  • jamesgeorge

    Napahiya si Recto kaya magre-resign! nabuking yung meeting nya  with the cigarette bigwigs! manang mana sa tatay na korap at tuta ni marcos!! It runs in the blood!

  • miiron

    dickhead senators its the PEOPLE who is pressuring this senator pwe!  better pack up ur bribe and run!. mga walang kwentang senador.  nakakahiya kau! ginawang nyong bigasan ang pwesto nyo!  dapat kaung bitayin tulad ng pandak na dating presidente!  

  • $16638896

    eh siraulo pala tong mga senator nato eh, nung impeachment lang napressure na sila sa executive,. tapos ngayong makakabuti para sa lahat, tumaas naman ang mga pride bigla, puro kyo mga gunggong!

  • mydel

    so our post will now be subject to the approval of Inquirer “Moderator”?
    i hope, the lobby fund will not reach here to “block” unfriendly comments against the giant cigarette companies & wine distilleries.

  • pubringjuandelacruz

    mag-resign na lng sya bilang senador. pra tapos ang kuento. dami pang drama amputa. 



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