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Ralph Recto

Ralph Gonzalez Recto is a Filipino politician. Recto served as a member of the House of Representatives representing the 4th District of Batangas from 1992 to 2001. He was then elected to the Senate, serving from 2001 to 2007. In July 2008 he was appointed to head the National Economic and Development Authority, but resigned from his position in August 2009 in preparation to run for senator in the 2010 election.

Recto comes from a political family. His grandfather, the late nationalist and statesman Claro M. Recto was a Senator for several terms. His father Atty. Rafael Recto was an Assemblyman during the Regular Batasang Pambansa. His older brother Ricky Recto was the former vice governor of the province of Batangas, while his sister Plinky Recto is an actress and TV host. He is married to Batangas Governor Vilma Santos-Recto, father to Ryan Christian and stepfather to Luis Philippe Manzano. He is an active member of Tau Gamma Phi. He currently resides in Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City and also in Inosluban, Lipa City.


Recto has two Master’s Degrees – one in Public Administration from the University of the Philippines, Diliman and another in Strategic Business Economics from the University of Asia and the Pacific. He also took up a Leadership Scholarship Course at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. He acquired a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at the De La Salle University-Manila.

He holds the distinction of being the youngest elected member of the House of Representatives during the 9th Congress. He also holds an unprecedented record in the congressional election history of Batangas for winning in all precincts, barangays, and municipalities together with Lipa City in the 1995 and 1998 elections. He garnered 98% of the votes cast in those two elections in the 4th District of Batangas.

During his three terms (from 1992 to 2001) as Member of the House of Representatives, most of his legislative measures enacted into law deal with economic reforms and poverty alleviation. Among which are the Social Reform and Poverty Alleviation Act; the Philippine Economic Zone Law; Amendment to the Special Economic Zone Law; the Retail Trade Liberalization Law; Regional Headquarters Law and the Comprehensive Tax Reform Law.

Recto was elected to the Senate in 2001, becoming the youngest Senator of the 12th Congress at the age of 37. In the Senate, he chaired the Committees on Ways and Means and on Trade and Industry. After his failed bid for re-election to the senate in 2007, Recto joined the board of the Union Bank of the Philippines. He is said to be offered the position of Secretary of Finance but it was subsequently denied by Malacañang.

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, on July 23, 2008 named him as the new director-general of National Economic and Development Authority, replacing Augusto Santos, acting NEDA chief. On August 11, 2009, he resigned as NEDA secretary and Presidential Adviser for Economic Planning, in preparation for another run for Senate in the 2010 election.

Other Information

  • Born : January 11, 1964
  • Birth place : Quezon City, Philippines
  • Nationality : Filipino
  • Political party : Liberal Party (2009-present); Lakas-CMD (2001-2003; 2007-2009); Nacionalista Party (2003-2007); Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (1992-2001)
  • Spouse : Vilma Santos
  • Children : Luis Manzano (stepson), Ryan Christian Recto
  • Residence : Quezon City; Inosluban, Lipa City
  • Religion : Roman Catholic


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