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SEP
26
2017

Congested jails to run out of food money by October, Recto warns

About 150,000 inmates in 446 Bureau of Jail Management and Penology-run jails in the country may face “a forced last quarter diet” as their food budget is expected to run out by mid-October due to the surge in the number of detainees locked up for drug offenses. Recto said BJMP’s
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SEP
25
2017

P1,000 hike in gov’t workers’ ‘OOTD’ allowance assured

The annual clothing allowance of 1.12 million civilian national government employees will increase to P6,000 next year, from the current P5,000, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said today. The P1,000 hike for the purchase of what Recto describes as the “civil servant’s
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SEP
23
2017

Recto: Rental budget of gov’t offices shoots up to P17.4 B

Like a family scouting for its first home, government should explore “rent-to-own” options for offices it rents to the tune of billions of pesos a year, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said. “There should be a plan in which chosen government offices can graduate from
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SEP
22
2017

Salalima resignation should not lead to “low-batt, offline” implementation of ICT projects, reforms

The resignation of DICT Secretary Rodolfo Salalima should not lead to the “low-batt, offline” implementation of projects and reforms in the ICT (information and communications technology) sector, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said today. “After power and water,
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SEP
20
2017

Recto: DepEd needs new procurement ‘lesson plan’ to avoid failing grade

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said he feels sorry for his former teacher, Education Secretary Leonor Briones, as the “latter had inherited a culture of underspending and a broken system of procurement which delays the delivery of equipment and books.” “The present
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SEP
19
2017

At least 3,827 Pinoys in jail in 52 countries

At least 3,827 Filipinos were languishing in jails in 52 countries and territories as of the end of last year, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said, citing a 1,084-page Department of Foreign Affairs report to the Senate. But the figure could go up to 4,452 if 625
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SEP
18
2017

No need for CHR funds to buy bodycams—Recto

There are enough sources in the 2017 national budget which could fund the immediate purchase of police body cameras, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said. “If the need is urgent, why wait for the enactment of the 2018 budget? There is also no need to rechannel the
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SEP
15
2017

Statement of Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto on Speaker Alvarez’s comments

Relax lang. Government says EJK is not state-sponsored–then it should not be afraid of providing more resources to CHR, the duly constituted office whose mandate is to protect human rights. It cannot be denied that there are too many killings including children. I believe
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SEP
11
2017

Use tokhang budget to address PNP lack of 24,647 vehicles, 91,804 guns

Senate President Pro -Tempore Ralph Recto said the P900 million proposed 2018 “tokhang” budget of the Philippine National Police should remain with the agency but “rechanneled for the purchase of needed equipment.” Recto said that the PNP itself has admitted that it lacks 12,399
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SEP
09
2017

Gov’t drug treatment centers poised to get P2 B cut

The proposed Department of Health budget for next year’s operations of government-run drug abuse treatment and rehabilitation centers will get a massive P2.31 billion cut under the 2018 national budget bill. The DOH has a proposed gross 2018 budget of P164.8 billion, 9 percent up
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