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FEB
17
2017

SBN-1316: Exempting the BIR from the Coverage of RA 6758

An Act Exempting the Bureau of Internal Revenue from the Coverage of Republic Ace No. 6758, otherwise known as the Compensation and Position Classification Act of 1989, As Amended, and for Other Purposes. This bill seeks to exempt the BIR from the coverage of Republic Act No.
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FEB
08
2017

Sponsorship Speech: Ease of Doing Business Act

Mr. President, my dear colleagues, magandang hapon po. The bill is pretty straightforward, so instead of reiterating its provisions, may I just describe the social context, the government culture, and the business atmosphere which makes its passage urgent. Red tape is an
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FEB
06
2017

Recto calls for safety nets for displaced mine workers

‘Offer part of DENR’s P7B tree-planting fund to them’ Government should use part of its multi-billion-peso tree-planting budget this year in helping workers displaced by its order to close 23 mines. Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto said that the P6.93 billion fund
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FEB
06
2017

‘Pasig River duty for rogue cops must help not just Digong’s boat but ferry project’

The plan of Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa to assign 387 erring Metro Manila cops to rid Pasig River of water lilies has gotten the backing of Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto. But Recto said the policemen’s Pasig River mission should go beyond
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FEB
05
2017

Despite ‘toknaps’, 1.5 M Korean tourists spent P70B last year—Recto

Tourist arrivals last year hit a record-high 5.967 million on the back of a surge in Korean visitors, close to 1.5 million of whom flocked here for “sun, sea and shopping”, which should “prompt the Philippines to assure its number one source of tourists that its citizens are safe
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FEB
05
2017

‘Bad peace is better than just war’

A bad peace is always better than a just war. The two parties must be pulled back from the brink of reigniting the conflict. This would involve reconsidering incendiary statements issued during the past week, and revoking directives issued. It is never too late to give peace
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FEB
01
2017

On the Confirmation of the Appointment of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

Mr. Chairman, my dear colleagues: If a rice farmer will plant a hectare by his lonesome, it is said that he has to bend forward 200,000 times to punch palay seedlings into the soil. But first, he must plow the land, slogging 40 kilometers, kasing haba ng marathon, in knee-deep
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JAN
27
2017

The Future of Governance: Challenges and Opportunities”

Presentation of Senate Minority Leader Ralph G. Recto SMC’s Agenda 2017: Building Better Futures Makati Diamond Residences, 27 January 2017 Magandang umaga po sa inyong lahat. It is my honor to be with the people who produce 4 percent of the GDP, and with Ramon who accounts
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JAN
24
2017

‘Free Public College Tuition is Not Too Big to Fund’

Sponsorship Speech Free Higher Education For All Act Senate Minority Leader Ralph G. Recto 24 January 2017   Mr. President, dear colleagues, magandang hapon po. The House had passed the proposed amendments to the New Bangko Sentral Act. Buried in its fine print is the
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JAN
23
2017

Claim that SUC students come from moneyed class baseless—Recto

Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto today blasted as “untrue and unfair” the characterization that state colleges are enclaves of the moneyed class. “I think that description has no factual basis,” Recto said. “Enrollees in provincial SUCs (state universities and colleges) come
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