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MAR
08
2017

Recto: MMDA’s ‘odd-even’ plan symptomatic of adhoc approach to traffic

MMDA should study carefully if its new “Windows 2” software to decongest EDSA traffic would work. It better run tabletop simulations and calculations if the new odd-scheme for vehicles could indeed be the relief that we have all been waiting for. It should employ
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MAR
07
2017

Dads may get 30-day share of Expanded Maternity Leave

Due to ‘pasa-load’ provision Even men stand to gain from the bill expanding maternity benefits as it allows a mother to transfer to the father of the child up to 30 days of the 120 days of allowed maternity leave for child-care duties. This, according to Senate
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MAR
06
2017

Explanation of Vote: Expanded Maternity Leave Act

Mr. President, my dear colleagues: A wag once said that if men were to get pregnant, “maternity leave would last for two years with full pay, and morning sickness would rank as the nation’s number one health problem.” Hopefully, the passage of this bill won’t lead to the mass
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MAR
05
2017

Recto: US State report right on “weak prosecutions, slow court procedures”

In this divided nation, there will be disagreements on certain conclusions in the US State Department’s human rights report on the Philippines. There should be no discord, however, on one passage in the report, which is true and incontrovertible: on our nation being plagued by “a
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MAR
04
2017

626 ‘Doctor to the Barrios’ slots unfilled, nalagasan pa—Recto

Only one in three slots in the government’s Doctor to the Barrios (DTTB) program was filled in 2015 and 2016, raising calls in the Senate to make the program’s incentives more attractive to lure more physicians to rural practice. Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto revealed
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MAR
03
2017

Death penalty debate will be full-blown, no-restraints open mic for all- Recto

There will be “full-blown, no-restraints” debates on the death penalty bill in the Upper Chamber, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto assured today. “At whatever level, the discussions will not be abbreviated. It will be open mic for all,” Recto said, adding “it has never
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MAR
03
2017

Bato urged to solve murder of Islokar ng Bayan turned barrio doctor

Bato should make it his personal mission to find the killers of Dr. Dreyfuss Perlas, the barrio doctor who was shot death March 1 in Lanao Norte. As a government scholar himself (MSU and PMA), Bato should find it not hard to empathize with the familiar story of a Iskolar ng Bayan
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FEB
28
2017

Dissent is not destab—Recto

There’s no ‘destab’, no Ides of March, or May, or June, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto stressed today. “I think we should dial back the talks on conspiracy theories because there are none,” Recto said. “Kung sino man ang bumubulong sa tenga ng Presidente na beware of
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FEB
28
2017

Don’t go back knocking on doors, knock out ASG instead – Recto

Instead of resuming its door-to-door tokhang operations to plead drug users to quit, government should “knock out bigger threats like the Abu Sayyaf and other local ISIS groups,” Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said today. But if ever the war on drugs should be scaled
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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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