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MAR
13
2017

‘If Internet Access is a Human Right, WiFi is a Basic Public Service’

It is my pleasure to finally vote on a bill which I first filed in May 2014. Although the Free National Wi-Fi Project is now in full swing by virtue of another legislative route—through three General Appropriations Acts, including this year’s—still the best way to guarantee its
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MAR
13
2017

Recto to GRP-NDF negotiators: Forge ceasefire before Lent

After Communist and government negotiators agreed over the weekend to resume peace talks next month, a senator is prodding the two sides to make good on their promise to observe a truce before the Holy Week in April. “Whether unilaterally declared or mutually agreed, the people
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MAR
13
2017

To secure funding, answer security questions, broadband project must be in ‘18 budget

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto is backing the government’s plan to build a national broadband network by 2020, saying such “critical infrastructure is needed for the country to win the future.” To jumpstart its rollout, Recto is urging main proponent Department of
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MAR
12
2017

Recto bats for Benham Rise protection strategy

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto today called on the executive department to immediately craft a comprehensive strategy aimed at protecting Benham Rise, a 13-million-hectare underwater plateau off the coast of Aurora, from foreign incursion. “No ifs or buts. The
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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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