Recto sponsors P3,000 ‘PERA’ for gov’t employees

14 March 2017, Comment are Off
Government employees, whether regular or casual, may soon find a raise in their monthly pay slip if the Senate adopts the recommendation of its committee increasing the Personnel Economic Relief Allowance (PERA) from P2,000 to P3,000. Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto has...

Recto: Free public Wi-Fi means faster internet for all Pinoys

13 March 2017, Comment are Off
The free public Wi-Fi bill approved by the Senate today will not only make internet services available to all Filipinos, but will make sure that broadband services are faster and more efficient. “Today marks the era that we, Filipinos, finally commence the march to digital...

Recto to GRP-NDF negotiators: Forge ceasefire before Lent

13 March 2017, Comment are Off
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...

On the Confirmation of the Appointment of Education Secretary Leonor Briones

15 March 2017, Comment are Off
Mr. Chairman, my dear colleagues: My nominee was my teacher at the UP College of Public Administration many moons ago. Whenever we meet, I never fail to call her “my favorite teacher,” to which she replies, and always in a loud voice for everyone to hear, that I was her favorite...

Explanation of Vote on Paris Climate Treaty

14 March 2017, Comment are Off
‘No Other Treaty Is More Important Than The One For Mankind’s Survival’ Explanation of Vote on the Resolution Concurring in the Ratification of the Paris Climate Treaty, by Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto Mr. President, my dear colleagues: First, allow me to thank and...

‘Why It Is Hard and Heartless to Veto a P3,000 PERA for Public Workers’

13 March 2017, Comment are Off
One item in the government employee payslip turns 26 this year. In June 1991, pursuant to that year’s General Appropriations Act, a Personnel Economic Relief Allowance in the amount of P500 a month was granted to all government employees. Two years later, an “Additional...

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

08 March 2017, Comment are Off
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...

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

05 March 2017, Comment are Off
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...

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

03 March 2017, Comment are Off
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...