OCT
08
2017

Recto bats for P15 B more for Marawi rebuild

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto is proposing that Malacañang be given a standby fund of P15 billion for Marawi reconstruction, on top of the P10 billion that is already in the 2018 national budget bill. Recto said the additional P15 billion for the rehabilitation of the
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OCT
08
2017

Teachers can have higher allowances, take-home pay by Jan. 1 – Recto

Threatened by a P30 billion cut, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto today called for the rechanneling of DepEd’s 2018 budget to “low hanging fruits” which can be used to increase a number of teacher’s allowances. If these “benefit amelioration” items will be added to the
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OCT
07
2017

BOC told to right errors in balikbayan box rules, easy entry of disaster relief

The lawmaker who was the first to point out the tedious requirements in shipping balikbayan boxes today praised the order of Commissioner Isidro Lapena to freeze the Bureau of Customs’ guidelines on tax-free packages sent home by OFWs “as a blow against red tape.” Senate
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OCT
04
2017

Recto to Bato: We find faults, but we also find extra funds

The Senate may find fault in the PNP, but it also finds funding for them. And the Senate helps the police when it does both. Far from ingrates, the Senate has expressed its support to the PNP by not only approving, year in and year out, a higher budget for the PNP, but adds more
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SEP
30
2017

Put budget promises like 15-min PNP response, 40-kph MRT speed in ‘BOSS’

One post-budget enactment document the government can publish is a catalogue of performance guarantees issued by agencies, from how fast travellers should exit out of airport immigration queues to police response time. Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, who made this
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SEP
29
2017

‘Extra judicial funding’ needed to fight crime, boost rule of law— Recto

One way to fight crime and keep communities safe is through “extra judicial funding” which will modernize courts and equip public attorneys and prosecutors with the resources that will reduce case backlogs and move the wheels of justice quickly, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph
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SEP
27
2017

Explanation of vote on Senate Resolution No. 508 (nominating Miriam Santiago for conferment of the Quezon Service Cross)

To borrow Kennedy, Senator Miriam’s mastery of the Constitution was awesome that when the best constitutional experts will be summoned to the Senate in the future, it can only be regarded as the greatest gathering of legal minds in one room, except when Senator Miriam dined alone
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SEP
27
2017

With 25,000 casuals, DSWD is ‘endo capital’ of gov’t – Recto

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto today called for the initial doubling of the number of permanent job items in the Department of Social Welfare and Development— which he called the “contractualization capital” of the bureaucracy—due to its high number of temporary
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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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