MAY
30
2017

Recto urges release of billions in Calamity Fund for Marawi City rehabilitation, aid to civilians

Malacañang has been urged to rush a “humanitarian army” to Marawi City and to nearby places where the “spillover of a massive wave of evacuees” are straining local resources to grant them comfort and aid, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said today. Recto said there are
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MAY
30
2017

Congress approved bill making public WiFi not only free but fast

The free public WiFi bill which has been approved by Congress will not only make internet services available to all Filipinos, but will make sure that broadband services are faster and more efficient, its main proponent, Sen. Ralph Recto, said today. The bill is now headed to
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MAY
30
2017

Recto to Palace: Include cost of free public college in 2018 nat’l budget

After both houses of Congress ratified the reconciled version of the bill making tuition in public colleges free, Malacañang should include the cost of the program in the 2018 national budget. The call was made by Sen. Ralph Recto, author of the bill, who said that without funds
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MAY
16
2017

Tap local industries in modernizing the military before touching that $500-million loan

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto today cautioned the Duterte administration against the reported plan to take on the $500-million loan being offered by the Chinese government to modernize the Philippine military. “We must stop relying on foreign suppliers to modernize the
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MAR
14
2017

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

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
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MAR
13
2017

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

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
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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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