JUL
20
2017

Recto: Palace told to declassify ‘redacted’ intel reports used as ML basis

Malacañang has been urged to declassify and make public the intelligence reports it has used as basis in asking Congress to extend the period of Martial Law in Mindanao until the end of the year. In so far as information that will not put our soldiers in harm’s way or jeopardize
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JUL
20
2017

Digong told: Make sure that 10-year passports aren’t twice as expensive

As President Duterte is “days, if not hours away” from signing a law doubling the period of validity of the Philippine passport to 10 years, a senator reminded the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) of the Senate’s “clear intent” that fees of the new passports be retained at
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JUL
19
2017

From bomb, bomb bomb to build, build build Extending aid more important than extending ML -Recto

A prolonged Martial Law in Mindanao should be accompanied with massive reconstruction of “homes, livelihood and public works” destroyed by the fighting in Marawi City, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto said. “Whether we extend Martial Law or not, what is present in either
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JUL
19
2017

Palace should step in to avert “transport crisis” in Uber/Grab issue

Malacañang should treat the grounding of Uber and Grab cars in Metro Manila as a “transport crisis” comparable to a “total MRT breakdown or a paralyzing jeepney strike.” “In a mass transport-starved metropolis of 13 million, these ride-hailing companies provide a cruci
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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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