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20
2017

Recto: DepEd needs new procurement ‘lesson plan’ to avoid failing grade

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said he feels sorry for his former teacher, Education Secretary Leonor Briones, as the “latter had inherited a culture of underspending and a broken system of procurement which delays the delivery of equipment and books.” “The present
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SEP
19
2017

At least 3,827 Pinoys in jail in 52 countries

At least 3,827 Filipinos were languishing in jails in 52 countries and territories as of the end of last year, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said, citing a 1,084-page Department of Foreign Affairs report to the Senate. But the figure could go up to 4,452 if 625
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SEP
18
2017

No need for CHR funds to buy bodycams—Recto

There are enough sources in the 2017 national budget which could fund the immediate purchase of police body cameras, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said. “If the need is urgent, why wait for the enactment of the 2018 budget? There is also no need to rechannel the
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SEP
11
2017

Use tokhang budget to address PNP lack of 24,647 vehicles, 91,804 guns

Senate President Pro -Tempore Ralph Recto said the P900 million proposed 2018 “tokhang” budget of the Philippine National Police should remain with the agency but “rechanneled for the purchase of needed equipment.” Recto said that the PNP itself has admitted that it lacks 12,399
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SEP
09
2017

Gov’t drug treatment centers poised to get P2 B cut

The proposed Department of Health budget for next year’s operations of government-run drug abuse treatment and rehabilitation centers will get a massive P2.31 billion cut under the 2018 national budget bill. The DOH has a proposed gross 2018 budget of P164.8 billion, 9 percent up
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SEP
06
2017

100K arrested for drugs boost BJMP jail pop to 150K

Inmate population in 466 Bureau of Jail Management and Penology-run jails in the country soared to 142,282 by end of last June, doubling since 2013, or in just 42 months. This rapid rise, according to Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto, is putting a strain on state
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SEP
04
2017

No need for supplemental budget, include Bangon Marawi fund in nat’l budget

Marawi has given Mindanao “knowledge and power” worth hundreds of billions of pesos that any amount government will spend to rehabilitate the war-ravaged city by the lake will only be a fraction of what it has given to Mindanao for more than half a century. Senate President
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SEP
03
2017

Congress to allot P3 B to bring 7,000 schools’ out of the dark age’

The proposed budget to bring electricity to public schools will jump nine-fold to almost P3 billion next year, a crucial step in bringing an estimated 7,413 schools “out of the dark ages,” Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto said today. One in six government elementary and
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SEP
03
2017

Higher financial aid eyed for ‘2 battalions’ of Marawi wounded

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto today called for additional budget for the care and financial reward for the “more than one thousand soldiers wounded” in the battle to liberate Marawi City from terrorists. “If the injuries sustained by the wounded are so severe that they
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