AUG
16
2017

Nat’l budget to jump P1 trillion in 2 yrs but bugged by “underspending, over-appropriations”

The national budget will jump to P3.767 trillion in 2018, or by P1 trillion, from its 2016 level of 2.682 trillion, and Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto doubts if agencies have the capacity “to spend their allocations, which essentially are taxes collected from the
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AUG
15
2017

DFA’s OFW help fund to jump 140 percent, to P1.2 billion

Still not enough, Recto says, as he bats for single tally of all OFW aid funds The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) fund to assist OFWs in distress will jump two-and-half times to P1 billion in 2018, while a legal fund, also managed by the DFA, will double to P200 million,
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AUG
14
2017

Slow project implementation casts pall on ‘build, build, build’ –Recto

Government’s capacity to “build, build, build” infrastructure will be tested by a review of how fast it is building the roads, classrooms, irrigation, hospitals funded by the current year’s budget, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto said. Recto said the Senate review of the
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AUG
13
2017

Give quick-reaction fund to embassies in war-threatened countries—Recto

Seoul post’s P109 M budget less than 1% of P28 B SoKor OFWs sent in 3 yrs Philippine embassies in conflict-threatened countries should be given a “quick reaction fund” that would allow them to bring Filipinos out of harm’s way once a crisis becomes full-blown, Senate
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AUG
11
2017

Palace must fix Customs mess or gov’t programs suffer

Nation dependent on P1.3 B BOC daily collections; Palace must fix Customs mess or gov’t programs suffer The Bureau of Customs collects revenues which fund public services that we all enjoy. When it fails in its collection, government programs falter. When taxes it is
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AUG
10
2017

Use NBI, intel fund, NAIA big income to smash Maleta Gang

Government should arrest the leaders and smash the syndicate of NAIA personnel who have been stealing from the bags of passengers, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto said today. Recto made the call following the arrest of four baggage handlers for allegedly stealing the
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AUG
08
2017

Comelec shouldn’t be distracted by telenovela in prepping for brgy polls

Presumptuous to piggyback it with BBL plebiscite P.3 trillion IRA of brgy captains during holdover years Comelec budget jumps 500% to P16B next year   The controversy pummelling embattled Commission on Elections chair Andres Bautista should not “derail nor distract” the
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AUG
08
2017

Recto : Walang ‘forever’ sa Free Public College Tuition law

Recto : Students must finish course on time; Walang ‘forever’ sa Free Public College Tuition law The newly-signed Free Public College Tuition Law sets stringent conditions for the enjoyment of free matriculation, such as mandating the student to complete the course during the
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AUG
04
2017

Free public college tuition can be funded in 2018 nat’l budget—Recto

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto today thanked President Duterte, “the country’s teacher-in-chief,” for signing into law the free college tuition bill. “By signing the law, he is in effect lecturing the nation that we should not just build, build, build for the sake of
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