MAR
07
2017

Dads may get 30-day share of Expanded Maternity Leave

Due to ‘pasa-load’ provision Even men stand to gain from the bill expanding maternity benefits as it allows a mother to transfer to the father of the child up to 30 days of the 120 days of allowed maternity leave for child-care duties. This, according to Senate
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MAR
04
2017

626 ‘Doctor to the Barrios’ slots unfilled, nalagasan pa—Recto

Only one in three slots in the government’s Doctor to the Barrios (DTTB) program was filled in 2015 and 2016, raising calls in the Senate to make the program’s incentives more attractive to lure more physicians to rural practice. Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto revealed
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MAR
03
2017

Death penalty debate will be full-blown, no-restraints open mic for all- Recto

There will be “full-blown, no-restraints” debates on the death penalty bill in the Upper Chamber, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto assured today. “At whatever level, the discussions will not be abbreviated. It will be open mic for all,” Recto said, adding “it has never
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FEB
28
2017

Dissent is not destab—Recto

There’s no ‘destab’, no Ides of March, or May, or June, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto stressed today. “I think we should dial back the talks on conspiracy theories because there are none,” Recto said. “Kung sino man ang bumubulong sa tenga ng Presidente na beware of
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FEB
28
2017

Don’t go back knocking on doors, knock out ASG instead – Recto

Instead of resuming its door-to-door tokhang operations to plead drug users to quit, government should “knock out bigger threats like the Abu Sayyaf and other local ISIS groups,” Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said today. But if ever the war on drugs should be scaled
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FEB
06
2017

Recto calls for safety nets for displaced mine workers

‘Offer part of DENR’s P7B tree-planting fund to them’ Government should use part of its multi-billion-peso tree-planting budget this year in helping workers displaced by its order to close 23 mines. Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto said that the P6.93 billion fund
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FEB
06
2017

‘Pasig River duty for rogue cops must help not just Digong’s boat but ferry project’

The plan of Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa to assign 387 erring Metro Manila cops to rid Pasig River of water lilies has gotten the backing of Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto. But Recto said the policemen’s Pasig River mission should go beyond
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FEB
05
2017

Despite ‘toknaps’, 1.5 M Korean tourists spent P70B last year—Recto

Tourist arrivals last year hit a record-high 5.967 million on the back of a surge in Korean visitors, close to 1.5 million of whom flocked here for “sun, sea and shopping”, which should “prompt the Philippines to assure its number one source of tourists that its citizens are safe
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JAN
23
2017

Claim that SUC students come from moneyed class baseless—Recto

Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto today blasted as “untrue and unfair” the characterization that state colleges are enclaves of the moneyed class. “I think that description has no factual basis,” Recto said. “Enrollees in provincial SUCs (state universities and colleges) come
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