JAN
17
2017

Recto backs Bato in running after ‘toknap’ cops

Philippine National Police chief Ronald de la Rosa should crack down hard on rogue policemen who use the PNP’s anti-drug campaign as a smokescreen to extort money and commit crimes against civilians. The call was made by Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto who urged the PNP
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JAN
17
2017

Duterte told: Certify bills extending passport validity to 10 years

Passing a law extending the validity period of a Philippine passport from 5 to 10 years is “one low-hanging fruit” Congress can pick, a move that will immediately benefit millions of Filipino travelers and migrant workers, Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto said today. And if
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DEC
20
2016

“No PhilHealth ID, No Benefits” policy scrapped – Recto

The Senate has included a provision in the 2017 national budget cancelling the need for patients seeking treatment in hospitals to present a PhilHealth card as a condition to avail of benefits from the state health insurer. Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto said the scrapping of
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DEC
20
2016

Recto: Digong’s foreign policy motto should be “Friend to all, subservient to no one”

The Philippines would be better off pivoting to an independent foreign policy position than siding with any of the big powers. “Our motto should be : ‘Friend to all, but subservient to none.’ In other words, amity to all, hostility to no one,” Recto said. Recto said foreign
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DEC
18
2016

Senate hikes by P1 B DSWD budget for free daycare meals

The Senate had added P1 billion to the children’s feeding budget of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, raising the amount to P4.427 billion, to enable the agency to serve one hot meal daily to 1.74 million 2 to 4 year olds for 120 days next year. Although he was
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DEC
18
2016

Recto: CHED row won’t affect easy-to-implement 8B tuition fund

The senator who sponsored the free public college tuition clause in the 2017 national budget today assuaged fears of “unenlightened bureaucrats” that it will may be hard to spend the P8 billion allocation to cover basic matriculation of close to 1 million students of state
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DEC
07
2016

On the Confirmation of the Appointment of NEDA Director General Ernesto M. Pernia

Mr. President, my dear colleagues: It has been said that if the ship of state were an ancient balangay, then it is the president who steers; the Cabinet men, row; but it is the head of NEDA who charts the course. Or if you want an analogy millennials can understand, he is the
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DEC
02
2016

Recto: Signing of IRR on PWD law “strongest indicator that Palace has abandoned tax plan to revoke PWD privileges”

Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto has hailed today’s signing of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 10754 “as a good gift to this sector this season.” Recto is the Senate principal author of the measure which grants tax breaks to persons with
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DEC
02
2016

Problem hiring? Tap millennials to fill 6,000 COA vacancies—Recto

The Commission on Audit (COA), the taxpayer’s whistleblower, should be promoted as a “premier destination” for “talented and idealistic millennials” who would like “to do good by going into government service.“ Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto suggested this “recruitment tack”
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