AUG
03
2017

Palace wants P1.7 B for new free WiFi spots, Senate to check if it meets rollout plan

The newly-signed Free Internet Access in Public Places Act has a proposed budget of P1.74 billion next year, for the rollout of 5,308 new WiFi hotspots, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto said. On top of said funding is a proposed P1.2 billion to lay the groundwork for a
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AUG
02
2017

Recto to Palace: Don’t just veto tuition bill, send your version

How can they convince the youth that 3-in-1 coffee tax is good for their future, but free college tuition is not? Should President Duterte follow his advisers’ recommendation to veto the free college tuition bill, “such a setback would be like losing the first round of a boxing
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JUL
28
2017

Luzon’s ‘zero dark’ prospect in 2024 prompts need to resume WPH oil hunt

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto today backed moves by the country’s top diplomat to find “a constitutionally-compliant win-win arrangement” that will allow Manila and Beijing to jointly explore for oil in the West Philippine Sea. With the Malampaya field off Palawan
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JUL
27
2017

Recto: Cut red tape in the sending of disaster text alerts

If flood and storm text alerts have been few and infrequent, blame it on the circuitous way that proposed messages are “processed and approved before they are sent out,” Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto said today. “It is not the fault of telcos,” Recto said, “but the
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JUL
27
2017

Amid reports of underspending, senators to grill agencies on fund utilization

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said senators would cross party lines in asking agencies during the 2018 national budget hearings if they are on track in spending their current year allocations to find out if underspending still plagues budget utilization as it had in
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JUL
26
2017

Recto: PH to take half-century to wipe out irrigation backlog

At the rate government is spending for irrigation, it will take almost a half a century to bring water to all of the country’s 1.3 million hectares of “irrigable land,” Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto said today. Recto made this point following the Senate’s approval of a
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JUL
26
2017

Recto to BOC: Revisit your rule requiring OFWs to include receipts of new goods in balikbayan box

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto has urged the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to start amending its rules in the shipment of balikbayan boxes, beginning “with some commonsensical changes” to regulations which had elicited complaints from overseas Filipino workers. “For example,
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JUL
24
2017

Recto sees red tape in new Balikbayan Box rules; calls Congress oversight panel to review new rules

As complaints mount against unreasonable documentary requirements in the sending of balikbayan boxes, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto has called for the immediate “activation and convening” of a joint Senate-House oversight committee that will review the law’s
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JUL
21
2017

Report to the Nation (June 30, 2016 – July 1, 2017)

Report to the Nation (June 30, 2016 – July 1, 2017) by Ralph Recto on Scribd
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