JAN
12
2012

No need to increase members’ PhilHealth contributions

Sen. Ralph G. Recto today said there’s no need to impose a 160-percent increase in the members’ contributions to Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) considering its enormous cash “reserves” and huge subsidies from government. “PhilHealth could achieve viability and
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NOV
20
2011

‘Loan blockade’ vs. big corporations is best behest loan antidote

Crony-owned or not, private corporations and their wealthy owners should be barred from dipping its hands into the loan portfolio of state banks to avoid a repeat of the alleged P660-million behest loan granted by Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) to former Marcos trade
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OCT
26
2011

P6.4B rehab of LRT, MRT to result in improved services, increased ridership

Sen. Ralph G. Recto today welcomed the rolling out P6.37 billion for the rehabilitation of the elevated railway lines even as he urged government to consider locally sourcing the materials or equipment needed in the planned upgrade. Recto likewise commended government for forking
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OCT
20
2011

NAIA-1 should be refurbished, preserved not sold

Sen. Ralph G. Recto today warned that bringing in private investors to operate or acquire the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal I (NAIA-1) might not be the answer to cure the 30-year airport terminal of its worst features. “If we sell to a private group, we could be
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OCT
19
2011

Pacquaio deserves promotion as reserved army lieutenant colonel

Sen. Ralph G. Recto today said the country should feel safer with boxing sensation and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao in the reserved force holding the rank of lieutenant colonel than entrusting its freedom to the hordes of skeptics. Recto stressed Pacquaio deserves his promotion
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SEP
30
2011

Unspent budget is virtual ‘calamity fund’

Use ‘Pedring’ to correct underspending. Sen. Ralph G. Recto today said government could use the devastations wrought by typhoon Pedring and the ensuing tropical storms as catalyst to correct its under spending. “Not only croplands and properties were toppled by typhoon Pedring
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SEP
20
2011

Switch to alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) to dampen need for transport strikes

Sen. Ralph G. Recto today said one concrete solution to unbridled oil price increases is for government to gear up its promotion of alternative fuel vehicles (AFV) in public transport. “We won’t be having frequent transport strikes if only drivers and operators are earning enough
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SEP
15
2011

Exhaust all sources of revenues to plug price hikes in fees & fares

Sen. Ralph G. Recto today said government should exhaust all possible sources of fresh revenues before turning its back on its promise not to impose new taxes and unleash a barrage of price adjustments in power, fees and fares. “The last thing you want to do is raise taxes. Gawin
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SEP
09
2011

Not one ‘promdi’ subsidizing MRT-LRT riders

Sen. Ralph G. Recto today said people in the provinces need not worry about their taxes going to the fare subsidy of commuters in state-run Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) even as he stressed that it is still Metro Manila that shoulders bulk, if not all, of
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