AUG
31
2013

From pork to ‘BEEF’ – Basic Education Enhancement Fund

As lawmakers scramble to turn pork into graft-free good projects, a Senate leader today called for a conversion of a large chunk of the Priority Development Assistance Fund into spending that will put more teachers, classrooms, science labs and even meals for malnourished
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AUG
29
2013

“Cleared by COA, not once, but twice.”

I thank the Commission on Audit for clearing my name twice. First, on the COA report itself when it categorically stated that I did not sign any documents. And second, in today’s hearing when the COA auditor-in-charge confirmed that indeed I did not sign any request, endorsement,
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AUG
28
2013

Recto defends Calamity Fund : “Scrapping it will be the real calamity.”

Scrapping the P7.5 billion Calamity Fund in the 2014 national budget, on the false suspicion that it is a presidential pork barrel, will be the real calamity, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto warned today. “In the Richter scale of budgeting disaster, I will rank it at
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AUG
27
2013

Recto wants P96 B worth of 2014 projects itemized

The Senate has set the ball rolling for an itemized national budget with the demand of one leader that large lump sums in next year’s proposed P2.26 trillion outlay be detailed. Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto has identified an “initial 10 items” worth P96 billion in the
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AUG
15
2013

Recto pushes for special insurance for rice, corn farmers

As agricultural damages continue to mount due to the recent onslaught of typhoon Labuyo, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph G. Recto pushed for the passage of a bill establishing a special insurance program for rice and corn farmers heavily hit by calamities. “This piece of
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AUG
14
2013

PNP to get P72 B; vows ‘100% percent 15-minute response time to all crimes’

To reduce crime by five percent next year, the Philippine National Police (PNP) has vowed to respond to crime incidents within 15 minutes and ramp up the number of foot and car patrols by 25 percent. These and other targets are contained in a “promissory note” the PNP has
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AUG
12
2013

Recto wants life imprisonment for big-time smugglers

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph G. Recto has filed a bill seeking to declare big-time smuggling as a capital offense by imposing the penalty of life imprisonment to anyone who will engage in unlawful importation of goods valued more than P1 million. “Smuggling continues to
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AUG
09
2013

Gov’t to hire 131 docs to the barrios, 22,500 nurses; repair 2,871 clinics, spend P10.2 B for drugs, insure 14.7 M families

Describing it as a “prescription for drugs, doctors, and clinics”, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto today likened the P81.7 billion proposed budget of the Department of Health for 2014 as a “needed shot in the arm for the public health system.” “It is definitely a booster
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AUG
08
2013

Gov’t to spend P2.17 billion a day in 2014 for debt service

Government’s interest and principal payments on its debts will reach P791.5 billion next year, or a daily disbursement rate of P2.17 billion, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said. While debt service will climb to an all-time high next year, “the good news is that share
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