JUL
27
2016

Re. Emergency powers to solve traffic in mega Manila

Emergency powers to solve traffic in mega Manila and urban centers must abide by the following principles Information regarding all programs and projects, especially contracts that will require sovereign guarantees, must be FOI-compliant. Part of the government’s reportorial
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JUN
30
2016

Recto on Duterte’s speech: ‘Presidential, persuasive, purposeful’

Like a great woman’s dress, it was long enough to cover the subject, but short enough to be interesting. It proved that brevity need not be junked to accommodate a host of bold statements. In my opinion, he bookmarked the breadth of the things he initially wanted to do, balancing
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APR
18
2016

As 1 rape is committed every 50 mins, stopping rise in cases must be nat’l priority – Recto

Whoever wins the May presidential polls should make stopping rape and all kinds of violence against women a national priority. Official reports paint a disturbing picture. A woman or a child is raped every 50 minutes. Last year, rape cases reported to the police and other law
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APR
12
2016

Transcript – Blue Ribbon Committee Hearing

QUESTIONS OF SENATOR RECTO ON THE LOW PENALTIES PAID BY BANKS FOR MONEY LAUNDERING SEN. RECTO:   I’m sorry, Mr. Chairman, just to follow up on this. Maybe we should ask the BSP governor, or deputy governor in this case. What is the possible penalty of RCBC?  What are the range of
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MAR
31
2016

On the return of Bangladeshi money and other related issues

On returning the stolen money Kung magsasauli si Kim Wong ng pera, that’s good news. It should be welcomed. Magandang ehemplo yan para sa lahat. On the root of the problem Ang maganda lang na nangyayari sa hearing, ay unti-unti nang lumalabas ang katotohanan. Ang iba boluntaryong
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FEB
19
2016

Statement on the Executive Order on Pay Hike of Government Employees

Executive Order (EO) 201 makes the provisions of the deadlocked bill on SSL IV permanent. It does not merely implement the congressionally-authorized funding for the first tranche but prescribes a new pay classification system, which must be funded in the coming years. This
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JAN
14
2016

Statement on the President’s veto of the SSS Law

I suggest the President take executive action. The SSS law allows him to do so. For the sake of the pensioners, it should not be a choice between meron o wala. There should be a compromise amount which can be effected through executive action. If the President finds the P2,000
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NOV
26
2015

Senate to restore P3B SUC cuts, to add P6B for scholarships

The Senate will likely restore the P3 billion cut in the proposed 2016 budget of 114 state universities and colleges (SUCs) and on top of this, add P6 billion in tuition aid and scholarship grants for their 1.3 million students. Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto had
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NOV
24
2015

Tap P170 B Malampaya fund for saltwater lamp production

Government is awash with idle funds – with the P168.9 billion Malampaya royalties as the biggest – which could bankroll the development and mass production of the Sustainable Alternative Light or SALt lamps, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto said. “If you look at
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