OCT
31
2015

Recto calls for early contract signing for ’52 battalions’ of health workers gov’t will hire

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto today called for the early hiring and quick deployment of the “52 battalions” of medical professionals the government would hire next year for rural duty. Under the Department of Health’s (DOH) 2016 budget, some 946 doctors, 15,727 nurses,
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OCT
28
2015

Focus on 1.9 M loose guns, not on ‘bullets’ in OFW luggage – Recto

1. One study estimates at 1.9 million the number of unlicensed firearms in the country. These are the lethal weapons – especially those in the hands of criminals – the authorities should look for, not rusting bullets inside the luggage of OFWs and tourists, the
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OCT
24
2015

Tuition deferment sought for college students financially ruined by typhoons

“Tuition deferment” for state college students financially ruined by typhoons is a “missing puzzle” in the government’s assorted tuition aid and scholarship packages, according to Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto. “What’s lacking in the menu is the important lifeline
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OCT
07
2015

Joker Arroyo, patriot first class

Joker earned sobriquets in his storied life. The Great Dissenter. The Maverick. The Defender. He was even called The Scrooge for his economical use of office funds. But there was one area he didn’t scrimp on. And that was offering his sharp legal mind, for free, to those who need
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AUG
21
2015

No CCTV, no balikbayan box inspection – Recto

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has a budget of P3.2 billion this year. Last year, it collected P1.01 billion every day. This year it has revenue goal of P436.6 billion or P1.2 billion per day. With this amount of money, it can certainly pay for a CCTV system, or what we can call
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AUG
18
2015

On the return of the youngest member of the Senate

I am looking forward to working with the youngest member of the Senate. With our agenda full, hard labor awaits him here.  With his experience, he can certainly enrich the discussions on the budget and the BBL. It is also worth noting that his liberty came on the 70th anniversary
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AUG
09
2015

Set award date or get Medal of Vacillation – Recto

To stop all speculations, the PNP should state what will be awarded, who will be awarded, and when will it be awarded – and make sure that when the date is set, it will push through “time on target.” They must make the announcement soon before someone nominates them for a Medal
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AUG
04
2015

On higher LRT fares, longer campaign period, and Mar’s resignation

On the proposed LRT fare increase: It should go through public hearings or at the very least the people must be told the need, the justification and the legal basis. Most important, fare hike proponents must explain what improvements will a fare increase bring. What are the
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APR
15
2015

On the murder of Mei Magsino

I strongly condemn the murder of Mei Magsino who gave Batangueños an image of what a crusading and courageous journalist should be. As a member of the press, Mei practiced her craft with guts and grit, her prose and insight as sharp as balisong, which she used to peel the
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