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Senate OKs P250K annual income tax exemption

Nov 22, 2017 - 2:42 PM

The Senate follows the version of the Department of Finance and House of Representatives

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

P1.76B earmarked for free Wi-Fi in proposed 2017 budget

Sep 04, 2016 - 6:45 PM

With the proposed funding the project which aims to provide free broadband internet access to 1 462 towns and 44 key cities nationwide is sustained says Senator Ralph Recto

Senate bill seeks to ban expiration of prepaid, e-load

Aug 20, 2016 - 12:48 PM

The measure seeks to protect consumers against deceptive unfair and unconscionable sales act and practices by telcos

NO EXPIRATION. A Senate bill seeks to prohibit expiration dates on prepaid load both for mobile and landlines.

Recto: Tap Malampaya fund for SALt lamps

Nov 24, 2015 - 4:21 PM

The senator also says the government should seek joint ventures with Sustainable Alternative Lighting s Aisa Mijeno

FUNDING. Senator Ralph Recto says Sustainable Alternative Lighting project would qualify for Malampaya funding under Presidential Decree No. 910, which states that government share from the exploitation of energy resources can be used to finance energy programs. Malampaya image from its project website; SAlt lamp image from its website

No record of balikbayan boxes being used for smuggling – Marcos

Sep 03, 2015 - 8:27 PM

The senator also asks Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina to apologize to OFWs over the bureau s significant lapses on the issue of balikbayan boxes

BALIKBAYAN BOX HEARING. Sen. Sonny Angara, chairman of the committee on ways and means (3rd from left), together with Sen. Grace Poe (left); Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto (2nd from left); Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano (4th from left); and Sen. Cynthia Villar (right) on Thursday, September 3, 2015, ask officials of the Bureau of Customs during a public inquiry about its new policy of opening balikbayan boxes on the suspicion these are used to smuggle drugs and firearms. Photo by Albert Calvelo/PRIB

Customs' Bert Lina: Be honest, declare what's in your #BalikbayanBox

Aug 24, 2015 - 4:30 PM

Bert Lina also says there s a need to redefine balikbayan box

No tax increase on balikbayan boxes – Customs

Aug 23, 2015 - 3:16 PM

The strict compliance reminder of the Bureau of Customs is to ward off smugglers but Senator Ralph Recto urges other move than nitpicking on balikbayan boxes

NO INCREASE. There is no tax increase on balikbayan boxes but strict compliance is needed.

DepEd admits delay in buying science, math kits worth P2.56B

Jul 16, 2015 - 3:45 PM

To date the department is still bidding out contracts for over 82 000 science and math equipment using allocations from its 2014 and 2015 budgets

Recto: We need food safety response teams

Jul 13, 2015 - 6:15 PM

The team will be composed of scientists and doctors who can be rapidly deployed to places hit by food poisoning outbreaks the senator says

Recto: Extend validity of car registration, driver’s license

Jun 27, 2015 - 8:52 PM

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto says this would be the best anti red tape app

NO LINES, NO RED TAPE. Recto says longer validity dates might reduce the number of people going on a "pilgrimage" to the LTO annually. File photo from LTO

Include dental health in 2016 budget – Recto

Jun 20, 2015 - 4:52 PM

One in 7 Filipinos miss work or school due to aching teeth or gums

HEALTHY SMILES FOR PINOYS. With the current dental problems faced by Filipinos, Senator Ralph Recto wants to appropriate funds for oral health care in 2016. Graphics by Alejandro Edoria

Give to sick to solve gov’t underspending – Recto

Jun 13, 2015 - 5:49 PM

Senator Ralph Recto says more money should be allotted for waiting deserving visible patients who can spend the unused budget fast

FOR THE SICK. Senator Ralph Recto said that   a portion of the unused national budget should be allocated for the public health. File photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/PRIB

Bidding out of car license plates contract illegal – Recto

Jun 12, 2015 - 2:50 PM

The budget that Congress gave for the license plate project was only P180 million How was the DOTC and the LTO able to bid out a P3 8 billion contract?

NEW PLATES. The LTO has come under fire for the lack of license plates and a policy that penalizes motorists with unregistered vehicles. Photo from DOTC Twitter

Use P7.7B SK fund to fight hunger – Recto

Mar 27, 2015 - 5:53 PM

The P7 7 billion allotted to the Sangguniang Kabataan can be used for programs addressing hunger and malnutrition across the country

SATING HUNGER. Children wait their turn at a feeding program for informal settlers in Quezon City. File photo by Rolex dela Pena/ EPA

PH terrorism, Maguindanao massacre, Pope Francis trip | The wRap

Nov 21, 2014 - 7:44 PM

The Philippines is number 9 in terrorist activity worldwide 5 years after the Maguindanao massacre – where’s justice for the victims? Pope Francis tells Philippine church and government officials: don’t spend too much on my visit

Recto wants post-budget document that tracks implementation

Nov 18, 2014 - 8:52 PM

Senate Pro Tempore Ralph Recto says agencies should be required to report the execution of previously funded projects using the same line item format of the General Appropriations Act

BUDGET DOCUMENTS. Consisting of nine documents, budget documents measure almost one-foot thick and weigh around 11 kilos. Photo by Angela Casauay/

#AnimateED: Seniors and silver linings

Nov 17, 2014 - 7:30 AM

When the executive and legislative branches are in sync to provide social protection we all gain from it

Christmas card to consumers: Raise tax exemption on 13th month pay

Oct 22, 2014 - 6:28 PM

Full text of Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto s co sponsorship speech on the bill seeking to raise to P75 000 the amount of 13th month pay that is exempted from taxes

PASS THE LAW. Senator Ralph Recto delivers on October 22 his co-sponsorship speech on the bill raising to P75,000 the tax exemption on 13th month pay of workers. Photo of Recto's office

Mind the other train: Bigger funding for PNR proposed

Sep 04, 2014 - 4:27 PM

The trains that run the Tutuban Santa Rosa and Camarines Sur routes are getting 12 times less than what the MRT will receive in the proposed 2015 budget

DAP ruling, court orders causing underspending?

Aug 19, 2014 - 4:14 PM

Senate President Frank Drilon and economic managers say the Supreme Court s decision on DAP and restraining orders on government projects affect growth

ADDRESSING UNDERSPENDING. Budget Secretary Florencio Abad tells senators the administration is working to boost spending even without DAP. Photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB

Comelec's proposed 2015 budget jumps to P16.8B

Aug 13, 2014 - 12:23 PM

From the amount P3 76 billion will be used to buy more PCOS machines for the 2016 polls to augment the units currently in Comelec s inventory

Recto: Create El Niño plans for 44 provinces, 2 cities

Jun 09, 2014 - 6:07 PM

The senator wants agriculture and energy officials to answer: Will there be enough irrigation water for our farms? What’s the fallback if hydroelectric dams run out of water which will power turbines?

EXPECT DROUGHTS. The UN Weather agency also says droughts will likely happen in 2014 because of an El Niño phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean. File photo by AFP

PH buying 2 more C130 cargo planes

Nov 25, 2013 - 3:53 PM

This will bring the total number of military cargo planes to 5 although the ideal number is 9

CARGO PLANES: Military's C130 cargo planes evacuate typhoon survivors from the Visayas. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Recto to DBM: Where’s P130-B Malampaya fund?

Oct 07, 2013 - 10:53 PM

The Senate Pro Tempore doesn t buy the budget department s claim that there s no cash left of the royalties He s calling for an accounting of the fund for the fourth straight year

5 false economic claims on sin tax, according to Winnie Monsod

Sep 19, 2012 - 6:32 AM

Monsod hits Senator Ralph Recto for his bogeyman tactics against the Sin Tax proposal