By Mahar Mangahas
I look forward to a Freedom of Information Act that will, in particular, increase public access to the raw data gathered in the government’s censuses and surveys, which underlie its published summary statistics, and, indeed, could be used to produce many other statistics of value that the government does not publish.
It all makes sense now why the Aquino administration doesn’t support the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill. Especially with President Aquino’s and Senate President Franklin Drilon’s link to Janet Lim-Napoles coming to light for all the world to see, and following revelations about Mr. Aquino’s improper release of millions if not billions of pesos to provide financial support to Team PNoy in the May 13 elections. Now I understand everything: The Aquino administration refuses to support the passage of an FOI law because it wants to hide its own misuse of “pork funds.”
By Conrado de Quiros
So when are we going to have a Freedom of Information Act?
We may not have been successful in pushing for Rep. Emmeline Aglipay as chair of the House Committee on Public Information, but we do not count this as a defeat. This changes nothing. Our resolve in our campaign remains steadfast and firm.
If President Aquino will accept his pork barrel and include pork barrel allocations in the national budget, there is no reason he shouldn’t support the passage of the Freedom of Information bill.