Thanks to the united action of the proposed law’s authors and the wise leadership of the House of Representatives’ committee on public information chaired by Rep. Jorge Almonte, the technical working group (TWG) was able to harmonize and consolidate the different versions of the proposd freedom of information (FOI) law.
The campus press opposes the passage of the watered-down, Malacañang-backed Freedom of Information (FOI) bill. Instead of facilitating people’s access to public documents and information, the consolidated FOI bill spells more restrictions and, if enacted, will hide more government documents from Filipinos clamoring for transparency in the bureaucracy.
By Ma. Ceres P. Doyo
Are political parties taking a collective stand on the freedom of information (FOI) bill that was killed at the last hour in the 15th Congress?
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.”