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Kill bill, Take 2? FOI death by inaction looms in Congress

PRESS STATEMENT THE RIGHT TO KNOW, RIGHT NOW! COALITION 5 September 2012 THE CONSPIRACY to kill the FOI bill in the 14th Congress is unfolding yet again, this time in the 15th Congress. House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II on Monday started sounding the death knell for the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill, saying in […]

Advocates to House: Walk the talk, too! Senate casts unanimous endorsement of FOI, transparency as norm

WITHIN DAYS after casting a guilty verdict on former Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato C. Corona, 22 of the 23 senators affirmed support for the passage of the Freedom of Information Act and endorsed the committee report of Sen. Gregorio B. Honasan II, chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Information.

Twenty-two senators signed on to Honasan’s report that consolidates several FOI bills at the Senate, firm evidence of the Senate’s commitment to instituionalize transparency and access to information as the norm, practice, and obligation of all public officials and employees. Honasan formally sponsored the FOI bill at the Senate plenary session today, June 4, 2012.

The Senate’s decision to give the FOI Act a fighting chance is in stark contrast, however, to the extended inaction on the FOI bills at the committee level at the House of Representatives.

Optimistic, but Guarded on FOI

On March 12, as the House of Representative’s Committee on Public Information resumes hearings on the Freedom of Information bill, the Action for Economic Reforms joined our colleagues in the Right to Know, Right Now! Coalition in expressing optimism for a significant advance of the FOI bill in Congress. Still, we also called for vigilance against any […]

On the statement of the Right to Know, Right Now! Coalition

Press Statement from Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Undersecretary Manuel L. Quezon III.   The Right to Know, Right Now coalition, a network of 150 Civil Society groups pushing for the passage of an FOI law, issued a statement today. The coalition said it welcomed the submission, by this administration, of its proposed substitute […]

Coalition Welcomes People’s Gains in FOI

The Right to Know. Right Now! Coalition welcomes the recent public endorsement by President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III of the passage of the Freedom of Information (FOI) law and the release of the executive’s final proposed bill.

The President’s endorsement achieves two things: it removes the main reason why the bill has been stalled in the legislative wringer, particularly at the House of Representatives, and 2. it resolves the “concerns” about the bill that the President has expressed, thereby reducing the danger of a Presidential veto.