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ARANGKADA FOI! UPDATE # 1

In a few days, Congress will resume its session. Under the original legislative calendar, this is scheduled on May 31. However, the Senate and the House of Representatives have decided to advance the resumption to May 24 to facilitate an earlier canvass of the votes for the President and Vice President.

The Right to Know. Right Now! Campaign is prepared to make a determined push for the passage of the Freedom of Information Act. The bill, after having hurdled reconciliation by the bicameral conference committee, only needs ratification by the Lower House (the Senate has already fulfilled its ratification last February 1) before it is enrolled and transmitted to the President for her signing into law.

We call on you to join us in the activities that we have lined up for the coming weeks. Your support will add inspiration and muscle to the campaign, and improve the chance of the FOI bill finally becoming law after more than two decades since the ratification of the 1987 Constitution.

The Great Financial Crisis and Challenges for Asia

Book launch of “Nowhere to Hide: The Great Financial Crisis and Challenges for Asia” and lecture by Dr. Michael Lim Mah Hui, the principal author.

The lecture and book launch is on June 1, 2010, Tuesday, from 2 to 4 pm. It will be at the Social Sciences Conference Rooms 1 and 2.

This is an event co-organized by Action for Economic Reforms, Social Watch Philippines, Ateneo Department of Economics, Ateneo Confucius Institute and the Ateneo Center for Asian Studies.

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RSVP 426-5626. Look for William Alamin. You can also email us at aer@aer.ph.

What are the risks of failure of the automated elections?

Halalang Marangal (HALAL) invites political parties, election monitors, NGOs, the media and the public to a public forum on the May 10 elections, to be held on Wednesday, March 17, 9am – 12nn, at Conference Hall of PRRM, 56 Mo. Ignacia Ave., QC.

HALAL will explain why the risk of failure of the automated elections is “unacceptably high”, and will discuss possible scenarios emerging from its analysis.

Bishop calls for FOI Bill ratification. FOI advocates sends letter to Nograles.

Freedom of information advocates found another champion in known social
reformer Bishop Broderick Pabillo as the campaign for the ratification
of the FOI Bill by the Lower House on May 31 intensifies.

The Auxiliary Bishop of Manila celebrated a Mass calling for the Catholic faithful to pray for the ratification and signing into law of the FOI Bill. The Mass was held in the Sto. Niño de Tondo Parish amid celebrations of Valentine’s Day and the Chinese New Year.

Download the full press release.

Freedom of Information bill gets bicam nod

The Freedom of Information bill has been approved by the bicameral conference committee last week. The bicam report will have to be ratified by both Houses of Congress to have an enrolled bill that will be presented to the President for her signature.

The Right to
Know. Right Now! Campaign encourages all advocates to continue pressing
our legislators to pass this watershed legislation.

Download a copy of the bicameral confrence report . More information about the bill can be found in the Right to Know. Right Now! section of the AER website.

Senate passes SB 3308 on final reading. Next hurdle: Bicam

The Right to Know. Right Now! Campaign, a network of over 100 organizations and coalitions comprising public-interest groups, environmental protection advocates, independent media groups, print and broadcast journalists, farmers organizations and support groups, women’s organizations, private and public sector labor unions, migrant workers, businessmen, academic institutions, and student and youth organizations, trooped to the Senate last 14 December 17, 2009 to thank the Senate for passing the Freedom of Information bill (Senate Bill 3308) on second reading, and to sustain the momentum for its passage on third reading.