DON’T KILL FREEDOM OF INFORMATION:
WE BEG OUR SENATORS TO ACT ON S.B. 3308 NOW!
Last 9 November, we welcomed with deep appreciation the Senate’s commitment to pass the Freedom of Information Act without delay. We gave our full confidence to their assurance, made through Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, that Senate Bill 3308 will be passed on second reading by November 18, and on third reading by 1 December. This timetable only gives enough time to convene the bicameral conference committee and report back for final approval of the bill before Congress breaks for the elections on 5 February 2010.
We quote Senator Zubiri’s manifestation in plenary session:
“I assure them, we assure them, that before the break on November 19 that hopefully we will be able to approve this on second reading, and when we get back on December 1, we approve this on third and final reading. We assure them.”
But the promise was not met; the Senate adjourned with the bill still failing to hurdle the periods of interpellation and amendments.
We, representatives of over 100 organizations and coalitions from various sectors comprising the Right to Know. Right Now! Campaign, beg all our Senators to send Senate Bill 3308 to bicameral conference before it again adjourns on 18 December 2009. Since the Senate resumed session last December 1, two session days have passed without any action on the bill. From December 7, we count a mere 6 session days within which to pass S.B. 3308 on second and third reading, and for both Houses to name their delegates to the bicameral conference committee.