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More civil society organizations support FOI passage

Press release – Action for Economic Reforms – 22 January 2013 Civil society groups involved in the sin tax, reproductive health and extractive industry transparency have come out openly to support the passage of the freedom of information bill (FOI). Speaking for Action for Economic Reforms, a lead civil society group in the successful campaign […]

Joint statement of academics for FOI

Joint statement of academics for FOI 18 January 2013 We, the undersigned faculty of various universities, in our individual capacity as scholars and citizens, urge our Representatives in Congress to pass the Freedom of Information bill. We consider the bill an important piece of legislation to uphold our fundamental right to publicly-held information. As scholars, […]

Rolling in the Deep: The Right of Reply Monkey Wrench in the FOI Bill

IN an opinion piece published last October, political economy expert and Akbayan Party-List Rep. Walden Bello wondered whether or not there was an ideological connection between Malacañang’s lack of support for the passage of the Freedom of Information bill and its vigorous push for cyberlibel. At the same time, Rep. Bello had wondered, and hoped, […]

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 […]

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 […]