The Civil Service Commission denied a request by Valentin Legaspi for information on the civil service eligibilities of certain persons employed as sanitarians in the Health Department of Cebu City. These government employees allegedly represented themselves as civil service eligibles.
Due process was invoked by the petitioners in demanding the disclosure or a number of presidential decrees which they claimed had not been published as required by law. The government argued that while publication was necessary as a rule, it was not so when it was "otherwise provided," as when the decrees themselves declared that […]
In a verified letter-complaint, the Municipal Secretary of Taal, Batangas, charged Municipal Judge Rodolfo B. Dimaano with abuse of authority in refusing to allow employees of the Municipal Mayor to examine the criminal docket records of the Municipal Court to secure data in connection with their contemplated report on the peace and order conditions of […]
This case, decided before the right to information was included in the Bill of Rights of the Philippine Constitution, involved a request by the editor of the Manila Post, a morning daily, for the Register of Deeds of Manila to furnish him a list of real estates sold to aliens and registered with said Register […]
A group of non-government organizations recently got together to initiate a campaign for the passage of a law on the peoples' right to access official information on matters of public concern. Calling themselves the Access To Information Network, the network is composed of NGOs working on different issues, with different constituencies, and at different locations. […]
This paper outlines the state of the law on access to official information in the Philippines, and gives an overview of the role that non-government organizations play in promoting the right to official information.