House leaders pressed on FOI bill

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Party-list member Teodoro Casiño (Bayan Muna) said House leaders should make up their minds if they want the bill or not and prepare for the hearing, like getting the permission from the rules committee for an extension. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Advocates of the freedom of information (FOI) bill are calling on the House leadership to ensure that the measure is voted on in the next hearing by allowing the procedures to extend beyond the 4 p.m. deadline, if necessary.

This was after last Tuesday’s hearing of the public information committee was derailed by technical issues. Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone, the committee chairman, cut short the proceedings for lack of time as the House plenary session was about to begin.

Under House rules, committee hearings cannot go beyond 4 p.m. so lawmakers can attend plenary sessions, unless allowed by House leaders.

Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat said advocates of the measure must see to it that enough lawmakers attend the next committee hearing so that they can oppose any dilatory tactics and ensure that the bill is finally voted on.

“We got blindsided in the last hearing. It’s inexcusable if it happens again in the next hearing… We must force the vote next time,” Baguilat said.

Party-list member Teodoro Casiño (Bayan Muna) said House leaders should make up their minds if they want the bill or not and prepare for the hearing, like getting the permission from the rules committee for an extension.

Another Bayan Muna member, Neri Colmenares, warned that if the next hearing turns out to be a farce, those in support of the bill may have to resort to drastic action.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VUFRGRCCA5JXOLKEVCJQ3FBW3Y Concerned Citizen

    Let’s see how this ends.

    • ODAPAIN

      problems is some lawmakers are ending it before it even begins a start

  • moshki

    …One man’s transparency is another man’s humiliation…
    -Gerry Adams-

  • ODAPAIN

    if this bill stalls in congress then its safe to assume that there are more people in congress who are corrupt  plain and simple,make a roll call on law makers who dont attend and it will give us an idea oooof corrupt officials who are against transparency 

    • disqusted0fu

       lets be honest, all it takes to pass this bill is one go signal by the president. but he seems to be scared of it because here is where true transparency lies.

  • My mom

    WE’RE kidding ourselves. There’s no way FOI could be passed into law in the 15th Congress. The 14th Congress came closer by reaching bicameral stage. Let’s just prepare for another FOI episode in the 16th Congress by voting for the right people in next year’s elections. Palitan natin silang lahat! Bago naman. Junk any candidate sporting an old name! Junk all who voted in favor of the Cybercrime Prevention Act, as well.

  • Fulpol

    without B.S. Aquino III support, it will not materialized…. this is not about the relevance and urgency of the bill, it is about listening to the master because he control the pork barrel…

  • kilabot

    no! no more of this stupid foi bill. noykapon doesn’t want it. imagine somebody using the foi to determine noykapon’s true mental and sexual condition? this bill is dead. ubo ubo ubo!

  • Magsasaka

    ganito lang iyan, bawat tongressman at senatong na ayaw sa FOI ibrand as mandurugas at huwag ng iboto magpakailanman

  • disqusted0fu

    if the administration was sincere when they said that they supported this bill, how come committee hearings are only being done now? and obviously being delayed? they had the whole year last year but there wasnt even one about it.

  • disqusted0fu

    if the administration was sincere when they said that they supported this bill, how come committee hearings are only being done now? and obviously being delayed? they had the whole year last year but there wasnt even one about it.

  • http://twitter.com/verjomar Verlito Ablin

    The present administration or any government officials for that matter maybe afraid of the passage of FOI bill because they do not want the public to know how taxpayers money are being spend. I think it is the major and only reason why the passage of FOI bill until now is in limbo. For the Philippines to move in the right directions without too much reliance on elected officials for in this case the politicians are apparently the stumbling block of the general public interests, I hope there is a way for the passage of a people-initiated bill even if the legislators are against it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QZZKXPEA67I7HELEIYM35QVYFA Jon

    The Palace has made sure that the FOI Bill will never see the light of day. 
    The fact that ES Ochoa is vehemently denying any involvement only adds credence to the rumors of the Palace’s meddling to undermine the bill.
    This blatant underhandedness only shows that the campaign promise to pass the FOI bill was nothing more than smoke and mirrors to fool voters in believing that they were serious in upholding public transparency and accountability.
    The joke’s on us Filipino people and that we believed this pile of bovine excrement.    

    • ODAPAIN

      its goin to be a bigger joke when we elect them back to office and pay taxes for their salaries just to steal from us again.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3X63ERZIWTOMAG3YCZLV4WBKU4 eric

    ang bagal ng usad nito pero yung House Bill 6551 (aka. taxpayers’ money to subsidize political parties’ campaign funds) approved agad!  

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/PSCDRTK7ATJ6YW3BJS3BQ7QXQY Imelda

      he he he…..iba talaga tayo…….walang tatalo sa pinas pag korapsyon na ang pag-usapan

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    CASINO NEW PEOPLES ARMY YAN”

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