Palace: Aquino not out to kill FOI bill


Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Malacañang on Wednesday denied President Aquino has been leading the charge to kill the freedom of information (FOI) bill, but made no commitment to rally its allies in Congress to approve the measure.

The President’s spokesperson, Secretary Edwin Lacierda, declared that Malacañang has not been delaying the passage of the controversial bill, but has deferred to the lawmakers in the House of Representatives to deliberate on it.

“We have submitted our FOI Bill and we have no hand in delaying [the passage of] the bill,’’ he said in a briefing.

Lacierda said that even proponents of the bill acknowledged that the administration has been transparent, and this should douse any speculation that the President “is the lead conspirator in the fight against the FOI bill.’’

When asked about perceptions that the President has been secretly undermining the passage of the bill, Lacierda said: “That is totally incorrect. We are a government that practices transparency and our actions speak for themselves.’’

Lacierda also denied reports that Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. has been spearheading the lobby against the bill.

Deliberations on the bill by the House committee on public information have been stymied by technicalities. The committee chair, Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone, on Tuesday adjourned the hearing before the consolidated version could be put to a vote, fearing this would overlap with the plenary session.

Advocates had been hoping that this could be put to a vote at the committee so it could be forwarded to the plenary for debate and approved on final reading.

The bill seeks to lift the secrecy surrounding the government transactions and documents, and allow for more transparency. The measure is aimed at rooting out corruption and promoting good governance.

Lacierda said Malacañang has submitted its version of the bill, and even Cabinet officials have appeared in the hearings as resource persons.

He observed that the deliberations were bogged down by Nueva Ecija Rep. Rodolfo Antonino’s claim that the consolidated bill ignored his version containing a right of reply provision, but factored in Malacañang’s version.

“We already submitted our FOI version. So we are happy with our FOI version—the Malacañang version,’’ he said. “As to the developments in the House, that’s another matter which we are not aware of.’’

On whether Malacañang was concerned that the bill had not moved past the committee level, Lacierda said it would remain hopeful “it would pass out of the committee.’’

But he indicated that the passage of the 2013 national budget and the sin tax bill would be the administration’s priorities for now.

“Well, there are a number of bills that have to be passed first admittedly, which we have not denied: the budget, the sin tax. The budget is important. The sin tax bill will address the funding gap. The RH is another and the FOI. But, again, all these we leave with the legislature,’’ he said.

Would the President make a stronger endorsement of the measure then?

Lacierda said: “We already made our position very clear. We have submitted our version. We have talked to the Right to Know, (Right Now) coalition.’’

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  • eirons1043

    I agree the palace is not killing the FOI bill it is only ignoring it (as if there is a difference to killing it) up to May 2016 at bahala na ang susunod na Presidente. Kasi baka gamitin daw kay Tuwid Boy kung mapasa.

  • suburbanmother

    This is one campaign promise that the president did not reallly intend to fulfill. Too bad, I had such high hopes for this guy. In the end, he’s just a politician just like the rest.

  • jenny lim

    Bakit si PNoy, nakipag dinner at lunch pa sa mga Congressmen to express his support on RH Bill and even rally them to work on it.

    Sana imbitahan din niya ulit ang mga Congressman for dinner or lunch and express his support on FOI Bill.  At bakit di niya ni-recommend in public speeches gaya ng ginawa niya sa RH Bill.

    Saan na ang transparency at tuwid na daan na sabi niya.  Kung walang kinatatakutang mabuking, ipasa na ang FOI Bill.  Ito ang magbabantay at magbubunyag sa mga tiwali at magnanakaw sa gobyerno.

  • jeffrey_01

    Everybody has skeleton in the closet.  

  • Halo

    Ano kaya tinatago ng palasyo kaya biglang tinanggal ang supporta ni pnoy sa foi bill? Naalala ko nung panahon ni gma, full support si pnoy para sa bill na ito kasi gusto nyang makaganti kay gma. Ngayong pangulo na sya at bilyon bilyon ang hawak nyang intelligence funds na unaudited biglang naglaho ang kanyang supporta para sa bill na magbibigay karapatan sa mamamayan upang malaman kung paano ginagastos ng gobyerno ang pondo ng bayan. Hmmm……..

  • johnnie r

    Lulusot yan sa congreso…sa LAST DAY in office ni PNOY!!!

  • Archie B

    iba ang sinasabi Malacanan sa ginagawa nila.

    kung titingnan ninyo ang mga ibang ginawa ng mga Tongressmen under PNoy Administration, may mga ginawa sila na iniutos ng Presidente at agad naman nilang ginawa. e bakit itong si FOI Bill, walang utos ang Presidente. kaya wala rin gawa si Tongressmen?

    TAKE NOTE: ang may hawak ng committee for that bill ay kapartido ng nakaupong Presidente.

    Evardone: pag adjourn na dapat ay hahantong na sa pagboto.

    Ochoa: lobbyist.

    tuwad na daan.

  • $14334231

    penoy is sooooo PRO for the passage of RH Bill……for FOI, he is mummed….why?….if passed, it will put alll these politicians to shame on how they have enriched themselves with the peoples’ money….in a democratic country like ours, this is one bill that these politicians will suppress, come hell or high water….bakit kamo?…eh, di nawalan lahat sila ng trabaho!!!…ang bill na pinapasa??…’yong mga may taxes na babayaran ni juan at juana dahil dito sila kumikita….we are no better than the nation of Haiti….our polititicans are all like the late Papa Doc Duivalier, the dictator then of Haiti….his simple solution…..keep them poor and they will follow you….our country is almost identical to Haiti, except that we have more educated people than them, but far less than the uneducated….think…all talks about building classrooms, hiring more teachers and such….and what is the end result????….NADA!!!!…..

  • billy gunner

    of course aquino is out to kill the FOI bill. nang-uuto na naman itong si lacierda!

  • Rizalina Rizal

    Obviously, Malacanang is double-talking or put in other words, ginagago tayo.

    Self-serving P-Noycchio and his self-serving political allies sa Kongreso at sa Senado don’t want the FOI Bill na maging batas kasi makakasama sa mga financial at political interests nila at sa mga interests (also both financial and political) ng mga supergreedy at superkurakot na kamaganak, (like Danding Cojuangco) cronies at mga campaign financiers nila. Simply put, the rejection is all about money and politics.

  • bozzone


  • bongarroyo

    PNOY magnakaw ka na kasi kawawa na kasi masyado ang mga utak talangka rito…..hirap na hirap makakita ng butas sa gobyerno mo…lol

    • billy gunner

       matagal nang magnanakaw ang idolo mo. itanong mo sa mga taga hacienda!

    • Bert

      Ang tanong, bakit sya takot sa FOI Bill kung sya ay malinis at wala syang anomalya?

  • JJF724

    Congress, Senate, SupreCourt… sapalagay gusto nilang yong mga itim nang kasingitsingitan nila?  those of your wasting time on FOI … better do somethings like drop nuclear bomb to clean Philippines.

  • superpilipinas

    This administration is still selective in its fight against corruption.

    Obviuously, Aquino is not supporting it. He is afraid of transparency.


    We must unite to teach them a painful lesson….that if we lose confidence in them, they’re out.

  • superpilipinas

    Without a good FOI Bill, there’s no such thing as Good Governance.

    • magiting78

      Its true…pero dapat may guidelines pano ipapatupad, dapat malinaw sino ang may access at kung kailan, at ano ang purpose…kasi kung lahat ay may access at hnd malinaw ang purpose pwd maging tools ito ng mga bad politician to attack their opponent during campaign….wag nating madiliin, mahirap yung bara bara magulo…
      Try to look yung cybercrime law minadali nila, na over look nila yung isiningit ni Sotto n pag criminalize ng libel…Nasagasaan nila yung freedom of expression…makikita mo dito mga pulitiko natin karamihan hnd nag iisip…

  • Aber!

    Every administration’s got something to hide. Barely 3 years in office, P-noy suddenly has so much to hide that he has to change his position on transparency and freedom of information. The president may not be out to kill the FOI bill but he certainly isn’t moving heaven and earth to get it passed. Another 3 years and P-noy will have even more secrets to hide. Only the next administration can unravel the secrets of P-noy. Joker might just turn out to be prophetic when he warned P-noy that his successor will abuse the powers of AMLC against him, just as P-noy abused it on his predecessor. Every generation blames the one before. FOI bill or not, P-noy and his family will have to be ready for that day. Tito Peping might even throw his nephew under the bus just to save his own skin. The powers that be can foil the FOI bill but they’re not fooling anyone.

  • speaksoftlylove

    PDI has several photo files of Lacierda but there’s one thing that did not escape my observation. Ever time Lacierda talks nonsense the photo above is usually the one being used. I think it serves as a cue.

  • Jon

    Lokohan nanaman.
    Tagilid ang FOI bill kasi mabubuking ang kalokohan ng mga KKK.

  • GlenMJacob

    To PNoy,

    Why can’t you certify the FOI bill as urgent ? If you are really for good governance why not urge the congress to pass the bill ! . I am starting to doubt your good intentions for the country. The FOI will further strengthen democracy! An informed people is good for the country and democracy. FOI is also a deterrent for corrupt public officials! You yourself said the people is your boss. Well we are demanding that you join us on this. Pass the FOI bill and sign it into law.



  • dacuycoy

    Of course, the President did’nt kill the FOI Bill.  Henchmen Ebardone and Antonino annahilated it.
    Do we need to talk about straight path and transparency to nowhere.

  • 56del_11

    pdi, pls nman, nxt time, mgandang pic naman ni lacierda ilagay nyo,mukhang nagpapatawa lng ung face nya eh, LOL

  • Bert

    Ang SINUNGALING, kahit anong gawing PALUSOT, SINUNGALING pa rin……

    Simply lang, IF THERE’S A WILL, THERE’S A WAY. If they can do pass the CYBERCRIME LAW in record speed, why can’t they do it to FOI Bill?

    Wag nyo na kaming G*GUHIN…..

    • Jack

      sabi nga ni ms susan roces ” ang sinungaling ay kamag-anak ng magnanakaw”

      • Bert

        not just kamag-anak, it’s kapatid…..

    • magiting78

      Sa akin namin first come first serve…ayusin n muna nila ang gusot s cybercrime law..nka binbin s SC ito..Wala din silbi ang FOI bill kung hnd maipapatupad ang cybercrime law try to think may nalaman ka katiwalian s funds ng government pano mo ilalabas s public baka makasuhan k against cybercrime…kaya nila ginawang criminal yung cybercrime in preparation d2 s FOI…Try to analyze it nung n approved ang cyber crime law tumulin ang deliberasyon ng FOI bill bakit kamo? kasi may blanket yung mga pulitiko pag nag report ka ng against s kanila thru website or internet pwd k kasuhan ng libel…nung kinontes s SC at nag labas ng TRO yung SC natigil sila s FOI Bill…

      • Bert

        very good analysis…..bottom line, these politicos are planting safety nets to protect themselves from being exposed of their corruptions and anomalies….still, this is contrary to pnoy’s tuwid na daan slogan. Terrorize people with the cybercrime law so that foi bill becomes inutile.

  • TwiggyRamirez

    …kapag ang “pangako” nagmula sa isang politiko, asahan mong mapapako.

    • Francis81

       Akala ko ba iba si Pweenoy? Mas masahol pa pala sa TRAPO! Kahit papano may mga trapo na nagtatrabaho naman pero itong si Peeenoy, di na nagtatrabaho, sinungaling at magnanakaw pa!

  • Andres_Bagumbayan

    Kapag gusto,may paraan.Kapag ayaw ay may dahilan….Nagawa mo nga,Haring BaStos Aquino na patalsikin si Ginoong Corona ng walang sagabal eh bakit ba itong napakaimportanteng batas na magbibigay kaalaman sa mamamayan kung ano ang mga milagrong nangyayari sa mga transakyon sa gobyerno ay hindi mo madiktahan ang kongreso na madalling ipasa?

    Bakit ba BS aquino?may milyong-milyong bang dahilan?naku ha…bawal sa santong pangulo ang hindi maging tapat sa tungkulin!!! Ikaw din,baka magalit ang iyong inang santa….(pwe)

  • kilabot

    not kill, just disabled.
    imagine using the foi to inquire about noykapon’s true mental condition and sexual orientation.
    foi will be toothless, noykapon will make sure of that.

    • magiting78

      Kilabot hnd kasama s FOI ang medical records at personal…nakapaloob d2 may access ang mamayan s mga proyektong pinonduhan ng gobyerno, may access ang public kung magkano ang fund ng government at mga pulitiko at kung saan nila ito ginastos…masyado nmn ata malawak ang sakop ng FOI Bill mo hehehe…stay lang tau s argumento wag n nating dagdagan ng kung ano ano pa nagiging magulo tau eh…Posible ngang delay ni Pnoy to para hnd malaman ng publiko n mapera ang gobyerno pero wala syang nagagawa para pagandahin buhay ng karamihan…Para hnd malaman ng public n isa syang inuuuuuuuuuuuutillllllllllllllllllll..lolz

  • EdgarEdgar

    This should come as no surprise. Noynoy was never really for transparency or the FOI bill. When Noynoy and Peping, who are both holding government positions, refused to sign the waiver in the wake of Corona’s ouster, we should have known better. When Noynoy refused to investigate Puno for destroying evidence in Robredo’s office, we should have known better. When Noynoy tried to conceal his secret China talks, we should have known better. When Noynoy refused to investigate Neil Tupas Jr. for building a P42 million house in Xavierville which he could hardly afford, we should have known better. When Noynoy used the full force of AMLC secretly against his perceived enemies as early as 2010, we should have known better. When Noynoy refused to reveal his psychological records, we should have known better. When Noynoy tried so hard to cover up his homosexual relationship with childhood sweetheart Eulalio Diaz III who fabricated properties under Corona’s name, we should have known better. When Noynoy refused to disclose fully his campaign donation bonanza in 2010, we should have known better. To this day, Noynoy and his clan have yet to make a clear accounting of the windfall they received from the 2010 election. Some say Noynoy has it all neatly tucked away in Singapore for his retirement. But all this should come as no surprise. When Noynoy chose to kiss and make up with Danding and forget about his father’s killer, he’s clearly not for truth and transparency. Noynoy may still harbor resentments against his late father for being too hard on him but that hardly justifies anything. If Noynoy can betray his parents, he certainly has no qualms about betraying the other 95 million Filipinos. This should come as no surprise. Noynoy killed the FOI bill.

  • ben311

    pnoy speaks with fork tongue…so be careful about this guy. we have seen a lot of his kind through out our short history. he is also surrounded by evil doers. don’t be trusting.

  • Albert Einstien

    BOLA at PROPAGANDA na naman…pinocchio————————————>

    yang FOI ANTICORRUPTION measure yan..AYAW na AYAW nila yan kasi COA mismo ang nagsasabi base sa AUDIT nila sa fy 2011 na inilabas lang ng isang buwan..101.8 BILLION ang KURAPSYON pinakaMALAKI sa kasaysayan ng NAKAWAN sa gobyerno…..panahon ni pnoy ito…papano nila IIMBISTIGAHAN ang KKK…sila sila rin yan…

    PROPAGANDA lang ni PNOy na suportado nya during election promise yan FOI…lahat ng SINASABI nya kabaligtaran…lalo lang dumami ang naghihirap at nagugutom….pinocchio—–>wag na MANGARAP….ng FOI…MAI-ILAWAN at maWAWANG-WANGAN kasi yun HUWAD na DAAN….yun mga KKK mismo ang HUMAHARANG kasi ..makikita na yun GOLDEN PARACHUTE …sa stock manipulations,koneksyon sa illegal activities like gambling, drugs, logging, money laundering, pyramiding scams , mga salaries & bonuses, huge contract commissions, kickbacks , under the long table, mining, deuterium,oil & gas exploaration kickbacks etc.. ..makakalkal din yung mga BIG MANSIONS local & abroad, huge cash foreign & peso deposits, mga KULASISI at partners in plundering nila….damay lahat ng ARI-ARIAN ng boung KKK clan…….. most IMPORTANTLY pwede na ILABAS ang MEDICAL RECORDS ng me mga SIRA ang ULO na mga POLITICIANS & their dynasty……..

  • Alfred

    Takot na takot si Noynoy sa FOI bill dahil nga pag aprubado na ito,.tyak maraming mag rerequest sa Psychological record nya bwahahahaahha,.. mabibistong isa talaga syang abnoy lol ;)

    • magiting78

      hehehe parang hnd ka nmn ata nag babasa brod….hnd nmn kasama s FOI Bill ang personal records at medical records ng politiko….ang naka paloob d2 yung mga naka a lot n pundo s kanila dapat may access ang public kung saan nila ginastos at paano ginastos…

  • LegalJustice

    Now his true color is starting to surface, hahaha.

    I used to like him but not anymore it all started with backdoor negotiation with China, Under Sec Puno and then Ms. Grace Padaca and now FOI.

     He is the same as anyone else you thought his different for he has the last name of his dad, Aquino.

    After all its all rhetoric : “Ang tuwid na daan.” at ” Kayo ang boss ko.”

    Philippines has been duped again !

    Why he is so afraid of FOI if he wants transparancy ?  Your guess is as good as anyone else.

    • disqusted0fu

       this administration has been a hoax all along. why do you think its just full of rhetoric words and pleasing promises? jokes, diversions, attacks, celebrity girlfriends, issues after issues? its to prevent the true colors from surfacing. but hopefully people will soon see it before ts too late.

  • Paglaya

    Tuwid na daan, yehey!


    so many out there especially the freaking yellow horde of zombies and equally demented  mind of the despicable yellow ribbon wearer president has no intention of passing the FOI bill no matter how strong the clamor of the general public his ears are truly deaf and his brain a pea brain to describe our hopeless, worthless nothing can we proud off to the international community our small pea brain president!! all his promise are really meant to be broken, his promise are for show and deliberate liar from the time his being a lazy congressman to the do nothing more lazier senator and now the NOYNOYING PRESIDENT who has done none to speak of major projects and major contribution to the economy of the this beloved country

    • Seroquel55

       P Aquino is a psychotic homo hence to be deceiving and treacherous is deeply ingrained in his system.


    the only project that he was proud to mention in his speech was the quezon ave- araneta underpass, for him to travel much faster going from malacanang to his yucky Times street home!! surely this was his star of the moment of having his own underpass for his own convenience!!!


    now the country is languishing from its economic growth because of the numerous projects underway that could have been utilize by our counytrymen especially the farm to market roll-on roll-off bridge, the dredging of Laguna lake and construction of the c-5 extension this are major projects that could have been boon to our provincial farmers lessening the cost of bringing the agricultural products to the city proper!!


    his PPP projects another laughable dream when no major investor will come and implement those PPP because of our insidious constitutional provision of limiting foreign companies of investing and transfer of technological expertise of various areas of intensive work related  profession.

  • disqusted0fu

    their actions, or lack thereof speak for themselves. if they were able to do it with haste passing the cybercrime law, they should be able to do it with this bill as well if they really wanted to. considering that the cybercrime law had questions about its constitutionality and yet it was still passed as easy as that, what more this bill? if they are claiming that this administration has been transparent, this bill will very well prove that. but why are they rather hesitant?


    look around our ASEAN neighbors their FDI are truly staggering compare to our FDI my goodness is that what freak yellow ribbon wearer president is so proud and almost declaring high heavens his government is economically gaining against other ASEAN is he BLIND or DUMB??!!

    • magiting78


  • Cal_Reznick

    The President is not out to kill the FOI bill nor is he out to do anything other than persecute the former President.

    It is what it is!

    • buttones

      Well we all have to have a hobby don’t we…..mine’s embroidery- The President has his own preferred relaxing pursuits……

      • Cal_Reznick

        Ah, a relaxing President…i guess you said it all.

  • Andres_Bagumbayan

    Isang pangako nuong eleksyon na naman ang hindi tinupad ni BS aquino…Sa tutoo lang,tatlong taon na sa panununkulan ang “Pangulo ng mga dilaw”,ngunit patuloy pa din ang pagbulusok ng bayan sa kahirapan at mataas na krimen…

    Noynoying kasi ng Noynoying!!!!

  • Alex

    Just a thought… I think the administration, upon advise of it’s allies seeking congressional and senate seats this coming midterm election, is almost holding the FOI and RH Bills hostage for the 2013 midterm elections? Why? Because the truth is these 2 lawmaking bodies have more chance of passing these 2 key legislation if both houses are filled with administration allies, rather than if it is filled with the likes of mitos, rufus and suarez.

  • Francis81

    Kahit kelan sinungaling talaga ang mga ito! Pina orbit na nga si Ochoa sa mga kongresista para sabihin sa kanila na upuan tong FOI Bill na to!

  • Francis81

    Kapag naging batas ba ang FOI Bill kailangan mag kumpisal ni Lacierda at Valte na may relasyon sila?

  • buttones

    Just a reminder to all- this is what Aquino actually said a few months ago–his view on all of this has always been ‘transparent’ – he doesn’t want it…..

    “You know, having a Freedom of Information Act sounds so good and noble—[but] there’s a tendency of getting information and not really utilizing it for proper purposes,” he said at an open forum before Southeast Asian business leaders.

    Mr. Aquino advanced another reason—inarticulate-sounding, but there it was—for his reluctance to support the bill. “If I may just add, all you have to do is read our newspapers everyday,” he said. “And I think you will agree that there is… nobody can state a fact exactly the same in all of these newspapers. An opinion commenting on the fact is OK, but an opinion masquerading as a fact does not do anyone any good.”

    [sorry about the syntax but- I’m quoting from reported news- sic]

  • Edgardo Mendoza


  • opinyonlangpo

    If only the FOI bill is passed, corruption in the government will drastically be reduced if not eliminated. Makes one wonder if this president really is serious with his anticorruption drive or only selective to officials of previous administration.

  • Concerned Citizen

    At the pace things are going, the Administration might have little accomplishment at the end of his term because all plans are pending.  That will be really sad to see because that will make people conclude that the People Power /Edsa Revolution was a mistake.  The nearer his term ends, the lesser influence he will have over the senate and house of representatives and the lesser the chance any of his bills will be passed.

  • Ronald

    What BS. Kung gusto may paraan.

  • Your_King

    Then what is he out to do? Coz right now Philippines is stagnant with not much outlook for improvement over the horizon .

  • recelyn

    Ipasa nyo na please para malaman natin kung sino ang magnanakaw at hindi…

  • Edgardo Mendoza


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