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House minority bloc to support FOI bill with ‘right to reply’ provision

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House minority leader Danilo Suarez. RYAN LEAGOGO/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines — The House minority bloc will only support a Freedom of Information Bill that has the right of reply provision.

This was according to House minority leader Danilo Suarez who said in an interview with reporters on Wednesday that although their members were divided on the FOI Bill, what they agreed on was the need for a right of reply provision.

“Right to reply must be included in the provision. Si Erin [Deputy Speaker Lorenzo Tanada III] is a very good friend…sabi ko sa kaniya nung tinanong niya ako, sa minority mixed tayo. Merong pabor merong hindi,” said Suarez.

“Ang hinihingi ko lang, be specific on the right to reply. That we should be given the right opportunity, right footage, right column on our right to reply and we will support it,” he added.

The FOI Bill remains in limbo after Eastern Samar Representative Ben Evardone adjourned the committee on public information without putting the consolidated version of the proposed measure to a vote.

This was despite urgings from many of the legislators present to just push through with the hearing even if it was past their schedule.

Tanada told reporters that he still hoped the FOI Bill would be brought up and tackled when the public information committee reconvenes on November 27.

He said that Evardone had placed the FOI Bill on ICU by delaying its hearings due to the lack of available conference rooms at the House.


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  • boypalaban

    sa mga ayaw ng FOI: IPAYARI NINYO MGA ASAWA NINYONG BALAHURA AT MALILIBOG SA MGA ASONG ULOL…MGA PESTE!

    • Magsasaka

       tama, lalo na yong social climber na asawa ng dating pinuno ng pdea hehehe

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIWYLFLU4LPKS7B2ZLLRVFKS3Y vir_a

     Ngayon puyde ng mag reply ang mga natatamaan ni Pnoy sa kanyang mga speeches. He uses government resources. His victims should also be given a chance to be heard

  • Magsasaka

    ang mga magnanakaw ay hindi gagawa ng batas laban sa kanilang pagnanakaw ganon lang kasimple

    • Paglaya

      101% agreed.

  • joshmale2004

    it is just logical that if you were accused of something, you have the right to reply and rebut.

  • outsidersnake

    I am sure those so called “law breakers” have enough conference room if it comes to the pork barrel discussions, what a shame those guys are
     

  • ODAPAIN

    how shamefull.when your transparent you dont need to defend yourself,see the kind of law makers we have afraid of transparency,they have been corrupt too long they cant be honest .and cant be trusted,we pay taxes and they deny us transparency.wow takot sila sa katotohanan,how much longer shall we have this kind of lawmakers or should we assume lawbreakers

    • Astraldancer

      Baka naman…Cong. Tanada has an ambition to make ‘sulot’ the position of Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa kaya niya ginigiba. Ambisyoso rin pala.

  • spring11

    “Evardone had placed the FOI Bill on ICU by delaying its hearings due to the lack of available conference rooms as the House.”  What a friggin excuse!  So lame!  Evardone, hindi tanga ang mga Pinoy oy!  Pagbotohan na yan, ipasa at ng makita ng taong bayan ang mga itinatagong baho ninyong lahat sa gobyerno!  Taong bayan ang nagpapa-sweldo sa inyong lahat diyan sa gobyerno at taong bayan ang boss ninyong lahat!  Intinyende?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UCSY3HW5UNXFQ2HX654EWDG6YI Dit

      Why don’t we create a ‘people’s database of information’ about all politicians?

    • Prangkalang

      While Erin Tanada in the opposition side during Arroyo administration, nakakatanggap rin siyang ng pork barrel due to effort of Cong. Suarez. Kaya wag siyang magmalinis.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EDUH7A744QYTM4DOOCM3AC5CVQ Robert Martin

    how ironic that this same group of people are the ones who killed the FOI bill during the time when ARROYO, your beloved, was still the president. and yeah, it was then Speaker Nograles who shot it down at her command. And now, you are saying that you support the FOI bill para lumabas na salungat kayo sa stand ng Aquino government dito? tapos, may right to reply pa? sus….

  • disqusted0fu

    all discussions about this bill will not matter if at the end of the day, the Aquino administration will not support this bill and instead seemingly trying to block it.

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

    FOI BILL BATAS NA YAN SA SINGAPORE KAYA YAMAN BANSA NG SINGAPORE WALA GINAWA ANG GOBYERNO KUNDI MAG PADALA NG LIBOLIBONG PILIPINO NA TAGALINIS NG ENEDORO SA SINGAPORE MALAYSIA HONGKONG BATAS NA YAN DOON ITO MGA TONGRESMAN NA ITO GUMAWA KAYO NG MABUTI SA BANSA NINYO”’

  • beer_leader

    right to kurakot na lang ilagay ng mga tongressmen para mas maintindihan namin ang kanilang posisyon sa foi bill

  • Guest

    Cong. Tanada will follow everything, lalo na kung utos ni Sec. Roxas. Basta ang importante, mabigyan siya ng pwesto sa gobyerno ni Mar sa 2013.

  • zurk7714

    Si Cong. Erin Tanada, best friend forever (BFF) niya si Cong. Suarez na kritiko ng Aquino administration. Kaya walang tiwala sa kanya si Pnoy.



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