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House minority has mixed views on FOI Bill

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

MANILA, Philippines — It is a conscience vote for the House minority bloc in terms of their stand on the Freedom of Information Bill.

House minority leader Danilo Suarez told reporters on Wednesday that their group had mixed views when it comes to the bill which seeks transparency in the government.

He said that they sought to have the right-to-reply provision included in the House version before giving their support for the bill.

“We are asking that they give us ample elbow room. Right now, we are fairly divided,” said Suarez, who maintained that the inclusion of the right-to-reply provision would be “a big help” in securing their votes.

Zambales Representative Mitos Magsaysay however felt that the FOI Bill being pushed in the House was “too watered-down.”

The measure only has seven days left for it to hurdle deliberations at the House. The Senate has earlier passed its version but insisted it was hands off on the House’s method of dealing with the bill.

The minority bloc might not be united in its stand on the FOI measure but Magsaysay said that they would always be present during session.

“We were there yesterday (Tuesday). We were prepared. Maybe you should ask the majority if they want this bill passed,” she said.

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  • boypalaban

    FREEDOM OF CORRUPTION BILL IPASA! – Philippine politicians

  • poltergeist_fuhrer

    MAJORITY/MINORITY…all are the same…TRAPO!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EXFI4EUGM23PQ4FMQKLVH36OXI Jose

    The populace needs to be more worked up about this (and its not having the right of reply garbage).

    To do so, I propose that we get the CBCP to start opposing it.  Worked for the RH Bill.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PZR7JI7G2WD2CTVMZ7LM667FD4 Ugly Bunny

       I bet they won’t make much noise as much as they did with RH Bill.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PZR7JI7G2WD2CTVMZ7LM667FD4 Ugly Bunny

    Right to Reply simply means journalist and commoners can never release what they found out until you scumbags replied on the issue.

    But what if you are deliberately out of reach for your f*ck’n reply? Then what?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GEL5M676WZ7BLFR4SNH66WKRZM Bigboy I

    this is BS!!!

  • whyinthisworld

    Hay naku danilo suarez, stop pretending, you have a lot of things to hide so why sign in favor, naturally against and without our knowing all of your cohorts on minority are against it. Aminin. Don’t always try to fool people around you, sometime mag paka totoo ka sana.

  • Palku Kha

    walang mangyaring FOI bill kung walang basbas ng Pangulo.ang tanong,bakit ba ayaw ng ating pangulo na i certify as urgent ang bill na ito nagawa naman nya sa ibang bill kagaya ng RH at Sin tax bill? may tinatagong ri ba siyang baho??? nasaan na sinasabi nya noong panahon sa kampanya na suportado nya ang FOI bill kung siya ang mananalo??? drawing lang pala!

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