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FOI Bill in jeopardy as House fails to muster quorum again

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From l-r: Makabayan bloc Reps. Luz Ilagan, Neri Colmenares, Teddy Casino, Antonio Tinio, Rafael Mariano, Emmi de Jesus, Raymond Palatino withdraw support for FOI Bill. Casino withdraws coauthorship. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — After mustering a quorum for the first time last Monday, the House of Representatives once again failed Tuesday to tackle the Freedom of Information Bill.

This time session was suspended abruptly at past 5 p.m. without roll call.

Cibac Representative Sherwin Tugna, a co-author of the bill, said he suspected that there was no quorum and said in jest “sa bahay ko na lang yata babasahin ang sponsorship speech ko (it looks like I would read my sponsorship speech at home) .”

He was supposed to deliver his sponsorship speech for the FOI Bill Monday but only two speeches on the measure pushed through.

“According to the floor leader, if no quorum, no discussion of RH will take place,” said FOI Bill co-author Akbayan Representative Walden Bello.

But the measure’s principal author Deputy Speaker Lorenzo Tañada III was keeping his hopes up for the bill’s fate, saying that there was still a possibility of the FOI Bill passing during the 15th Congress.

“What if the President certifies it as urgent?” he asked.


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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QNY75VSKM4I35WA2R6Q7B7TZGE RubenC

    Unlike the RH Law, the FOI bill has no foreign funding so legislators aren’t really interested in passing it.

  • wakats

    It is crystal-clear that the FOI bill will be archived indefinitely since the lawmakers’ questionable transactions on porks, etc, can be questioned after its passage.

  • mekeni62

    Pnoy has said it before. the FOI bill is not among his priorities unless a change of heart ensues.

  • kismaytami

    Hindi yan priority ng current admin. Marami kasing katiwaliang mae-expose. Malalaman ng taumbayan na maliban sa tuwid na daan ay meron din palang detour at express lane.

  • kilabot

    the foi bill is like pacquiao, about to be dealt a stunning knockdown; 
    courtesy of noykapon, the verbal dynamite.

  • Your_King

    I guess that’s the problem with the government under the Aquino admin…they don’t want information to be free to the public. Everyone knows by now how much money they all have and get from the Philippine budget but maybe they don’t want information to be made readily available to the public since there is something to hide. With all the many unsolved problems in the country like dirty waterways and broken roads…who knows…



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