Poll season blamed for FOI bill delay


House Deputy Majority Leader Miro Quimbo on Tuesday blamed the campaign season for the absence of many of legislators from the deliberation of key measures such as the FOI bill on the floor. Photo by Tetch Torres/INQUIRER.net

There’s a new reason why congressmen can’t seem to pass the freedom of information (FOI) bill.

House Deputy Majority Leader Miro Quimbo on Tuesday blamed the campaign season for the absence of many of legislators from the deliberation of key measures such as the FOI bill on the floor.

“The problem really today is it is already the campaign period and many of our colleagues are already campaigning, especially those who are running for other positions,” he said in Filipino.

Session was suspended on Tuesday without the FOI measure being taken up. The chamber now has five session days left. Candidates for local positions are not allowed to campaign until March 30, while the campaign period for national bets will start on Feb. 12.

The FOI bill reached the plenary only last Monday but has remained stuck at the sponsorship stage.

The Senate passed its version of the FOI bill last year.

Quimbo urged the public to pressure their respective representatives to pass the bill.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Tuesday joined mounting calls for the passage of the FOI) bill.

In a pastoral statement, the bishops attributed the continuing corruption and abuse of power by public officials to the public’s lack of access to information or possibly, the deliberate hiding of pertinent information by those in the government.

“It is ironic that the government that prides itself of treading the daang matuwid fears the FOI bill because of possible discovery of wrongdoing by public officials. Why are they afraid to entrust the citizens with the truth of their governance?” stated the CBCP.

The Church hierarchy noted that without the FOI bill, many public officials guilty of corruption both in the present and past administration would remain free and not prosecuted for their wrongdoings.

CBCP President Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, Antipolo Bishop Gabriel Reyes and Manila Auxiliary Bishops Broderick Pabillo, and Bernardino Cortez took turns reading from the statement.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/74DX67S5U6H557SPUXS5XZ6QJI Alisto Juan

    Ayaw talaga, baka malaman pa ng publiko ang kanilang mga ginagawa.

  • elgeepee

    this only proves who these congressmen are.pakapalan lang yan. 

  • superpilipinas

    He-he-he. Blaming it on the rain?

    PNoy could have asked his allies, the majority, to expedite FOI.

    What did he ask his allies to expedite?….Condoms.

  • superpilipinas

    PNoy was happy to drive and create a law that generates billions of pesos with the Sin Tax Bill.

    Again, he was happy this time to drive and create a law that spends billions of pesos with the RH Bill.

    But….he does not want to drive the creation of the bill that would protect the billions of pesos from corruption. That, in itself, is simple and plain corruption.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MJFXCRSCXRWPLL42QQKSINC3AQ Mamerto

    It is so easy for Congress to “search for a reason” Why Not to Pass the FOI-Bill.
    The Philippine Congress is REALLY a “Congress of Baboons”…,Vicious and Obnoxious..!

  • Bengatibo

    Stop blaming and making alibi, FOI was not passed, blame it on the congressmen.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GYYFBINDMTZHM6TDHPB667452M agustin

    Isa sa mautak na tuta ito si Quimbo.biro mo ang FOI bill ay hindi na talakayin dahil sa malapit na ang halalan. mababaw na dahilan, pero hanga ako sa kanya. kaya niyang linlangin si AB na siya ay kakampi sa administrayon at handang ipagtangol basta huwag lang ungkatin ang anomaliya sa housing ng PAG IBIG.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XIDO4V2FQAQ6UPUCBXYOODPLAA drunken_master


  • http://twitter.com/r_eyesian ian reyes

    We have ample time back then, bakit nyo ngaun gagawin issue ito eh alam naman natin na wla na pagasa…..GINAGAWA MO BA ITO QUIMBO PARA KUNWARI IKAW ANG LUMALAKAD NITO…..SHAME ON YOU…….

    • Ronald

      Last time kasi Christmas season na, before nun All Saints, tapos Valentines pa tsaka Chinese New Year. 

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    Miro Quimbo can use all sorts of excuses for the congress not to pass the FOI Bill. But we all know the real score. Speaker Belmonte is afraid of his dark secrets coming to light. President Aquino also has his own dark secrets together with the KKK surrounding him. 3 more years and his term will end. Even without FOI Bill, the enemies of the President Aquino will reveal his dark secrets. Miro Quimbo too should be ready to face his Pag-ibig Fund scam to the tune of 7 billion pesos. FOI bill or not, it just a matter of time. Weder-weder lang yan.

  • mekeni62

    Hindi naman kasi pagkakaperahan iyan eh unless Pnoy orders it as urgent or else aamagin na iyan. Mga kupal talaga.

  • Loggnat

    ‘ House Deputy Majority Leader Miro Quimbo on Tuesday blamed the campaign season for the absence of many of legislators from the deliberation of key measures such as the FOI bill on the floor.’ /// This person should blame himself and his boss Belmonte for not doing their job as the citizens of the country is clamoring for this bill to be passed into law. As the leader of the House of representative, they should have the ‘cojones’ to penalized absent members to enforced strict attendance so that the the key measures of the FOI bill could be deliberated on the floor. Quimbo’s boss, Belmonte, does not even have the guts to tell the pi$$-poor excuse himself to the people and sends his lackey instead to do it. Damning inability, bordering on incompetency of these two leaders of the House makes the common people wonders where their loyalty lies. Are they for the common good and benefit of the people or for the ease and protection of those corrupt politicians to hide and accumulate their loot? 

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Mga botante, lalo na ang mga kabataan, pls don’t vote re-electionist congressman sa bayan ninyo. Let a new congressman work on the FOI.

  • disqusted0fu

    No excuses. If they really wanted to pass the bill, no doubt that they can. But since the passing of the FOI will reveal anomalies of our government, they’d rather make excuses just to delay the passing. If only Pnoy is true to his word in supporting the passing of the bill, this still has a chance of passing. But since he doesn’t want his straight path government be exposed, he will not do anything either.

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