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Even village heads must bare their SALNs in Senate FOI bill

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Barangay (village) chairpersons, including those in remote areas, aren’t exempt from uploading their statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALNs) on the Internet under the Senate’s version of the freedom of information (FOI) bill.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Poe: Weak FOI law worse than Aquino’s inaction

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Sen. Grace Poe FILE PHOTO

A weak freedom of information (FOI) law and not President Aquino’s disinterest in it is what has Sen. Grace Poe concerned.

Posted: March 14th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

FOI bill passed by Senate

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STREET LOBBYING With five sessions left before the 15th Congress adjourns, militant groups troop to the House of Representatives to push for the passage of the freedom of information (FOI) bill, which finally reached the plenary on Monday. The groups say the measure, which is 20 years in the making, is the solution to the squabble over the alleged misuse of government funds. FILE PHOTO

The Senate on Monday passed on third and final reading the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill, Inquirer Radio 990AM said.

Posted: March 10th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Senate OKs FOI bill on second reading

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Sen. Grace Poe FILE PHOTO

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill has been approved on second reading in the Senate Monday.

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

House technical group adopts common provisions of 22 FOI bills

STREET LOBBYING With five sessions left before the 15th Congress adjourns, militant groups troop to the House of Representatives to push for the passage of the freedom of information (FOI) bill, which finally reached the plenary on Monday. The groups say the measure, which is 20 years in the making, is the solution to the squabble over the alleged misuse of government funds. FILE PHOTO

The technical working group (TWG) on the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill agreed to adopt the common provisions of the 22 versions of the proposed measure that ensures transparency and accountability in government.

Posted: February 6th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

House meeting on FOI bill suspended thrice over technicality

Capiz Representative Fredenil Castro. Photo from http://www.congress.gov.ph

The technical working group (TWG) meeting on the freedom of information (FOI) bill has been suspended thrice over a mere technicality on the procedure.

Posted: February 6th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

FOI bill proponents in House still hopeful of approval

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INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Proponents of the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill are convinced that the leaders of the House of Representatives are not out to sabotage this despite Malacañang’s reluctance to give the public full access to state information, excluding sensitive national security issues.

Posted: February 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Lawmakers told: If you have nothing to hide, fear not FOI bill

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Sen. Grace Poe FILE PHOTO

Sen. Grace Poe on Wednesday called on the House of Representatives to speed up the passage of the freedom of information (FOI) bill, saying House members have nothing to fear from the transparency measure if they have nothing to hide.

Posted: January 30th, 2014 in Nation | Read More »

Senators take home P1.4M a month–Santiago

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Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, hobbled by a chronic fatigue syndrome, made a rare appearance in a committee hearing on Tuesday, batting for the swift passage of the freedom of information (FOI) bill and urging the inclusion of a provision that would allow voters to determine if school dropouts in the Senate deserve their P1.4 million monthly pay.

Posted: January 29th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Santiago warns of conflicts in freedom of information bills

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Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiiago INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago has warned proponents of the Freedom of Information Bill to brace themselves for constitutional questions that may be filed against the transparency measure in the Supreme Court.

Posted: January 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Grace Poe tireless in promoting FOI bill passage

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Sen. Grace Poe FILE PHOTO

Senator Grace Poe on Monday said the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill would promote greater transparency in government to curb corruption.

Posted: January 27th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Speaker Belmonte vows passage of ‘freedom of info’ bill

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Speaker Feliciano Belmonte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Despite its slow progress, the freedom of information (FOI) bill will be passed in the House of Representatives during his term, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte said on Monday.

Posted: January 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

FOI bill passage eyed by end-March

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Sen. Grace Poe FILE PHOTO

To fast-track the approval of the proposed Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, Sen. Grace Poe on Sunday urged her colleagues to enlist for interpellation with well-prepared questions.

Posted: January 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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