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‘Separate right of reply law better’

Rep. Winston Castelo. Photo from congress.gov.ph

Quezon City Rep. Winnie Castelo has opposed the inclusion of a right to reply provision in the freedom of information (FOI) bill, saying it would be better to have a separate law for it.

Posted: May 26th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

FOI bill hearings like ‘turtle on the ground’


After four meetings to discuss the 24 versions of the Freedom of Information (FOI) bills, a House of Representatives committee barely scratched the surface for the measure to hurdle the panel for the plenary.

Posted: May 19th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

House committee OKs full disclosure bill

Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The freedom of information bill may be moving slowly in the House of Representatives, but transparency advocates could take heart as the public information committee has approved a measure that would require full disclosure of documents pertaining to the use of public funds.

Posted: May 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Palace commits support for FOI bill–next year


Malacañang has finally committed to push for the passage of the long-awaited freedom of information (FOI) bill in 2015, one year before President Benigno Aquino III completes his term, with a transition period of two years before government agencies are fully compliant.

Posted: May 11th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

No FOI? Cha cha, Anti-dynasty bills in Congress’ agenda on Monday

House of Representatives. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

The House of Representatives will tackle bills on charter change and political dynasties as it resumes session on Monday, Radyo Inquirer 990AM said.

Posted: May 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »